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Wisegirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails Opening Soon in Pleasant Hill

1932 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Wisegirl Ristorante Italiano & Cocktails will be having a ribbon cutting on February 18th in Oak Park Center in Pleasant Hill where Dallimonti’s Italian Restaurant used to be. According to a city architectural memorandum, “the remodel proposes to establish a “speak easy” design theme, harkening back to the Prohibition days of the 1920’s/1930’s for a new restaurant”.



Haleh Pastry Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1632 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Back in December we learned that Honey Berry closed in downtown Walnut Creek next to City Hall and thanks to everyone for sending word that the Persian bakery Haleh Pastry has opened in this spot. The desserts including cakes look amazing as you can see from the photos below. They even have Persian pistachio nuts you can buy in bulk. I can’t wait to try this place out!

I’m not sure whether GELATO on Rinehart’s clock outside will be updated to reflect the bakery. Any suggestions? How about BAKERY? PASTRY? MAJOON?


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Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon Opens in San Ramon

2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Chef Rodney Worth, owner of the Prickly Pear Cantina and the Peasant and the Pear in Danville, recently opened a new restaurant called Worth Ranch California BBQ & Saloon in San Ramon’s Courtyard Center. Check out their menu here. I tried the pulled pork sandwich with “napa cabernet bbq sauce topped with coleslaw on an artisan bun” and it was delicious! Being the coleslaw fan I am, even though the sandwich is topped with coleslaw, I chose coleslaw for my side and was not disappointed. The pulled pork was tasty as well.

From their website:

Worth Ranch, the newest addition to the Worth Group’s collection of boutique restaurants, is located in San Ramon, just 1000 feet away from the original location where the dream started over ten years ago. Worth Ranch is the first of Chef Rodney’s restaurants dedicated to his personal favorite style of cuisine-BBQ. He has been working for many years to perfect his rubs and slow cooked process for the variety of meats offered on his menu. From brisket, to ribs to tri-tip, Worth Ranch is Chef’s take on what he calls “California BBQ.” Because Worth has sampled BBQ from across the country, from Memphis to the Carolinas, from Austin to Kansas City, and everywhere in between, he thought it important for his menu to reflect his diverse tastes. And because his passion for fine food is a priority, don’t be surprised to see some interesting takes on tried and true favorites!


Pulled pork sandwich:


Chalogy Asian Tea Experience + Cornology coming to Downtown Walnut Creek this May

1349 Locust St, Walnut Creek

What are the chances that not one but two Asian boba tea cafes are coming to downtown Walnut Creek?! Earlier this week we learned that Piedmont-based Mr. Green Bubble would be opening on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek and now another Asian boba tea shop, Chalogy, is coming to downtown Walnut Creek, also on Locust St, where House of Beads used to be. They plan to open by May.

Not only will Chalogy (from the owners of Drgaon’s Pond next door) offer hand crafted Asian tea, boba tea, and snow ice desserts but they will also be hosting the return of the flavored popcorn shop Cornology to downtown Walnut Creek. (You may remember Cornology in Broadway Plaza which closed 2 years ago). Check out their boba tea offerings here, snow ice menu here and snacks menu here. This is great news for downtown as summer approaches…

From their website:

At CHALOGY®, it’s all about offering the best flavored Asian Tea and Snow Ice that is both healthy and environmentally sustainable. We obsess over every detail that makes a quality blend to simply dazzle your taste buds with our unique blend of tea, toppings, and ice products using the freshest natural ingredients with as much organically produced, local ingredients as possible.

Located in Walnut Creek, CHALOGY is a purveyor of fine Taiwanese Boba Tea and Snow Ice from the esteemed owner’s of Dragon’s Pond in The San Francisco Bay Area.

CHALOGY® will be opening in downtown Walnut Creek, California in early May 2016. Chef Xiao Lin and partners have been busy concocting their quality interpretations of classic Boba tea and frozen desserts in their daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of beverages and desserts.

CHALOGY’s interior, designed by the award-winning Jeff Young, reflects the hip sensibilities of the surrounding area while also paying tribute to Walnut Creek’s storied past. The cafe offers the choice to observe passers-by from the bar, or watch the art of mixing drinks as it occurs in the open-kitchen.


The Brass Door under New Ownership in San Ramon

2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon

Thanks to a reader for sending word that ownership has changed at the classic steakhouse and bar The Brass Door in San Ramon. According to a hostess there are no plans for changes at the current time but this may change in the future.

From their website:

In 1946 Howard “Shorty” Schlesinger opened the 8/5 club ( his favorite odds at the track) in San Ramon California , population 100. It was a small 6 stool bar and dining facility for 20 guests. He featured steamed beer and fried chicken, and a row of nickel slot machines. He served primarily the local ranchers, cattlemen, and travelers along “Highway 21” on their way to San Jose and beyond.

In 1955 his son Mick and local dairy man Dick Basso took over from Shorty and renamed the restaurant “The Brass Door.” They and the restaurant grew along with the San Ramon Valley. Today after several remodels and one fire, The Brass Door will now accommodate over 200 guests. We feature an eclectic menu serving corn fed Midwestern beef, chicken, fresh seafood, prime ribs, french dips, sensational salads, sandwiches and soups.

Prime rib is our signature dish and is served “all day everyday”. Our prime rib French dip sandwich has always been a guest favorite.

We have an extensive wine list featuring Livermore Valley Napa Valley, and California wines, along with full cocktail lounge.



Mr. Green Bubble Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1539 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Downtown Walnut Creek is getting a boba tea shop as Piedmont-based Mr. Green Bubble is coming to downtown Walnut Creek next to Orangetheory Fitness and Buon Vino, where Second to None Consignment store used to be. They also have a Union City location and according to their Facebook page, they offer, “Bubble Milk Tea, Fresh Tea, Flavor Smoothie, Snack, Fresh Juice, Coffee”. Stay tuned…


Sauced BBQ & Spirits Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1410 Locust St, Walnut Creek

A couple of weeks ago we learned that Pyramid Alehouse closed in downtown Walnut Creek and based on the comments in that post the rumors about Sauced BBQ & Spirits replacing Pyramid were flying and it turned out to all be true as the Livermore-based restaurant plans to open a new location at the Pyramid Alehouse spot according to SF Business Times. Check out their Livermore menu here.

Sauced recently abandoned a controversial 20% automatic service policy according to a post on their Facebook page due to, “guests hav[ing] expressed frustration and disappointment about the mandatory service fee”.