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Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop Coming to Lafayette Mercantile

3597 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The La Boulange Cafes closed in Walnut Creek and Lafayette last September and we learned a while back that Lemonade will be opening this fall in the Walnut Creek location. We now know that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop will be taking over the Lafayette location on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Check out their Seattle menu here.

From their website:

Our idea is that if we thoughtfully curate every little thing about the sandwich – where the grains for the bread come from, how the animals behind our meats and cheeses are raised, what chemicals we’re keeping off our fruits and vegetables – each sandwich will be a little bit healthier for the planet and for the people who enjoy eating them. And when you multiply that effect by all the sustainable sandwiches we sell every day, you can really start to envision the positive change we can have on the food system, even by rallying behind something as simple as a sandwich.


Burger Lounge Coming to The Orchards at Walnut Creek

The Orchards at Walnut Creek

First comes the pizza, then you know burgers can’t be far behind. In May we learned that Mod Pizza would be coming to the new Orchards at Walnut Creek shopping center anchored by a new Safeway which closed at the Encina Grande shopping center across the street last year, and we now have learned that Southern California-based Burger Lounge will be opening possibly their first Northern California location here based on their current locations. Check out their menu here.

Note that the above photo will not be the actual building where they’ll be located but since no signage has been posted yet I posted the latest look of the general area where the shopping center will be.


Coffee Shop Opening Tomorrow (July 19th) in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

The popular Walnut Creek-based coffee shop Coffee Shop that we learned would be coming to the heart of downtown Lafayette in October to replace The Art Room is opening tomorrow, Tuesday, July 19th. They have been open for several hours the past few days getting ready for the grand opening and people have been emailing about the impending opening.

I was able to drop by over the weekend to get photos and it looks amazing with a vaulted ceiling and retro lighting accenting wooden beams throughout. There is plenty of outdoor seating as you can see in the above photo. Featuring roasters such as Cafe Grumpy (Brooklyn), Stumptown (Portland) and Sightglass (San Francisco), along with craft beers, wine and seasonal organic dishes including salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and breakfast items, this place is going to be huge in Lafayette. According to a sign they plan on having open mic nights with comedians, songwriters, poets on Tuesday evenings, game nights for board games on Wednesdays, and art nights featuring local artists on Thursday evenings. Coffee Shop will be open Sundays through Thursdays 6am – 9pm and Fridays and Saturdays 6am – 9:30pm.


Plenty more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Cocola Bakery Opening Soon at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Cocola Bakery, located right next to Macy’s and the soon to open True Food Kitchen at Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek will be opening soon offering baked goods, pastries, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Check out their menu here. Good to finally see more dining options in this area.

From their website:

Cocola is a one of a kind high-end patisserie established in 2002 by Sue and Amir Aliabadi, a mother and son partnership, with the first locations in Santana Row and Westfield Valley Fair.

The specialties of our cafés are pastries and French confections, that we like to think of as “affordable luxuries”. We also serve gourmet sandwiches on baguettes fresh from the oven, with salads and homemade soups.


Wetzel’s Pretzels Kiosk Opening Soon in Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

When we learned last month that the skincare shop Oceane Beauty would be opening a kiosk in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek there was some concern whether they were replacing Wetzel’s Pretzels, which also was opening a kiosk. We now know that Wetzel’s will still be opening a kiosk near Macy’s across from Victoria’s Secret. Check out Wetzel’s menu here.


Forever Yogurt Coming Soon to Walnut Creek

2905 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Chicago-based frozen yogurt shop Forever Yogurt is coming to the corner of N. Main St. and Geary Rd. in Walnut Creek. In addition to a frozen yogurt menu which can be viewed here, according to a poster in the window they also plan on offering boba teas, Asian wraps, and steamed buns. Stay tuned…