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Original Mels Diner Opening Sept. 7th in Concord

Photos provided by Original Mels Diner
4391 Treat Blvd, Concord

Late last year we learned that Original Mels Diner would be opening in Concord where Coco’s Bakery Restaurant used to be on Treat Ave. According to the owner it is set for a September 7th opening at 10am. “Training starts this weekend and will go on until opening.” Check out the complete menu here. They also plan on opening in the old Hurricane Grill and Wings/Chicago Unos Grill location later this year.


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Basque Boulangerie Cafe Opens in Danville

Danville Hotel, Danville

Last year we learned that Sonoma-based Basque Boulangerie Cafe would be opening a new location in the historic Danville Hotel on Hartz Ave. and they have now opened. According to an employee the baked goods are delivered from their Sonoma location every morning. I tried the blueberry cake and it was delicious. The inside looks great and is very comfy to hang out while enjoying the food. Check out their pastry menu here and their website with their other menus here.


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.



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.


Peruvian Restaurant Lima Opening in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord this October

2151 Salvio St, Concord

A new Peruvian restaurant called Lima is set to to open this October where Mi Pizza used to be in Todos Santos Plaza in Concord. Another Peruvian restaurant, Parada, opened last year so it looks like Peruvian fare is becoming more and more popular. According to Lima’s website, the executive chef, John Marquez, who was born in Peru, was sous chef for “Daniel Patterson at his restaurant at that time, Elisabeth Daniel,” followed later with stints working for Thomas Keller at both French Laundry and Per Se in New York as well as “Executive Chef at the acclaimed Fringale Restaurant in San Francisco”.

From their website:

Experience authentic Peruvian cuisine like you’ve never had before at Lima. Our Peruvian restaurant serves the best Peruvian food you’ll eat this side of the Putumayo River. Everything on the menu is prepared fresh daily with locally grown, sustainable ingredients. From earth to table, we strive to deliver an intimate, delicious, and unforgettable dining experience, offering top-quality cuisine at affordable prices.