AR Workshop Opens in Danville

355 Hartz Ave, Danville

Last month we learned that a new DIY creative studio called AR Workshop would coming to Danville and they have now opened. As you can see in the photos below the color scheme nicely compliments the wood accents throughout the store. In addition to workshop classes they also have a small retail section in front and are planning on getting a liquor permit soon. Check out the projects here. When I dropped by I saw they have a special $10 “GRANDOPEN” coupon expiring June 1st.

From their website:

Register for a DIY workshop to create on-trend home decor from raw materials such as wood signs, canvas pillows, wood framed signs, bottle openers and more. Enjoy a girls night out, date night, team building event, private party or birthday party at AR Workshop where you can enjoy an inspiring atmosphere.

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Progress on Solo Vida Restaurant in Danville

312 Railroad Ave, Danville

A new restaurant called Solo Vida is planned for the new construction going on at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Church St. in Danville. As you can see in the above photo the outside looks mostly done. According to a LinkedIn profile it looks like the CEO of this restaurant is also CEO of Primavera Ristorante in San Ramon. Stay tuned…


Chow Closes in Danville

Thanks to everyone who sent word that Chow has closed in Danville on Railroad Ave. Their Lafayette, Oakland and San Fracnisco locations remain open. I heard the rent was just too damn high…

From the Chow website:

After a decade here on Railroad Avenue, we have made the decision to close our doors. We have truly enjoyed being a part of this community, and to have had the chance to be a part of your lives.

This isn’t goodbye – we look forward to seeing you again soon in Lafayette, where you will find the same great menu, and a lot of familiar faces. You can also visit us in Oakland, at our newest location on Piedmont Avenue, or at our very first location on Church Street in San Francisco.

Thank you so much for ten great years. We truly love having had the opportunity to feed you all, and are forever grateful.


Fat Maddie’s Coming to Blackhawk Plaza in Danville

Blackhawk Plaza, Danville

In March we learned that San Ramon-based restaurant Fat Maddie’s opened in the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center and they will also be coming to Blackhawk Plaza in Danville where FieldHouse Sports Grill used to be. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

Since 2010, Fat Maddie’s Grille in San Ramon has offered artisan, farmhouse inspired sandwiches, burgers, salads, and entrees – All made with the freshest local ingredients in a casual, family-friendly setting.


Coffee Shop Opening in Danville this Summer

100 Railroad Ave, Danville

Last month we wondered what was going on at the former Crafts Creamery location in Danville and it turns out that the uber-hip Coffee Shop, which started in Downtown Walnut Creek a few years ago, will be opening a new location there this summer. Check out the roasts they carry here. In addition to coffee and juice they also offer, “craft beer, wine, and cocktails” as well as food items. Check out their Instagram page here.


Ginger Lily Home Decor, Gifts & Workshops Opening June in Danville

120 West Linda Mesa, Danville

Next month in June, Ginger Lily, a new shop featuring home decor and gifts that will also offer workshops is planning to open in Danville, around the corner from Sideboard. Check for updates on their Instagram page here. They will be located in the newly relocated Austin Root House, originally built in 1919 according to a plaque in front.

From their Instagram page:

GingerLily is a Danville-family owned store that features greeting cards, gifts, home decor, jewelry, houseplants, and so much more!


Life is Sweet Bakery & Cafe Opening Soon in Danville

155 Railroad, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new gluten-free bakery/cafe called Life is Sweet is opening where Pascal’s used to be in Danville. In addition to “breakfast, lunch and baked fresh daily pastry items” they will also offer wedding and custom cakes. According to a sign in the window the owners of Pascal’s are retiring after 8 years in business.

From their website:

Life is Sweet is a dedicated gluten free bakery and café located in charming downtown Danville, California. San Ramon Valley High School graduate and Bay Area native Julie Krause, attended the California Cullinary Academy in San Francisco, and immediately went to work in a small local bakery specializing in wedding and custom cakes. After 9 years of perfecting her skills, she returns to Danville to fulfill her life long dream of owning her own Bakery.

Together we bring you Life is Sweet Bakery and Cafe, serving gluten free breakfast, lunch, and assorted baked goods. In addition we have wedding and custom cakes, all of which are also Gluten free.