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Starbucks Opens at Rossmoor Town Center in Walnut Creek

Rossmoor Town Center, Walnut Creek

Three years ago we learned about Starbucks coming to the Rossmoor Town Center in Walnut Creek and they have now opened. This one also has a drive-thru as you can see in the above photo. Thanks to everyone who emailed about the opening. There is plenty of new space so I look forward to see what other shops will be coming here.


Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant Saved from Eviction at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last week I posted a note from a reader who was lamenting the impending loss of Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant in the newly remodeled shopping center Encina Grande in Walnut Creek and it turns out the complaints worked as Jade Garden was able to renew their lease according to As for the UPS store next door, it turns out the owner took a big loss and will relocate to Orchards shopping center across the street in a few months with a new owner.


Cielito Cocina Mexicana Opening Early Next Year in Danville

445 Railroad Ave, Danville

Thanks to a reader for sending word that a new Mexican restaurant called Cielito will be coming to Danville where Chow used to be. Look for an early 2019 opening. Stay tuned…

From their website:

Cielito Cocina Mexicana features authentic, regional Mexican cuisine from Puebla, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. We support local farmers so that we can source the freshest ingredients. We also have a full bar with an exceptional tequila and mescal collection, California wines, and local microbrews on tap.


Rooted Opening in Pleasant Hill this December

1941 Oak Park Blvd, Pleasant Hill

Rooted Coffee Co which has been offering plant based food and specialty drinks at the Walnut Creek farmers market for several years will be opening a storefront next to SlowHand BBQ in Pleasant Hill this December according to a sign in the window. To help with funding they recently wrapped up a Kickstarter that raised over $55,000. (h/t Diablo Dish)

From their website:

We believe in offering a quality product and experience. For us, it starts with sourcing beans that are exclusively organic & fairly traded. Farmers who grow fair trade products receive a fair price while their communities and the environment benefit as well. Rooted is interested in bettering the lives of our bean farmers as well as leaving a better world for the next generation. These farmers enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions and fair wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.

While our goal is not to save the planet, we do intend to be good stewards of our resources and try our best to make a minimal impact on the earth. We do this by:

– exclusive use of fair-trade, organic beans
– exclusive use of plant based milks
– exclusive use of compostable, petroleum-free cups
– exclusive relationship with one independent, local roaster

Did we mention that Rooted Coffee has a smooth and complex taste with an aroma that is incomparable?!


Cocina Hermanas Opening Mid November in Danville

501 Hartz Ave, Danville

In June we learned that Basil Leaf Cafe would be closing in Danville and more details are coming out about the Mexcian restaurant Cocina Hermanas, owned by Darren Matte of Harvest across the street and Per Diem in San Francisco:

From an email:

Mr. Matte’s future Mexican cuisine establishment will marry well-known Mexican street food and family dishes with a philosophy of fresh, local and sustainable ingredients. A new bar stretching the front of the restaurant will also provide diners with an extensive selection of mescals, tequilas and specialty cocktails to complement their dining experience.
An expected opening for Cocina Hermanas is scheduled for mid November.


Smitten Ice Cream Closes at La Fiesta Square in Lafayette

La Fiesta Square, Lafayette

After four years serving ice cream made with liquid nitrogen, Smitten Ice Cream closed over the weekend at La Fiesta Square in Lafayette. It’s not all bad news though; According to a letter posted inside all Lafayette, Moraga, Walnut Creek and Concord residents will get 25% off purchases from their Rockridge location through the end of the year. Check out their flavors here.

Why did they leave out Orinda and Pleasant Hill residents? Orinda is part of Lamorinda but maybe they figured it’s too close to Rockridge to offer a discount. Why did they skip Pleasant Hill? Maybe that’s an oversight…

Thanks to everyone who emailed about the closing.