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Celia’s Mexican Restaurant Closes in Lafayette

3666 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Celia’s Mexican Restaurant has closed in Lafayette. As you can see in the photo below, yesterday was there final day. A mixed-use development is planned for this area including 66 apartments, restaurant and retail shopping. Stay tuned…



What’s going on with Slater’s 50/50 in Walnut Creek?

1444 North California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last December we learned that the baseball-themed restaurant McCovey’s was closing in downtown Walnut Creek, to be replaced with Southern California-based burger restaurant Slater’s 50/50. Take a look at this June, door handle of the day post highlighting the McCovey’s bats door handles. Notice that there was no For Lease sign in June. Does this mean that Slater’s 50/50 is no longer coming to Walnut Creek?


Starbucks Relocating within Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Starbucks will eventually be relocating within Broadway Plaza in downtown Walnut Creek. According to my source the new location will be a prime spot near the Macy’s side entrance. Previously, we learned that California Pizza Kitchen would also be relocating to a nearby spot at the new Agorra condo complex which may eventually lead to a larger restaurant at this location in the future.



Walnut Creek’s Coffee Shop Coming to Lafayette Early 2016

50 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette

Diablo Dish has the scoop that the trendy Walnut Creek coffee shop, Coffee Shop, is coming to downtown Lafayette where The Art Room is currently located. Earlier this year we learned that a new dodecagon shaped retail building was planned for this location but considering they are expected to open, “early 2016” it looks like they will be using the current space. Stay tuned…

From the Coffee Shop website:

Our mission is to celebrate exceptional coffee and coffee roasters by providing our guests the unique opportunity to try coffee roasted around the country, and the world. To have service that stands up to these exceptional coffees and compliment them with our own unique and innovative creations. To take coffee serious while having fun, and never stop experimenting.


Take One Pizza Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1273 Locust St, Walnut Creek

The downtown Walnut Creek pizza scene has been exploding recently. Although Project Pie closed, two more pizzerias are coming to take its place. Last week we learned that Slice House would be coming to Walnut Creek and now San Jose-based pizzeria Take One Pizza is coming to downtown Walnut Creek next to Century Movie Theater where Coco Swirl used to be. Check out their menu here. Pizzas ready in 5 minutes.

From their website:

We’ve taken the model of a movie studio—call it the pizza studio—and made you the director at Take One Pizza where you call the shots. Pick the toppings you want exactly the way you want. Our staff moves when you say action and your pizzas are ready in 5 minutes or less. Daily, our chef hand selects over 40 fresh ingredients and toppings to choose from. Flaming hot, our brick ovens bake your pizza in three minutes or less. We are all about great flavor and convenience.


Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream Opens in Willows Shopping Center in Concord

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.


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Slice House by Tony Gemignani Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

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.
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Project Pie Closes in Walnut Creek?

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


Specialty’s Café & Bakery Opens in Treat Towers in Walnut Creek

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.