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Progress on Buffalo Wild Wings in Concord

2090 Diamond Blvd, Concord

In January we learned that Buffalo Wild Wings, the Ohio-based restaurant featuring wings, beer and sports was coming to Concord and there has been plenty of progress as you can see in the above photo with the iconic signage up. There will be dedicated takeout parking spots as well which should be convenient for quick pickups.  Check out their menu here. Stay tuned to see what else will open in this new shopping center.



Beer, Wine and Food Service coming to Brenden Theatres in Concord in May

1985 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Next month you’ll be able to enjoy beer and wine along with burgers and other dishes while watching a movie at Brenden Theatres in Concord as a redesigned dining area near the entrance opens. According to an employee, look for around six or seven beers plus around six more on tap as well as wine and various food items eventually including burgers that you can eat there or better yet, bring with you to enjoy while watching a movie. Note that this doesn’t apply to “G” rated movies.


Lemonade Opening in Downtown Walnut Creek this Summer

1348 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last October we learned that Los Angeles-based Lemonade would be opening in downtown Walnut Creek where La Boulange Cafe used to be and signage now appears on the windows indicating a summer 2016 opening. According to SFGate they plan on a June 15th opening. The article also notes that the Bay Area menu will include, “tossed leafy greens station to the mix, and given our region’s cooler climate, will also be expanding their selection of hot dishes and rotisserie items.” The design of the Bay Area restaurants will “feature warmer woods and textures to reflect the cool and foggier climate.”

Is this going to be similar to Tender Greens?


Preview of ROOFTOP Opening this Week in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

One of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year, ROOFTOP,  located above Teleferic Barcelona at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek has finally arrived and will be opening this week. The decor and architecture look amazing, and one of the more intriguing features is the retractable roof. It’s way larger than expected; In the evenings when the roof comes down I can imagine this will be an insanely cool place to hang out at the bar or have a bite to eat while gazing at the stars up above. (Check out photos of the inside including retractable roof, outdoor dining area and more after the jump).

For those not familiar with the chef:

Justine Kelly, former Chef de Cuisine at James Beard award winning restaurant The Slanted Door comes to Rooftop as a Partner/Executive Chef. Her menu is ingredient driven, seasonal new American cuisine that is influenced by foods from around the globe. From brightly flavored raw bar offerings to hearty, soulful entrées. She is bringing with her a little taste of San Francisco through the tunnel.

Chef Kelly, has competed on both the Iron Chef and Williams-Sonoma/Tasting Table’s Sous Chef Series and Cooked for President Clinton and the first lady. She most recently served as Executive Chef at The Battery as well as Consulting Chef at Bull Valley Roadhouse and at the always-packed Chino while running her meal and recipe delivery service, Sun Basket.

Check out the preliminary dinner menu here, and drinks menu here. You can make a reservation on their website here.


More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading


Celebrate Sant Jordi Day at Telefèric Barcelona on April 23rd

1500 Mount Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

From an email:

This Saturday, April 23, at Telefèric Barcelona – downtown Walnut Creek’s new Spanish tapas and pintxos hotspot – guests can celebrate Sant Jordi Day, Catalonia’s version of Valentine’s Day, with their friends and Diners at Teleferic will be presented with a rose, which is to be exchanged at the end of the meal over dessert. The legend of this curious and very original Catalonian tradition comes from the celebration of Catalonia’s 15th century patron saint and the legend that Saint Jordi courageously slewed a dragon, saving a princess from imminent death. The blood of the defeated dragon dropped to the ground and sprouted into a red rose bush. The heroic Saint Jordi then picked a rose from the bush and gave it to the princess. Today in Catalonia, it’s customary on Sant Jordi Day for the man to give his sweetheart a rose, and the woman to return the generosity with a book. All day on Saturday, April 23, at Telefèric Barcelona, every woman will be given a rose to commemorate this Telefèric Barcelona will also serve a one-day-only special Sant Jordi Day dessert and pintxo. The Pintxo Sant Jordi will be bread topped with caramelized onion, sopressata, Mahon cheese, and micro arugula. For dessert, the Give Me A Rose will be a chocolate cookie topped with Oaxacan chocolate ice cream, chocolate cream olive oil, maldon salt, garnished with rose petals.


New Bar Alert – Hops & Scotch may be Coming to Walnut Creek near Pleasant Hill BART

7001 Sunne Ln, Walnut Creek

Details are scant but potentially sweet news: according to a recent alcoholic beverage control pending license a new restaurant/bar called Hops & Scotch is coming to the Avalon apartment complex located near the Pleasant Hill BART station in Walnut Creek. It looks like they will be located next to where the indoor dog space Zoom Room used to be and on the same block as the Peruvian restaurant Parada is. Stay tuned…


Faz Bakery & Coffee Bar Opening Soon in Danville

221 Hartz Ave, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Faz Bakery & Coffee Bar is opening soon in Danville on Hartz Ave. where Danville Bakery used to be. This is the same owner of the Mediterranean restaurant Faz located down the block as well as other Bay Area locations.

From their website:

And coming soon, Faz’s new bakery.  Faz is currently working on a unique and exciting bakery concept at 221 Hartz Avenue in Danville. He’s currently in the initial design stages.  If anyone hasn’t had a real Persian cookie, you now have a new addiction to look forward too!



True Food Kitchen Opening this Summer in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza is finally going to get some serious dining action when a huge, 6,000 sf health-focused restaurant called True Food Kitchen opens next to Macy’s in downtown Walnut Creek. As you can see by the above photo there is a lot of work left to do but according to their website, it is expected to open in the summer.


Lamorinda Taphouse Opening in Lafayette this summer

3418 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

A new “craft beer taphouse offering unique & rare craft beer” called Lamorinda Taphouse is coming to Lafayette this summer. They are partnering with Bonehead’s Texas BBQ around the corner to bring in food. Check for updates on their Facebook page here.

From an email:

Lamorinda Taphouse nestled at The Forge on Mt. Diablo Blvd in Lafayette will specialize in offering rare & unique craft beers & ciders. Lamorinda Taphouse offers a beautiful, dog-friendly courtyard – the perfect environment to hang out, drink some beer, listen to live music and to enjoy a beautiful day with friends (furry friends too). Lamorinda Taphouse will be partnering with the delicious Bonehead’s BBQ to have amazing Texas style BBQ available to pair with a crisp, refreshing craft beer. Lamorinda Taphouse supports small, local brewers across the nation and is committed to keeping an authentic and friendly feel.

Note: This is located in the same square where the Lafayette Art Gallery used to be until last month. The gallery was in front and Lamorinda Taphouse will be in back where Busy Stix used to be. Stay tuned…