Texas de Brazil Coming to The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that another Brazilian steakhouse is coming to Concord, this time to The Veranda. It’s called Texas de Brazil and their menu is here. Note the above photo is not necessarily the actual restaurant location.

From their website:

Texas de Brazil began with a dream in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Enjoying the rancher’s life and feasting in the rodizio style native to the region, one of our partners had visions of bringing churrasco culture north to the United States. He wanted to share this unique way of dining where guests indulge in a parade of meats and extravagant seasonal salad area.

The destination for this restaurant was none other than cattle country…Texas. After all, the traditional steakhouse of Brazil blends perfectly with the service and class of the Lone Star State.


Up The Creek Records Now Carries Skateboards in Walnut Creek

Photos by Up the Creek Records

Up the Creek Records, which opened a couple of years ago at Tice Valley Plaza in Walnut Creek recently started carrying skateboards. This is a really fun, locally owned shop with plenty of interesting merchandise besides albums. Definitely check this place out if you’re in the area.

From an email:

The first independent skate shop to open in Walnut Creek in 20 years, Up The Creek is not your typical skate shop. They are hoping to welcome everyone to the sport, especially beginner skaters, girl skaters, LGBTQ skaters as well as creaky-kneed old skaters. Of course, with decks from Meow, Welcome, Foundation and Powell, trucks by Independent, and Theeve and wheels by Bones, Pig and Orbs, they will have all the gear needed for experienced shredders too. Sign up for their newsletter to hear about upcoming beginner skate clinics and plans to team up with Unity Skateboarding in Oakland to bring some Queer Skate sessions to this side of the tunnel. With Walnut Creek-based professional skateboarder Corey Duffel behind the counter on Thursdays, you know you are going to get good service! Stop in at Up The Creek Records, hear some great music, and check out the new Skate section.


Sajj Mediterranean Coming to The Shops At Bishop Ranch in San Ramon

The Shops At Bishop Ranch, San Ramon

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the restaurant Sajj Mediterranean, featuring Middle Eastern cuisine, is coming to The Shops At Bishop Ranch (where Target is) in San Ramon. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

All of our produce is locally sourced and our halal proteins are free of antibiotics or hormones. It’s the sight and aroma of SAJJ, pita, falafel and shawarma being made in front of you. It’s exotic Mediterranean entrée choices you can customize any way you want. It’s authentic sauces and flavors you won’t find anywhere else.


Flywheel Sports Closing End of August in Downtown Walnut Creek

1373 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to all who emailed that Flywheel Sports, which opened a few years ago in downtown Walnut creek, is closing on August 29th.

From an email:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce Flywheel Sports Walnut Creek is officially closing on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Over these last few years, you enabled us to build a strong and thriving community of riders and we could not be more thankful. Our final day of classes at our Walnut Creek studio will be on August 29th. We remain grateful for the support and thank you for being a part of our incredible FlyFam.


Round Table Clubhouse Opens in Former Giuseppe’s Spot in San Ramon

Twin Canyon Shopping Center, San Ramon

In the spring we learned that Round Table Clubhouse would be opening where Giuseppe’s used to be at the Twin Canyon Shopping Center in San Ramon and they have now opened. In addition to an arcade this location has an 18-tap self-pour beer wall which looks pretty darn cool. Check out their menu here.


Dave & Busters Opening Sept 2nd at The Veranda in Concord

The Veranda, Concord

The restaurant and a video arcade Dave & Buster’s, which earlier this year we learned would be occupying the former Toys “R” Us spot at The Veranda in Concord is opening next month on September 2nd. Check out their Concord web page here for happy hours, weekday specials and local events. I look forward to checking this place out if I can snag a parking spot. 😬


Sharetea Coming Soon to Orinda

39 Moraga Way, Orinda

The boba cafe Sharetea is coming soon to Orinda where Sleepy Cat Books used to be, across from the Orinda Theatre Square. Check out their menu here. Anyone know how this compares to iTea in Moraga?

From their website:

Established in 1992, Sharetea started off business with to-go black tea and pearl milk tea drinks in Taipei, Taiwan. Since then Sharetea has opened many branches and franchises in 18 countries such as United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and over 450 stores.