Willows Shopping Center, Concord
We have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Palo Alto-based Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream in the Willows Shopping Center in Concord and they are now open. They have been around since 1956 and this is their only other location! With flavors like Computer Chip (chocolate ice cream with chocolate chips and a hint of orange flavor) I can see how they’re from Palo Alto. Check out their complete 48 flavor menu here. On Saturday, October 10th from 11am – 10pm they are having a special buy one-get one free deal for scoops and regular sundaes.
More photos after the jump…
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.
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…
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.
35 Crescent Dr, Pleasant Hill
Sinful Bliss Cupcakes closed last week in the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. According to a sign posted on the window the owners are relocating back to the Midwest. See below for details.
1845 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
Steamboat restaurant, featuring hot pot and skewers recently opened in Park N’ Shop in Concord where Jason’s Sushi & Hot Pot Restaurant used to be. Check out the Yelp reviews here. The temporary menu is listed below.
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.
Rossmoor Town Center, Walnut Creek
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Starbucks is coming to Rossmoor Town Center where Safeway is located at the corner of Tice Valley Blvd. and Rossmoor Pkwy. in Walnut Creek. I checked with the developer who confirms Starbucks has signed a lease. Stay tuned…
965 Mountain View Dr, Lafayette
Last month we learned that Bistro Burger & Grill would be opening in Lafayette where Susan Foord Cafe used to be near Trader Joe’s and they will be opening later this week, possibly on Thursday or Friday. Take a look at a preview of the inside below. There is also a long bar area which will offer four different types of draft beer, wine, and light cocktails as well as smoothies and milkshakes. Check out their food menu here and drinks menu here. I look forward to trying a Paris Burger (mushrooms, caramelized onions, Brie cheese)!
Danville Hotel, Danville
Sonoma-based Basque Boulangerie Cafe is “coming soon” to the historic Danville Hotel on Hartz Ave. Find out more from Diablo Dish here. Check out the Sonoma cafe menu here and muffin and cookie menu here.
From the Basque Boulangerie Cafe website:
Basque Boulangerie Café opened on the historic square of Sonoma in 1994 with an old-world feeling of an original French bakery. It is a second generation bakery, originally started in Sonoma in 1956 as the Sonoma French Bakery in the Sebastiani Theatre building. Our founders’ family arrived in the United States from the southwest region of France, specifically the Pyrenees Mountains that separate France from Spain. They settled in the heart of the Valley of the Moon because of opportunity and since it reminded them of the villages in the Basque and Bearn regions of France that they were from. They had a family history of bakers, butchers and restauranteurs. The family learned the baking trade in their French small towns of Saint Etienne de Baigorry, and Oloron Sainte Marie and offers two generations of baking excellence. Our team of talented bakers start late at night, every night, using the old world European tradition of hand crafted baking artisanship in order to create these crusty, hand made loaves of peasant bread, inspired by our founders’ Basque ancestors. We have brought traditional stone hearth ovens to Sonoma to assure the same consistent, traditional bread with no preservatives. Our pastries, baked goods and desserts are hand crafted in small batches using European-style techniques with quality ingredients.