Walnut Creek


Murder in Downtown Walnut Creek Late Last Night

Via Google maps

From the Walnut Creek PD:

On 8/27/16 at 0128 hours, Walnut Creek Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Locust Street and Cypress Street. Officers located one male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to John Muir Medical Center where he later died from his injuries. No other persons were injured during this incident.

Witnesses reported a black male suspect was last seen running from the scene of the shooting. At this point this appears to be an isolated incident. Walnut Creek Police Detectives are actively investigating this case.

We are not releasing the name of the victim at this time pending notification of their family. We will be releasing more information as it becomes available.

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Detective Leonard at 925-256-3523.


Crunch Gym Opening this Fall at Orchards Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

The Orchards at Walnut Creek

We learned about two years ago that the gym Crunch would be opening at the new Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek and thanks to a reader we now know they will be opening this fall in a 26,000 square foot building with two group fitness studios and over 70 pieces of cardio equipment, “a wide variety of selectorized machines and free weights, specialty personal training and group fitness equipment.” For more details including the actual floor plan layout and pricing, check out the Walnut Creek Crunch website here.


Beyond Health and Fitness Studio Opens in Walnut Creek

Photo via Beyond Health and Fitness

675 Ygnacio Valley Rd, Walnut Creek

A new fitness studio called Beyond Health and Fitness opened last week in Walnut Creek on Ygnacio Valley Blvd. Check out their class descriptions here, schedule here and trainer bios here.

From their website:

Beyond Health & Fitness Studio’s philosophy on fitness is one of overall health and well-being. Our aim is for you to feel better when you leave our studio than when you arrived that day. We can’t guarantee to add years to your life, but we can promise to help you improve the quality of the years you do live. Our purpose is to make you the best that you can physically, mentally and spiritually be, and to maximize your genetic potential for overall health.

Photo via Beyond Health and Fitness


Party in the Plaza at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek on Sept. 1st

Party in the Plaza:

Broadway Plaza
1275 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
Thursday, September 1st, 2016
4:00 – 9:30pm | Free

Broadway Plaza, part of the Macerich (NYSE:MAC) portfolio of one-of-a-kind retail properties in top markets, invites residents of Walnut Creek and the East Bay to celebrate the property’s major renovation at “Party in the Plaza,” a center wide event on Thursday, September 1, from 4 pm – 9:30 pm, with many activities, including a free concert with  Pop Rocks featuring Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray.

“Party in the Plaza” celebrates the major renovation at Broadway Plaza that includes more than 50 new retailers, new parking, new finishes and refreshed outdoor amenities. In addition to an appearance from Pop Rocks featuring Mark McGrath, festivities will include a variety of musical and walk around entertainment, food trucks, a kid’s zone, and other specialty booths and activities from the event’s title sponsor, NYX Professional Makeup, and co-sponsors, Boudin, Diablo magazine, Gap, iHeart and the Walnut Creek Downtown. The event will wrap up with a spectacular fireworks finale.

Real Estate

It Sold for What?!

Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

We usually like to show you homes that sold for less than what the seller was asking. It’s a good way to show that even in a tough market, there are still deals out there.

This is not one of those homes.

This four bed, two-and- a-half bath Hacienda style home in the Lakewood neighborhood area of Walnut Creek sold for $225,000 over the list price and an all cash price of $1,375,000. Marketed as a gardener’s paradise, this listing lasted nine days on the market.

Address: 1030 Homestead Avenue, Walnut Creek
List Price: $1,150,000
Sold Price: $1,375,000
Days on Market: 9
Close of escrow: 7/15/16

Listing courtesy of Jackie Griffin, BHHS Drysdale Properties


Pickpocketing on the Rise in Downtown Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Hold on to your wallets and purses as picketpocketing is on the rise in downtown Walnut Creek. This comes on the heel of the new Broadway Plaza redevelopment which is bringing more people to the downtown area and according to NBC Bay Area, “police are warning the public to be on the lookout for pick-pockets”.

As a former New Yorker I try to be as careful as possible with my wallet when it comes to crowded areas downtown or elsewhere. I haven’t been pickpocketed yet but be careful while over there.

From the Walnut Creek police:

On 7/20/16 at 1444 hours, an elderly female was a victim of a purse snatch robbery attempt. The victim was walking eastbound on Cypress St near Commercial Lane when Suspects #1 and #2 grabbed her purse and attempted to steal it. The victim held on tightly to her purse and was forced to the ground. The suspects then dragged the victim along the sidewalk causing minor injuries. As several citizens rushed to her aid, the suspects let go of the victim’s purse and fled to a nearby vehicle occupied by Suspects #3 and #4. The suspect vehicle was last seen westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

On 7/22/16 at 1242 hours, a suspect matching the description of Suspect #1 entered the patio area of a restaurant on the 1500 block of Mt. Diablo Blvd and stole two purses which were on the ground near where the victims were seated. The suspect then ran to the above suspect vehicle which was parked across the street. The suspect vehicle then jumped the median on Mt. Diablo Blvd and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes before continuing westbound on Mt. Diablo Blvd at the Locust St. intersection.

WCPD believes these two crimes are related and requests anyone who may have witnessed any part of the above incidents to contact Detective Bill Jeha 925-943-3518.



Izakaya Jun Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek – Replacement Coming Next Month

1552 Locust St, Walnut Creek

It’s been over a year since the Japanese restaurant Izakaya Jun opened in downtown Walnut Creek but according to a sign in the window they have now closed but a, “new restaurant will be opened one month later”. Does this mean the same owners will open a new but different restaurant? Stay tuned…

Thanks to a reader for pointing this out.



Cuban Trumpet Player Arturo Sandoval Playing at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek on Aug. 20th

Cuban Trumpet Player Arturo Sandoval:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
5:00pm & 8:00pm | $40

This legendary Cuban trumpet player has won four Grammys, six Billboard Awards and an Emmy (for the score of an HBO movie based on his own life). He has played at the Academy Awards with Celine Dion, the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and the Super Bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle. His incandescent solos can be heard on recordings by Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka and Rod Stewart among many others.


Salvatore Ristorante Closes for Remodeling in Walnut Creek, Reopening in Sept. as “Benvenuti”

1627 North Broadway, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Salvatore Ristorante has closed in downtown Walnut Creek. According to a sign in the window and on their website, they will reopen next month in September after remodeling and be known as “Benvenuti”. They first opened back in 1996.

From their website:

So with much excitement and enthusiasm, Salvatore Ristorante will undergo a major remodel beginning July 25, 2016. They plan on updating the dining rooms and bar while maintaining the classic feel they are known for. The kitchen will also get a major overhaul, bringing in smokers, larger pasta makers and new equipment to ensure everything is made in house. The menu will be streamlined incorporating more seasonal and local ingredients while keeping favorites like their famous lasagna and gnocchi.

At its heart Salvatore Ristorante plans on remaining the same but with so many changes they will also be introducing a new name, “Benvenuti”. Angela’s goal has always been to be very welcoming hence Benvenuti (Italian for welcome). We will see all the wonderful changes by the middle of September 2016 when they reopen.