Caliente! A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage:
Cypress Street, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
5:00pm – 8:00pm | Free
Walnut Creek First Wednesdays turns into a Fiesta, celebrating National Hispanic Heritage month with salsa music by Salsa Caliente, Latin dancers and the debut of the First Wednesday Red Carpet Fashion Show, showcasing fashions by Shewan Designs. Food trucks from Food Truck Mafia include El Ranchero, Ceviche and Cheese Therapy. Beer, wine, snow cones, cotton candy, and other delicious treats are also available. Families will enjoy the face painters, retailer booths.
965 Mountain View Dr, Lafayette
Last December we learned that Susan Foord Cafe was closing in Lafayette near Trader Joe’s and now a new restaurant called Bistro Burger & Grill will be opening there in mid-September assuming everything goes as planned with final inspections. I dropped by and spoke to the owner who said the menu will be more upscale than their four San Francisco locations (check it out here). In addition to burgers there will also be grilled dishes, beer, wine and more. The inside has been completely remodeled with two flat screen televisions and is much more spacious. Stay tuned…
3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
In June we learned that a new bridal boutique called Lace & Bustle would be opening in the Clocktower in downtown Lafayette and they have now opened. Check out photos of the inside down below, very nicely done.
From their website:
In my years as a retail fashion buyer, my focus has always been choosing the most beautiful, quality assortments for my customers. It wasn’t until I was engaged that I became inspired to bring my passion for timeless beauty and heirlooms along with my eye for assorting collections into an intimate bridal boutique named Lace & Bustle.
Check out more photos of the inside after the jump…
Via Aquanuts Bingo
Bingonuts Karaoke & Bingo Night:
Blue Devils Bingo Hall
4065 Nelson Ave, Concord
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
4:30pm | $50
Your participation helps support the training of aspiring Olympic Swimmers from the Walnut Creek Aquanuts.
172 E. Prospect Ave, Danville
Earlier this month we learned that the Amalfi Coast pizzeria Locanda Ravello would be opening in Danville on Prospect Ave. and they opened last week. Check out their menu here. Find out more about the owner here. Note the beautiful photo of the inside on that page.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Earlier this week we learned about most of the stores that will be going into Broadway Plaza in their initial phase one plan in downtown Walnut Creek. Plenty of active/street wear shops. Kiehl’s, Lush and NYX Cosmetics are new cosmetics shops debuting as well. Are you happy with this selection? Considering there are five spots that have yet to be announced, what would you like to see? Keep in mind this is only for the initial phase. More stores have been confirmed for future phases in other areas of Broadway Plaza, such as Gap and possibly Restoration Hardware as well as restaurants True Food Kitchen and Boca Pizzeria.
Jazz Guitarists Martin Taylor and Bucky Pizzarelli:
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 29th, 2015
5:00pm & 8:00pm | $40
The crème de la crème of jazz guitar duos! Widely considered to be the world’s top “fingerstyle” artist, Martin Taylor’s tasteful, swinging style combines virtuosity and wit. He has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards and his collaborators include Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli and George Harrison. A true living legend, Bucky Pizzarelli’s credits include Benny Goodman, The Tonight Show Band, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Les Paul and Paul McCartney.
Encina Grande, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader who wrote in that the Safeway that is closing in Encina Grande on Ygancio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek, “this morning at 6:30 am store was packed, lines extended the entire length of the store”. I dropped by later in the afternoon and it was 85% empty. Looks like they’ll be closing sooner rather than later judging by how little stuff is left.
Thanks to a reader for sending in this photo of a blue Chevrolet Apache truck spotted in San Ramon. This looks like the 1950’s to me. Anyone know what year?