American Kitchen Now Planning on August Opening in Lafayette

71 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Back in June we learned that the rustic Lafayette restaurant American Kitchen, featuring natural Americana comfort foods was planning on a July soft opening but according to their Facebook page the opening has been pushed back to August. Progress is being made on the inside as well as out with what looks to be an additional dining area in front which will be great. They have also posted a dinner and lunch menu in their window. Check it out…



Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Opening Very Soon in Walnut Creek


It’s been a seriously long time coming but the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is finally opening in the Sprouts Shopping Center in Walnut Creek very soon as you can see by photos of the inside below. I have been to Starbucks and Peet’s plenty of times but this will be my first time at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf so I can’t wait to try it out! Check out their beverage menu here.

I’ll make sure to keep it under 30 minutes so I can park at one of the 30 minutes and under spots.



Smit’s BBQ Featured at Hubcaps Diner in Walnut Creek over the Weekend

1548 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

Smit’s tri-tip BBQ was being served at Hubcaps Diner in downtown Walnut Creek over the weekend and may be coming back in the coming weeks. Their BBQ grill was cooking right outside at the corner of Locust St. and Bonanza St.


Lottie’s Creamery at Walnut Creek and Concord Farmers Markets


Lottie’s Creamery has been selling brownie ice cream sandwiches for a while now at the Concord farmers market at Todos Santos Plaza on Thursdays and now they are also available at the Locust St. Walnut Creek farmers market on Sundays. Check out the varied selection below, most of which are not even available at their N. Main St. location in downtown Walnut Creek. Check out their Facebook page here.


home/made kitchen cafe & bakery Opening Soon in Moraga

337 Rheem Blvd, Moraga

Back in March of last year we learned that home/made kitchen cafe & bakery would be moving from the Haceinda to Rheem Blvd. where Mondello’s used to be in Moraga (a few doors down from 24 Hour Fitness) and lots of progress is being made including what looks like a large patio area in front. According to their website they are planning for a summer opening. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

home/made kitchen brings something fresh to the table, literally. Many of our ingredients are sourced from organic, local, sustainable farms and everything is made in house. The result is authentic, inspired California cuisine.

Located at 337 Rheem Boulevard in Moraga, the cafe will open this summer with approximately 40 seats indoors and 20 seats outdoors. The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. Breakfast will be served all day with lunch in the afternoon, as well as packaged take out meals for dinner.   - See more at:

Century Movie Theater in Walnut Creek to begin Serving Alcohol Next Year

1201 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Crazy in Suburbia recently pointed out that Century Theatres in downtown Walnut Creek will soon begin serving wine and beer. A manager I spoke with believes the new wine bar will open next year and may be similar to the one in Napa. Has anyone drank wine in a movie theater? This will be a new experience for me.

From the 2012 Napa theater press release:

With the opening of the new Century Napa Valley and XD Theatre, Cinemark proudly introduces the CineVino Wine Bar, with a luxurious lounge, serving locally produced wines and beers. Favorites such as Trinchero Family Estates, Francis Ford Coppola Wineries, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the Napa Smith Brewery will be featured at the CineVino Wine Bar, complemented by small plate food selections which will pair nicely with the drink offerings.

Mona’s Burgers & Shakes Opens in Walnut Creek

1574 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek

Back in April we learned that Mona’s Burgers & Shakes would be opening in Palos Verdes mall where Chopin Cafe and Polish Restaurant used to be and they are now open. Check out their menu below and photos of the inside after the jump. Has anyone had a chance to try this out? How are the burgers and shakes?

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Photos of the inside after the jump…

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