18 years ago on his date, Leslie and I signed a lease and began the party we call Nitro Dog. Today we announce its closure and our upcoming retirement! Our last day of business will be near the end of July. There have been so many great things, events and friendships that have come from this shop! We’re most proud of the thousands of pets and people who we’ve helped start, live and finish their lives together. Now we begin our next journey. BE HAPPY FOR US!!!!!!
Apparently Peet’s Coffee at Plaza Center in Lafayette is lacking space so they have a separate storefront on the backside that acts as a storeroom. Nicely decorated; too bad it’s not a special Peet’s Reserve store like Starbucks Reserve though.
Batch & Brine, a new restaurant opening in Lafayette on June 4th is all ready and yesterday there was a preview to see how everything came out. As you can see in the above photo the outside is wrapped in reclaimed wood interspersed among living walls with indigenous succulents making this one of the nicest looking restaurants in the area. The inside is equally as impressive with giant windows that open butterfly-style allowing both light and fresh air in. The outside has a long fire pit and plenty of tables in front and to the sides. Don’t forget to check out the photos below for a closer look. The food I tried tasted great and am looking forward to trying the house-made pastrami sandwich!
Batch & Brine will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner; brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out their gallery here.
From a press release:
With a menu rooted in the family’s passion for bold flavors and seasonal food, the ownership team and Executive Chef Suarez, an alum of the French Culinary Institute and former culinary director for Rosa Mexicano, are expanding the definition of the classic burger at Batch & Brine, and also offering hearty appetizers, salads, sliders, loaded fries, and weekend brunch. At Batch & Brine, burgers are the main event, but these burgers are globally inspired and take the concept of a hand-held meal to a new level. On the opening menu, guests will find nine, crave-worthy burger creations blending flavors and ingredients that celebrate the family’s Mediterranean and New Mexican heritage. Must-try burgers include patriarch Zafer Abu-Ghaben’s Kufta Burger and Falafel Burger, Chef Suarez’s Steak au Poivre Burger, and Victor Ghaben’s Hatch Chile Burger, featuring the one-of-a-kind “Hatch” chile, which is grown only in New Mexico’s Hatch Valley. Other staples on the menu include pickle-brined chicken and house-made pastrami sandwiches; kale, beet, cauliflower or grilled ribeye salads; the Shaved Ribeye Bao Slider; and a French fry selection topped with duck confit, Hatch chile verde, or pastrami and cheese.
Town Hall Theatre
3535 School St, Lafayette Thursday, May 31st – Saturday, June 23rd, 2018
In an extra twist of casting, SENSE & SENSIBILITY features Heather Buck and Alisha Ehrlich alternating each week of the run in the roles of the two sisters.
Called “exuberant,” “inventive” and “an unconditional delight” by the critics, this rollicking new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel is full of humor and inventive theatricality, while staying remarkably faithful to the beloved classic. Follow the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy late 18th century England. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Late last year we learned that a new restaurant called Batch & Brine would be coming to Lafayette where Swad Indian Cuisine used to be and they are planning to officially open on June 4th according to their Facebook page. Check out their Instagram gallery here. According to this Oakland magazine article the owner operators come from Hubcaps, Broadericks Roadhouse, Mel’s and other restaurants. In addition to burgers there will be a brunch menu, 20 beers on tap (+ wine and cocktails), and something I look forward to, house-made pastrami sandwiches!
The vertical living garden walls spaced throughout the exterior looks amazing; this is going to be a great addition to Lafayette.
The jewelry and bead store Beadazzled recently relocated from their Lafayette location next to La Fiesta Square to Solano Ave. in Berkeley. This comes a few years after House of Beads closed in downtown Walnut Creek.
This year’s event includes the award-winning jazz combo from Acalanes, the Rossmoor Big Band/Generations in Jazz, the Bentley High Jazz combo, the Stanley middle school Symphonic Orchestra who will be joined this year by the Westlake Middle school from Oakland, the stunning dancers from the Performnce Academy, and the talented Town Hall Education performers.
Along with the great live music and dancing, there will be food and beverages available. The stage is adjacent to a shady picnic area, public restrooms and the children’s playground.