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Crogan’s Bar & Grill Closing Permanently Jan 23rd in Downtown Walnut Creek


1387 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone who sent word that Crogan’s Bar & Grill is closing next week on January 23rd in downtown Walnut Creek after 39 years. In 2014 their alcohol license was suspended for a couple of weeks and over the summer there was a homicide nearby which resulted in their hours being cut by the city as you can see in the sign below.

From the Facebook event page:

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that after 39 years of business, Crogan’s will officially be closing the doors on Monday, January 23.

Many of you have been following the dealings with Crogan’s and the city of Walnut Creek. Unfortunately, the city has made it clear that they have very specific ideas in mind for what Walnut Creek should be and Crogan’s no longer fits into their narrative. Ultimately, we have been forced to close our doors.

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BlooGrape Organic Sworls Opens in Danville


370 Hartz Ave, Danville

A new ice cream / frozen yogurt shop that we learned would be opening on Hartz Ave. in Danville called Bloogrape Organic Sworls has now opened. In addition to ice cream and frozen yogurt they have an additional base option call “vegan coconut base”, available in plain or chocolate that sounds intriguing. Check out their menu here and here. Their website is here.

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Citra Grill Closing Very Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek


1550 Olympic Blvd, Walnut Creek

Thanks to @brandishstudio for pointing out that Citra Grill is closing in downtown Walnut Creek. They opened in 2012 and featured fresh Mediterranean-style California cuisine such as skewers, salads and soups. Check out their menu here.

According to a letter in the window, they lost their lease unexpectedly and are looking for an alternate location where they plan on converting to a “more traditional full-service restaurant”.

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Eating a Burger at Veggie Grill in Walnut Creek


1320 Locust St, Walnut Creek

When Veggie Grill opened about a year ago in downtown Walnut Creek I didn’t expect to be eating a burger there a year later but when I received an email asking me to try their new plant-based Beyond Burger I figured it was time to try another veggie burger.  You see, about every decade or so I try one and then go back to a hamburger with real fat that can’t be beat. I still shudder thinking about my first veggie burger in the 1980’s.

This time around was different though. Unbelievably it tasted very close to a real hamburger. I couldn’t believe it. Not only did it taste like a hamburger, it looked like one, too. It was seared on both sides and, made with beet juice, it apparently caused a bit of a surprise for some who cooked it as it looked like it was bleeding! 🙂 At $12.95 it’s not exactly cheap but it does come with fries which tasted nice as well. As I get older I’m glad there are healthy options that don’t sacrifice taste. Check out the burger and sandwich menu here.

From a press release:

This is the first fast-casual concept to serve the revolutionary Beyond Burger by Beyond Meat, the world’s first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and tastes like fresh ground beef, on a large scale. Veggie Grill has created the VG Beyond Burger, an incredible classic-style burger built with grilled onions, special sauce & American “cheese.”

VG Beyond Burger:

Photo from Veggie Grill