Walnut Creek


Slice House by Tony Gemignani Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Pizza fans rejoice! Slice House by Tony Gemignani is coming to the 1500 Mt. Diablo building at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek. The projected opening is scheduled for January, 2016. They will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. Check out their 2nd St. San Francisco menu here. Look for updates on their Walnut Creek website here. According to the developer, the Walnut Creek location will feature:

  • Imported Italian Triple Stack Brick Ovens
  • Traditional and Artisan Slices made with an array of authentic sauces and seasonal ingredients
  • New York, Sicilian, Grandma, California Style
  • Multi Ancient Grain Pizzas
  • House made – Pasta and Italian Sausages
  • Hand Pulled a Mozzarella
  • Several Salads and cold Pasta Salads
  • Panini, Subs
  • Gourmet/third wave coffee from North Beach such as Cafe
  • Roma and Cafe Trieste
  • Cold Press Juices
  • Soup from scratch
  • Gelato and Tiramisu

From the developer:

We’re very excited that our last and smallest space which is on the ground floor at Mt. Diablo & Commercial Lane will be a Slice House by Tony Gemignani, which will be his first location in the East Bay.
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Project Pie Closes in Walnut Creek?

1590 Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek

It’s only been a few months since the pizzeria Project Pie opened in downtown Walnut Creek but according to a reader yesterday was their last day:

I went to Project Pie today and turns out it’s their last day. They said the rent is too high. They are looking for another place.

Their phone number has been disconnected and there is no mention of their Walnut Creek location on their website


Specialty’s Café & Bakery Opens in Treat Towers in Walnut Creek

Treat Towers, Walnut Creek

In August we learned that Specialty’s Café & Bakery would be opening in Treat Towers in Walnut Creek near the Pleasant Hill BART station. Thanks to a reader for sending word that they have now opened on weekdays from 6am to 3:30pm. Check out their menu here. Note that you can save some time by ordering online for pickup at this location.



Oktoberfest at Walnut Creek Yacht Club on Oct. 7th


Oktoberfest at Walnut Creek Yacht Club:

Walnut Creek Yacht Club
1555 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
6:00pm | $65

Come join us at our Weis’n !
We’ll be drinking Hofbräu Oktoberfest from Hofbrauhaus Munchen. This is the only Munich brewery to export the same beer that they are pouring in their tent during Oktoberfest.
We tap the keg at 6:00 pm sharp.

Oktoberfest 2015 Menu

Gebrante Mandeln
burnt sugar spiced almonds

Brezen, Rettichwellung und Käse
salted house made-soft pretzels
radish curls, cambazola

Gurke, Dill & Garnelecocktail
cucumber, dill & bay shrimp cocktail

Bockwurst & Rotkohl
bavarian white veal & pork sausage
braised red cabbage, apples, fennel
caraway seed

Steckerfisch und Kartoffelsalad
grilled mackerel, lemon
warm potato & bacon salad

Apfelstrudel und Schnapps
apple, flaky pastry, vanilla sauce
german schnapps

$65 per person, tax & gratuity not included
Ein Prosit!
Hofbräu Oktoberfest Bier is included, of course.
And you’ll go home with a complimentary, official, 1 liter Oktoberfest beer stein!


Flywheel Sports Cycling Gym and Barre Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek on Oct. 9th

1373 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Flywheel Sports, a New York-based stadium cycling and barre body sculpting gym is opening this Friday, October 9th in downtown Walnut Creek right below CoreYoga Power, which opened this February.

From their website:

We’re opening our doors this Friday in Walnut Creek! We look forward to riding or pulsing with you! Check out our FREE preview class schedule below and book your spot today – they’re sure to fill up fast! We can’t wait to ride and pulse with you!  Check out our FREE preview class schedule and book your spot today – they’re sure to fill up fast!


Wine & Roses Mediterraneo at The Gardens at Heather Farm in Walnut Creek on Oct. 4th


Wine & Roses Mediterraneo:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, October 4th, 2015
4:00pm – 7:00pm | $65

Join us at The Gardens on the evening of October 4th for a unique, outdoor event experience combining the beauty of our lush gardens with live music, silent auction, and samplings of wine, beer and Mediterranean food.

Enjoy a glass of our signature, homemade Sangria as you stroll through The Gardens and connect with friends, family, colleagues and community members.

Taste a selection of award-winning wines from Wine on 49, a collaboration of wineries and tasting rooms from Sutter Creek, Amador County, paired with small Mediterranean plates prepared by local chefs and caterers.

Food Demos and Tastings of Mediterranean small plates courtesy of Blue Heron Catering, Checkers Catering, Culinary Excellence, Elegant Occasions Catering, Il Fornaio, Sunrise Bistro & Catering, The Vegetarian Gourmet, Yalla Mediterranean and more.

Wine samples from Sutter Creek’s Wine on 49 group, including Bella Grace, Yorba, Scott Harvey, Miller Wine Works and Le Mulet Rouge
Wine samples from Robert Hall Winery and craft beer by Lost Coast Brewing Company & Drake’s Brewing Company
Live Music by Dirty Cello

“Open Air” Visual Artists

Silent Auction


Lemonade Coming to Walnut Creek

1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Thanks to all who sent word… La Boulange Cafe in Walnut Creek has been closed less than a month but coming soon is Los Angeles-based Lemonade, serving “seasonal California comfort food”. More information in this Business Times article. Check out their “early fall 2015” southern California menu here.

From their Facebook page:

The concept is best described as Seasonal California Comfort Food in a fast-casual cafeteria setting. A comfortable place where locals and visitors enjoy a rotating daily spread of deliciousness: from ruggedly roasted Brussels sprouts to grain salads from around the world to stewed short ribs falling off the bone. Our dishes stress simple preparations with global taste, and are a perfect fit for today’s on-the-go lifestyle and perceptive palate.

Lemonade caters to people looking for a quick lunch or a healthy “grab and go” dinner for the family. The cafés have an emphasis on convenience and affordability, while serving the same fresh, high-quality, and innovative modern cuisine that the brand has become known for.

The food at Lemonade is as creative and diverse as the city’s inhabitants. Our marketplace salads, unique sandwiches, and slow-simmered stews taste as though every culture stirred a bit into the pot. For example, the skirt steak with grilled onions and piquillo peppers with its smoky depth, ping-pongs perfectly with our snappy salad of Chinese long beans, pluot plums, and scallion vinaigrette.