Walnut Creek

Restaurants

Burma 2 Opening this May in Downtown Walnut Creek


1616 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last month downtown Walnut Creek had NO Burmese restaurants and by next month there will be two of them as Burma 2 is expected to open next month in May where Siam Fine Thai used to be. The other Burmese restaurant, Burma Unique, opened just this week. Check out their website here. However, I wonder what’s going on in front of the restaurant as that looks like a pretty big hole down there.

Restaurants

Goodbye Poke, Hello Japanese Desserts – Boba Hangs On in Downtown Walnut Creek


1385 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

The boba/poke restaurant T4 & Poke which opened a couple of years ago in downtown Walnut Creek is switching things up as they get rid of the poke and will be known as Amausaan Uji Matcha / Japanese Cuisine & Lounge. The boba drinks will remain as they offer Japanese desserts such as Matcha Mille Crepe. Check out their menu here. As a fan of Japanese desserts I look forward to trying this place out!

Events

Fiesta Cinco de Mayo at The Gardens May 5th in Walnut Creek


Fiesta Cinco de Mayo:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
1540 Marchbanks Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, May 5th, 2019
5:00pm | $75

Get ready to party at The Gardens at Heather Farm! This year’s Fiesta fundraiser hits right on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), and there’s no better way to celebrate the festive day than by hanging outdoors in our beautiful garden enjoying scrumptious tacos, frozen margaritas, beer, live mariachi and more!

Take in the fresh, evening air and walk among thousands of blooming roses. Try samples of several unique tequilas and test your taste buds on our salsa “heat scale” while helping to raise funds to support our community-based public garden and environmental science programs for local school children.

Featuring live performances by the amazing Mariachi Mi Mexico and an array of tasty, Mexican-inspired foods prepared by Elisa’s Catering & Flavors of Cali Food Truck, including tacos, mini empanadas and chimichangas, guacamole, salsa and more!

Ages 21+ only

Things to Do

GamedayVR Relocates within Walnut Creek


250 N. Wiget Ln, Walnut Creek

GamedayVR, a virtual reality arcade that opened at the end of 2017 in downtown Walnut Creek has relocated temporarily to Mike Murphy Baseball, a batting cage center located directly across from the future Shadelands SportsMall in Walnut Creek. According to an employee they will be relocating to the SportsMall and will offer a baseball VR experience in addition to their usual VR games. Stay tuned…

Although they currently only have room for a few VR areas, I did spot a temporary PC gaming section for a party.


1373 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Events

Diablo Symphony and Diablo Ballet Present: Family Concert: Dance at Lesher Center in Walnut Creek April 14th


Diablo Symphony and Diablo Ballet Present: Family Concert: Dance:

Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
Sunday, April 14th, 2019
2:00pm | $35

The Diablo Symphony Orchestra is delighted to join forces with Diablo Ballet on April 14 to present a concert the whole family will enjoy. In a program celebrating dance, audience members of all ages will be invited to move – and maybe even clap out loud – to rhythms of the waltz, the polka and Russian folk dance. Dancers will bring cats and unicorns to the stage, and the orchestra will transport imaginations to a village fair with gypsies, masqueraders and a dancing bear. Classic ballet selections featuring dancers from Diablo Ballet include Tchaikovsky’s “Pas de Deux” from Swan Lake and “Puss in Boots” from Sleeping Beauty. Under the direction of Matilda Hofman, the orchestra will perform the universally loved waltz from Sleeping Beauty as well as selections from Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant ballet Petrushka. Capping off the celebration, a surprise guest conductor will lead the orchestra in Strauss’s exuberant “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka”.

Restaurants

Bounty Hunter Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek


1521 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

The Napa-based restaurant and wine shop Bounty Hunter opened this week in downtown Walnut Creek, next to Va de Vi. Check out their menus here. One reader emailed that they “expanded the menu quite a bit from what they serve at the Napa location. Some additional wine bar ‘snack’ items, salads, and seafood selections in addition to their signature barbecue.” I look forward to checking this place out!

From their website:

Walnut Creek will not only boast small selective producers from California, but a large inventory of international wines, available to taste or enjoy with a meal in our lush and sophisticated setting, or purchase in our retail shop of over 500 wines.

Classic Americana Cuisine that resonates with all generations. Signature dishes include Classic BBQ, Fried Chicken, Smoked Prime Rib, Seared Ahi Tuna, grilled fish and entrée style salads. The source of cooking is a wood-fired grill and a Southern Pride Smoker.

Wine is first at Bounty Hunter. We feature 40 wines by the glass, 12 wine flights and over 500 wines by the bottle. A full bar is offered although there is a curated cocktail list with a focus on classic cocktails that include spirits that we offer in the retail store. The beer list is a selection of domestic and international craft beers.

Gyms

Just Be Yoga Relocating to Prime Downtown Walnut Creek Spot


1347 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for pointing out that Just Be Yoga, currently located behind the gift shop Wish on Boulevard Circle in Walnut Creek, will be relocating to downtown Walnut Creek where Diane’s Beachwear used to be. Check for updates on their Instagram page here. Their schedule can be found here.

From their website:

It has two yoga rooms, an outside patio, great parking, and many cafes, restaurants and shops close by! We are still solidifying our opening day, and the last day at our current Walnut Creek studio is still Sunday, April 28th.

Shopping

Warby Parker Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek


1614 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Last month we learned that California Closets would be closing in downtown Walnut Creek in the historic Dole House with the possibility of Warby Parker opening in its place and based on recent job postings we know that Warby Parker will be opening a showroom most likely in this location. Check out their selection here.

From their website:

Every idea starts with a problem. Ours was simple: glasses are too expensive. We were students when one of us lost his glasses on a backpacking trip. The cost of replacing them was so high that he spent the first semester of grad school without them, squinting and complaining. (We don’t recommend this.) The rest of us had similar experiences, and we were amazed at how hard it was to find a pair of great frames that didn’t leave our wallets bare. Where were the options?

It turns out there was a simple explanation. The eyewear industry is dominated by a single company that has been able to keep prices artificially high while reaping huge profits from consumers who have no other options.