Manakish Oven & Grill Coming to Walnut Creek

2905 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to a reader for sending word about a new restaurant called Manakish Oven & Grill coming to Walnut Creek at the corner of N. Main St. and Geary Rd. where Bee & Tea used to be. According to Wikipedia manakish is, “a popular Levantine [Eastern Mediterranean] food consisting of dough topped with thyme, cheese, or ground meat. Similar to a pizza, it can be sliced or folded, and it can be served either for breakfast or lunch.” Check out their website here.


9 Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness Opening in Lafayette beginning of July

3561 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Thanks to a reader for sending word about 9 Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness coming to Lafayette where a carpet store used to be on Mt. Diablo Blvd. Look for them to open this July.

From their website:

Round is a specialized fitness center for people who want a unique, fun, and proven workout that guarantees results. 9Round offers a kickboxing themed fitness program that incorporates a functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. The programs consist of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a World Champion Kickboxer.

Daily Life

Rinehart’s Jewelry Clock Changes Yet Again in Downtown Walnut Creek

The iconic clock in front of the former Rinehart jewelry store on N. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek has been updated yet again. The clock originally was labeled JEWELRY as seen in this photo. In 2015 it was changed to the GELATO clock to advertise a gelato store and for a short time in 2017 it was updated yet again to become the IKOI SUSHI clock before changing back to the GELATO clock in white making it much less visible. Recently I noticed it has been changed to the Rinehart’s clock, presumably in memory of the original Rinehart store. Although a noble idea I think changing it back to the original JEWELRY text and font would be more appropriate.


Baygreens Salads Closes in Downtown Walnut Creek

1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Baygreens Salads, opened since only last December in downtown Walnut Creek has closed. An employee inside told me they were permanently closed which his unfortunate since they had really tasty fresh juice drinks but this is a tough location since it’s recessed into the building making it less visible. Their Oakland location remains open. Check out their website here. Thanks to a reader for pointing this out.


First Wednesdays Street Fest June 5th in Downtown Walnut Creek

First Wednesdays Street Fest:

Downtown Walnut Creek
Cypress St, between Locust St. & N. Main St.
Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
5:30 – 8:30pm | Free

We are kicking off WCFW’s with Neon Velvet in May, followed in June by Vybe Society. May through September you can end the work or school day on the first Wednesday of each month with a street festival full of live music, dancing, food trucks, wine and beer, Kids Fun Zone, interactive games and free prizes. This year we are partnering with the Contra Costa Certified Farmers Market (Sundays, 9a-1p, Cypress St, WC) to create a Chef’s Demo. Stop by and enjoy some delicious recipes.