The Mystic Dream Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1437 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek

Thanks to those who emailed that the “spiritual and magical marketplace”, The Mystic Dream, formerly known as Dolphin Dream, closed their physical shop in downtown Walnut Creek. They do have plans to reopen in a new location eventually and for now you can shop their online selection here.

From their Facebook page:

We are thinking of this as our phoenix-phase, and we shall return stronger and brighter than ever. We have no intention of leaving the Bay Area permanently but have definite plans to reopen in a new location once it becomes feasible to do so.


Taco Bell Cantina coming to Former Burger King in Danville

444 Front St, Danville

Thanks to everyone for sending word (and photo) that Taco Bell Cantina is coming to the former Burger King spot on Front St. and Hartz Way in Danville.

From their website:

This isn’t just any Taco Bell. Introducing our Taco Bell Cantina restaurants, equipped with a fancy new look, open kitchen, custom menu and specialty alcoholic beverages like beer, wine, sangria and liquor versions of our classic Freezes. Find a Taco Bell Cantina restaurant near you.


PRIMA Ristorante Permanently Closes in Walnut Creek – PRIMA Vini Remains Open

1522 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Sad news that PRIMA Ristorante, open for 43 years, is permanently closing in downtown Walnut Creek due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the bright side, the wine shop next door, PRIMA Vini will remain open. Check out their online shop here.

From their closing announcement:

As you well know, the COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the entire restaurant community, and since our mandatory closure in early March, Chef Peter and I, after 21 years together as friends and colleagues, 15 of them as partners, have looked high and low for a path forward- a way to get PRIMA Ristorante back to its accustomed role of bringing its unique sense of Italian hospitality to the good people of Walnut Creek. Alas, though, it appears that events have conspired against us. The longer the restaurant has been closed, the harder it has been to find a way to successfully reopen. We’ve finally come to the realization that we won’t.


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Back to the Table Cooking School Closes in Lafayette

271 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

After eight years, Back to the Table Cooking School has closed in Lafayette. The production kitchen on the second floor will remain open with a new name.

From their Facebook page:

We were all set with a full spring schedule and almost sold out summer camps…until COVID-19 hit. After some real soul searching over the last 5 months, as well as the uncertainty of when we could reopen; Leslie and I are very sad to say that we have decided to close our cooking school permanently, effective immediately. However, we are happy to announce the new owner will continue the Production Kitchen under their own name.