I want to give a shout-out to Broderick in downtown Walnut Creek for having a “clean & sanitized” pens bucket in addition to a “used pens” bucket. Not to mention the Purell bottle nearby. I don’t feel that comfortable ordering takeout but would definitely order from Broderick next time I’m in the mood for takeout!
On a side note, over the weekend I phoned in a pizza order for pickup. The person at the counter wasn’t wearing a mask and gave me a pen without mentioning if it had been sanitized. There was no concern about social distancing and I got the impression he couldn’t care less about getting coronavirus or transmitting it to others. Not setting the best example for someone manning the takeout section of a restaurant.
Thanks to everyone who sent word that Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, which opened a few years ago, closed recently in Danville. A new restaurant called Hopstone Cafe is supposed to open here shortly, hopefully they’ll offer take-out and delivery.
According to this NBC Bay Area article, the Walnut Creek city council rejected plans for Amy’s Drive Thru at 2nd Ave. & N. Main St in Walnut Creek where In-N-Out Burger was supposed to be. Apparently, traffic would be a problem especially with the drive thru service.
Yesterday, when I saw Salt & Straw, one of my favorite ice cream spots, listed on the City Center Bishop Ranch website directory, I started unconsciously drooling thinking about which flavor I was going to get on my cone. But alas, what City Center Bishop Ranch giveth, City Center Bishop Ranch taketh away, and now Salt & Straw no longer appears on their directory.
I’m not sure whether they prematurely added it to the directory, like Broadway Plaza did way back in 2017 when I first spotted Apple listed on their directory (and removed shortly after), or the deal fell through, but I’m hoping they really will be coming! 🍦🍦🍦
Of all the wonderful ice cream parlors there in the Bay Area, Portland-based Salt & Straw tops the list for me with its decadent, unique flavors. I’ve enjoyed cones at their Portland and Hayes Valley location in San Francisco and am really excited to learn they’ll be opening their first East Bay location at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. Check out the current San Francisco menu here and read about their story here. If you’ve never tried a Salt & Straw cone before you definitely should check this place out when they open and if you just can’t wait check out one of their other Bay Area locations here.
Thanks to everyone who emailed about Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles Cupcakes coming to City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon. They will be located in between Philz Coffee and Joe & the Juice on the first level. Founded by Candice Nelson, the pastry chef and judge of Cupcake Wars and Sugar Rush, they will also offer ice cream, cookies, brownies, layer cakes and more. Check out their selection here.