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December 2011


Happy New Year!

Hope everyone has a safe and fun celebration! Will be back with regular postings beginning Tuesday. Thanks for reading these past few months. If anyone has suggestions on what kind of things Beyond the Creek should focus on in 2012 please let me know.

Crime, Uncategorized

Arrest in Beating Case at Vice Lounge

Brian Palma

Johnny Lopez









Vice Lounge, located at 1251 Arroyo Way in Walnut Creek was the site of another arrest last night. According to the Walnut Creek police:

On 12/31/11 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Firefighters from Station 1 came upon a beating victim near Arroyo Way and Civic Drive while on an unrelated call for service. The Firefighters began treating the victim and flagged down a passing patrol car. The victim advised he had been pistol whipped by a group of unknown subjects who ran off. Officers quickly set up a perimeter and located two suspects in a nearby stairwell. Security staff from VICE Lounge assisted officers in identifying the suspects.

During the course of the investigation probable cause was developed that linked the two suspects to the beating. The two were identified as Brian Palma and Johnny Lopez. Both Lopez and Palma were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. Officers did not locate a firearm but did find a bloodied metal object that appears to have been used in the assault.

The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening head injuries. Both suspects were taken to Martinez County Jail where they are being held on $50,000 bail.

There were several people in the area during this incident. Walnut Creek PD encourages anyone with information to contact us at (925) 943-5844.

Daily Life

Where’s the Bench?

Broadway Plaza is a great place to shop, with plenty of artwork and places to sit while sipping on a drink from one of the several cafes nearby. So when a reader recently pointed out that the circular bench that used to be next to Nordstrom was missing, I couldn’t believe it. Why would they do such a thing? If anyone from Broadway Plaza or elsewhere knows what happened please let us know. We miss it.


Update on Erawan Thai Restaurant

It’s getting murkier and murkier. Previously I reported that Erawan Thai Restaurant was closing in Walnut Creek. So imagine my surprise when I was strolling downtown in the evening recently when I saw Erawan open for business. The source I had for this info was solid so I decided to go to Erawan itself for more details. Turns out the landlord and Erawan owner are having a bit of a conflict and the landlord may or may not be responsible for attempting to get them closed. The person at Erawan wasn’t exactly sure either so I guess time will tell with what happens to this place.


Who’s planning to Shop at Neiman Marcus?

Neiman Marcus will be opening in a few short months in March and it looks like they’re ramping up steadily judging from the job searches they’re doing. My question is who plans to shop there? I don’t believe I’ve ever been inside one. From my understanding it’s even higher end than Nordstrom. Anyone been inside? How does it compare to Nordstrom?