Lettuce Restaurant & Catering Expands in Downtown Walnut Creek

1632 Locust Street, Walnut Creek

In the spring we learned that the popular downtown Walnut Creek restaurant Lettuce would be expanding next door where Pro Home Systems used to be and they are getting close to opening although interestingly the signage says, “Tossed Catering”. Check out their menu, which also includes sandwiches,  pasta and soups here. Earlier this week we learned that Baygreens Gourmet Salad is opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. a few blocks away.

From their website:

We serve delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, yummy soups, authentic Italian pasta, and daily specials made with the finest quality ingredients from local farms and ranches brought to you by friends of the farmers. Our salads, 16 different homemade dressings, and soups are gluten-free. Our meat, vegetarian, and vegan sandwiches are made with Acme breads.


The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century at Lafayette Library Tonight

The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century:

Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tuesday, September 13th, 2017
6:30 – 8:00pm | $15 (students free)

Dr. Brad Roberts, Director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, joins us to examine and highlight important lessons on the disarmament enterprise. Drawing on his experience in the making and implementation of US policy during the Obama administration, Dr. Roberts will provide insights to the new problems in strategic conflict we face in the 21st century in which nuclear weapons remain relevant, but major changes in strategies for deterrence, assurance, and strategic stability are necessary.


Farm Creek Brewing Company Closing Sept 23rd in Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone for sending word. Sad news especially considering their grand reopening was just last month but glad they can spend more time with their family in the south.

From an email:

From the beginning, Farm Creek Brewing has always been about family. And community. We’re proud to be part of an amazing community of supporters and friends. But, we’re missing out on time with our families back home in the south. We can always make more beer, but we can’t make more time.

Heather and I have decided that it’s time for us to create the next chapter of the Farm Creek story.

We will be closing the taproom and brewery in Walnut Creek, California and relocating Farm Creek. The Janinda’s are going home.

The taproom will be open during normal business hours until September 23. We’ll begin disassembling the brewery and taproom shortly after that.

This past year has been an adventure for us and we’re glad we could share it with you. Now, come by the taproom and share another beer with us. And be ready to come visit us on the east coast soon!

Daily Life

How are the Solar Powered Garbage Bins Working out in Downtown Walnut Creek?

Earlier this year downtown Walnut Creek got solar power garbage bins which compact the trash every hour or so. I like how they come with a foot pedal to open but as you can see in the above photo there are potential problems. When I dropped by a few days later the front was completely removed. The other cans looked fine so I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. How do you like the new bins?


Mountain Shadow Short Film Competition at Las Lomas Theater in Walnut Creek Sept 15th & 16th

3rd Annual Short Mountain Shadow Film Competition:

Los Lomas High School Theater
1460 S. Main St, Walnut Creek
Friday, September 15th, Saturday, September 16th, 2017
7:30pm | $12

Mountain Shadow Film Society will present the 3 rd Annual Short Film Competition Sept. 15 th and 16 th at the Las Lomas High School Theater. A 29-member jury previewed 346 submissions to select 13 finalists who will present their outstanding films in person for audience choice awards.

Included will be 5 live-action / narrative, four animated and four documentary shorts for a total running time of 110 minutes followed by the filmmakers engaging the audiences with Q&A. This year’s finalists come from all over the country, including SoCal, Utah, Iowa, Illinois, Pennsylvania and one New Yorker. One filmmaker is coming from Brussels making this annual competition an international event!

From audience balloting, 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd place winners will receive $1,000. $500 and $250 respectively. All remaining finalists will receive $150. Unlike most film festivals, this competition has no submission fee for filmmakers. Instead Mountain Shadow pre-selects a limited number of finalists for this competition who are required to present their films in person. Based on Mountain Shadow’s efforts to support and encourage the cinematic arts in the community, the event is sponsored, in part, through the generous financial backing of Film Society members and local businesses.


Baygreens Gourmet Salads Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Home of Chicken and Waffles closed last month in downtown Walnut Creek and according to Diablo Dish, Oakland-based Baygreens Gourmet Salads will be opening in this spot possibly in early 2018. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

A healthy life begins with the food you eat. At baygreens gourmet salads, we know how important this is. Inspired by farmer’s market sensible dishes, we aim to fuel your dining experience with nutrient dense foods to keep your body and mind healthy.

We are committed to using only natural and organic produces and meats whenever possible. All of our dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farmers, and are made fresh to order on a daily basis. Feeling hungry yet? Take a look at our delicious and healthy selection!


Walnut Creek Transit Village Parking Garage Construction Begins

Walnut Creek BART Station

Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new Walnut Creek Transit Village at the Walnut Creek BART station. First up is a new BART parking garage. For more information on the transit village, which will feature 600 apartments plus retails shops and restaurants, click here.

From the project website:

Construction of the new parking garage at BART will begin in September 2017 featuring:

  • 900+ parking stalls- 100 more than current capacity
  • Upgraded bus facility
  • New BART police station
  • New passenger drop-off area
  • Enhanced bike and pedestrian paths
  • Artwork by Dan Corson

Prior to building the new garage, access adjustments will be made to the existing BART parking garage and the North parking lot. During this time, there will be temporary closures of access roads and entrances to the existing garage and parking lots.

The project will add 100 additional parking spaces and improve access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and buses. There will be no loss of parking during construction.


Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Sept 16th & 17th

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival:

Downtown Lafayette
Saturday, September 16th, Sunday, September 17th, 2017
10:00am – 6:00pm (7pm Sat) | Free

More than 250 fine arts and crafts booths.
Restaurants, food vendors, wineries and microbreweries.
Continuous musical entertainment presented on four stages.
Kids area with entertainment and activities for kids of all ages.
Special exhibit and sale of work by local artists, located in our local Artist Alley (La Fiesta Square).
Premium Wine and Craft Beer Pavilion.


Barranco Opening this Friday, Sept 15th in Lafayette

3596 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

The Peruvian restaurant Barranco is opening this Friday, September 15th in Lafayette perfectly timed for the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival over the weekend. With numerous restaurants by the same owner around the Bay Area, including Parada in Walnut Creek, I expect this will be a smooth opening that will feature, “ceviches, empanadas, seafood, paella and more!”

Check out more photos including the outdoor patio after the jump… Continue Reading