Restaurants

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Opening at Lyric in Downtown Walnut Creek


Lyric, Walnut Creek

Michigan-based Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is opening their first California location right in downtown Walnut Creek at the new Lyric complex on Bonanza St, a couple of stores down from Drybar, which opened recently. Check out their menu here. They feature a variety of coffees and teas such as French Vietnamese Au Lait and Cocoa Cappuccino and teas like Winter Blossom and Japanese Sencha. They also offer frozen drinks, shakes and pastries, desserts as well as lighter fare such as quiche, sandwiches and salads. Interestingly, it looks like the boba craze must have not hit Michigan as I don’t see any mention of boba drinks!

From their website:

Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in downtown Ann Arbor near their alma mater, The University of Michigan. Inspired by their love of food and drink and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was conceived and brought to life. The marvelous result: a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced coffees and teas in an environment that is both classic and friendly—just like Wei and Lisa.

Shopping

Toys R Us Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord Files for Bankruptcy


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Toys R Us, which is planning to come to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord, located right next to the Willows shopping center, filed for bankruptcy today. From the USA Today article:

The bankruptcy filing may make some shoppers reluctant to make Toys R Us a destination during the upcoming holidays, and there may be gaps on some shelves if skittish suppliers decide to hold back on some deliveries. But bankruptcy could also give the toy store chain some relief, enabling it to cancel leases and abandon poorly performing locations.

I wonder if this will affect this opening?

Events

Model Rocket Build and Launch at Walnut Creek Library Sept 20th


Model Rocket Build and Launch:

Walnut Creek Library
1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, September 20th, 2017
4:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Kids will be building and decorating model rockets, and then watching them pneumatically launched into the sky! We use card-stock and foam to construct these simple and safe models, and “blast off” will be performed by library staff. All supplies will be provided. Meet in the patio off the Children’s Storybook Room. (Registration required)

Restaurants

11th TIGER Thai Street Cafe Opens in Danville


171 Hartz Ave, Danville

An interesting new restaurant called 11th Tiger, featuring Thai style street food opened recently in Danville where Lotsa Pasta used to be. They have a couple of tables out front and have beer on tap. Check out their lunch menu here and other menus here, here and here.

From their menu:

11th TIGER, we serve the authentic taste of Thai Style Street Food that creatively mixture in different cultures such as North, Northeastern, Central and Southern parts of Thailand. Every dish is perfect blend of flavors-salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy which combines all five tastes as original. We focus on our exotic recipes with best Thai ingredients in each category and cooked by organic products for simplicity taste with healthy. We welcome you to try our dishes and taste the difference. Enjoy your meals!

Check out more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Events

Free Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco Sept 17th


Photo by Flickr user zemistor

Free Comedy Day:

Sharon Meadow
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Sunday, September 17th, 2017
12:00 – 5:00pm | Free

Comedy Day is the original, longest-running, free outdoor comedy concert. This year it features 40 (or more) of today’s top performers from the Bay Area and beyond. It was founded in 1981 as a way for Bay Area comics to say thank you to comedy fans for their support and to The City that has nurtured so many comedians. Since then, nearly 1,000 of the world’s funniest performers have given the gift of laughter to more than a half-million happy people at Comedy Day.

 

Events

Night at the Museum at Blackhawk Museum in Danville Oct 15th


Night at the Museum:

Blackhawk Museum
3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir, Danville
Sunday, October 15th, 2017
5:30 – 10:30pm| $100

You’re invited to attend the 3rd Annual Night at The Museum Gala! A fundraising dinner and auction to benefit the Blackhawk Museums Children’s Education and Transportation Fund that brings ‘K’ through ’12’ students to the museum at no charge.

5:30 pm – 7:00pm
Lobby & Upper Gallery Reception
Spirit of the Old West Gallery Historical Re-enactments
Silent Auction

7:00pm – 10:30pm
Lower Gallery Sit-Down Dinner
Live Entertainment
Live Auction
Raffle

Restaurants

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.