Thanks to those who emailed that the “spiritual and magical marketplace”, The Mystic Dream, formerly known as Dolphin Dream, closed their physical shop in downtown Walnut Creek. They do have plans to reopen in a new location eventually and for now you can shop their online selection here.
We are thinking of this as our phoenix-phase, and we shall return stronger and brighter than ever. We have no intention of leaving the Bay Area permanently but have definite plans to reopen in a new location once it becomes feasible to do so.
Sad news that PRIMA Ristorante, open for 43 years, is permanently closing in downtown Walnut Creek due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On the bright side, the wine shop next door, PRIMA Vini will remain open. Check out their online shop here.
As you well know, the COVID pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the entire restaurant community, and since our mandatory closure in early March, Chef Peter and I, after 21 years together as friends and colleagues, 15 of them as partners, have looked high and low for a path forward- a way to get PRIMA Ristorante back to its accustomed role of bringing its unique sense of Italian hospitality to the good people of Walnut Creek. Alas, though, it appears that events have conspired against us. The longer the restaurant has been closed, the harder it has been to find a way to successfully reopen. We’ve finally come to the realization that we won’t.
The Canadian-based shoe store ALDO, which opened three and a half years ago at Broadway Plaza, in downtown Walnut Creek, is closing. According to a sign in the window, there is up to 70% off “everything must go!”
Well, it was fun while it lasted. As more and more people head to downtown Walnut Creek as shops continue to open, the free parking holiday will be ending soon, with parking enforcement returning on July 1st. Over the weekend I saw these Welcome Back flyers on car windshields throughout downtown Walnut Creek. I smiled when I saw the text at the bottom, “This is NOT a Parking Ticket”. Who could possibly think this is a parking ticket after reading this?!
A new restaurant, ExpectAsian A Fusion Eatery, opened this month in downtown Walnut Creek where Fudo and previous to that, T4 & Poke, used to be. Interestingly, what’s old is new again as they offer T4 boba tea. Check out their online menu here.
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Everything But Water, which opened almost four years ago in downtown Walnut Creek, is no longer listed on the Broadway Plaza directory. It’s not listed on the company store locator either, so considering it’s empty inside, it looks like this is permanently closed. Considering how many stores haven’t opened yet and are even boarded up, it’s difficult to determine whether a store is actually closed these days.
Bright, new art murals made by local artists and Neiman Marcus employees are on display at the Neiman Marcus store in downtown Walnut Creek that was recently looted during recent protests according to this KCBS Radio article.