Jimmy John’s Opens in Concord

785 Oak Grove Rd, Concord

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the sandwich chain Jimmy John’s opened last week in Oak Grove Plaza in Concord where Trader Joe’s is located. Jimmy John’s started in Charleston, IL back in 1983. Check out their menu here.


Sign of the Day (Danger Edition)


If you’ve parked in a parking garage you’ve probably noticed signs like this stating:

Chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, or birth defects or other reproductive harm may be present in foods or beverages sold or served here.

Such chemicals are also present in this area and in consumer produce and other items sold, provided, and used here.

I’ve seen signs like this in apartment buildings and elsewhere, but when I dropped by the McDonalds that closed recently in downtown Walnut Creek and saw this sign right on the door I couldn’t believe it. “chemicals known to cause cancer … may be present in foods or beverages”? Do all fast food restaurants have this warning? I’ve been known to enjoy an In-N-Out Burger every now and then but never paid attention to this. Does anyone else feel uncomfortable seeing this before going into a restaurant? Or am I being too cautious?


Breads of India Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek – will Reopen this Spring

1358 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

Back in March we learned that Breads of India was for sale in downtown Walnut Creek and it is now closed but a sign in the window notes that it’s “under new management, will open Spring 2015“.



McDonald’s Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1380 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word that McDonald’s has closed in downtown Walnut Creek. This is not surprising as an apartment complex has been planned for this spot. All signage has been stripped clean which makes for a cool looking sign below. A sign in the door notes that Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Concord locations are still open.




Blue Line Pizza Coming to Danville

550 Hartz Ave, Danville

Blue Line Pizza, owned by the same owners as San Francisco-based Little Star Pizza, is coming to Danville on Hartz Ave. where Rakestraw Books and the custom cabinetry designer Marley & Company used to be. Check out their menu here. I wonder how this compares to Patxi’s Pizza who also offer cornmeal deep dish pizzas?

From their website:

Since opening in 2004, Little Star Pizza has been widely recognized as the best pizza in San Francisco by locals, visitors and critics alike. Renowned for our cornmeal crust deep dish pizzas, Little Star has received numerous awards and accolades – our favorite being named in 7×7 Magazine’s “The Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die.” Our pizza has been an exclusive gem of the City until now.

We are expanding throughout the Bay Area under a new name that gives a subtle nod to Chicago, the birthplace of deep dish pizza. Named after The Blue Line, a train that runs between O’Hare Airport and downtown Chicago, Blue Line Pizza features the same award-winning Chicago cornmeal crust deep dish and New York style thin crust pizzas, organic salads, housemade appetizers, and a quality selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Blue Line Pizza also offers a variety of ordering and convenient services including online ordering, in-store pre-ordering (where your pizzas come out of the oven when your table is ready for seating) and easy pick-up of half or full baked pizzas.


Vitality Bowls Coming to Lafayette

3454 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Back in September I noted the progress of the Merrill Gardens assisted living apartment complex in downtown Lafayette and now Diablo Dish points out that Vitality Bowls is coming to one of the retail spots. Check out the Vitality Bowls Lafayette page here. I saw only one Leased sign and it looked quite big inside. I wonder if they’ll offer senior citizen discounts?