Fresh Box Poke Opens at Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord

Park ‘N’ Shop, Concord

Over the summer we learned that a new poke restaurant called Fresh Box would be coming to the Park ‘N’ Shop in Concord near Mimi’s Cafe and they are now open. This is the same owner as STEAMBOAT located in the same shopping center. Check out their menu here. They have a soft open special where you can get a free regular ice cream sandwich after checking into their Facebook page before November 1st. Also 31% off if you come dressed in costume on Halloween.


Dunkin’ Donuts may be Replacing Ghost Golf in Concord

4383 Clayton Rd, Concord

Thanks to a reader for sending word (and photo) that Dunkin’ Donuts is planning on opening in Concord (with a drive-thru lane) where the miniature golf spot Ghost Golf is currently located on Clayton Rd. Check out their website here. There is even an online petition requesting that Ghost Golf’s lease be renewed. Sign it here.

From the petition:

Dunkin’ Donuts and the landlord are forcing Ghost Golf out! Ghost Golf is a spooky themed miniature golf place owned by a hardworking husband and wife. Since the decorations and aminatronics are difficult to move, as well as the cost, they are unable to relocate. The owners of Ghost Golf put many years and their heart and soul into this project, but this landlord is erasing it! There is nothing similar to Ghost Golf and only one miniature golf place within 20 miles of Ghost Golf. There are plenty of empty sites in Concord, so why kick out one that has a very successful tenant? Save Ghost Golf before it’s too late!


Gen Korean BBQ Coming to Old Sizzler Spot in Concord

1353 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the all you can eat restaurant Gen Korean BBQ is coming to Concord where the old Sizzler restaurant used to be on Willow Pass Rd. Check out their menu here and Concord Facebook page here. With Ohgane open nearby earlier this year, looks like Concord is becoming a prime destination for Korean BBQ.

From their website:

The character for GEN simply means, “The beginning”, and we welcome you to join us in the art of Korean barbeque. We are looking to transcend the norm of Korean BBQ by fusing different flavors that we have found using ingredients from different parts of the world.

We, at Gen Korean BBQ, are pleased to present our guests to an experience they will truly never forget, from our boundless menu options consisting of freshly prepared meats, seafood, and vegetables, to our refreshing & traditional Korean ban-chan (side-dishes); you will experience a wide array of complex flavors that will truly give your palate a new perception of taste.


365 by Whole Foods Opening Dec 6th at The Veranda in Concord

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

The eagerly anticipated 365 by Whole Foods supermarket is opening December 6th in the new Veranda shopping center at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Galaxy Way in Concord. Check out their rewards program here. You can get 10% off over 100 products, buy 5 get one free deals, as well as, “lots of special offers that will surprise and delight you, from department discounts to birthday presents.”

From the 365 by Whole Foods site:

It’s time for a whole new grocery shopping experience. One that strives to be good for your body, your budget, your lifestyle and the planet.


Toys R Us Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord Files for Bankruptcy

Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Toys R Us, which is planning to come to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord, located right next to the Willows shopping center, filed for bankruptcy today. From the USA Today article:

The bankruptcy filing may make some shoppers reluctant to make Toys R Us a destination during the upcoming holidays, and there may be gaps on some shelves if skittish suppliers decide to hold back on some deliveries. But bankruptcy could also give the toy store chain some relief, enabling it to cancel leases and abandon poorly performing locations.

I wonder if this will affect this opening?

Daily Life

Enjoying a $2 Ice Cream Cone

In a world of organic, nitrogen-churned, hand-crafted $6 ice cream cones, it’s good to know simple $2 ice cream cones are out there. On a hot summer day in Concord I really enjoyed this $2.19 chocolate fudge cone. No hiding of kid sizes like I’ve seen elsewhere. It may not be fancy-shmancy ice cream with a story, but it sure did taste good on a hot summer day… 🙂


Fusion Bistro Opening End of July across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord

Salvio Pacheco Square, Concord

Earlier this week we learned that the boba cafe T4 opened in Salvio Pacheco Square across from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord and it turns out the owner (who also owns Sushi Delight in San Leandro) also plans on opening the restaurant Fusion Bistro next door by the end of July which will feature Chinese style fusion dishes. I was able to get some photos of the inside since it’s directly connected to T4 via the hallway in back. They also share bathrooms.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading