The cafe Brioche de Paris is opening next Monday, September 30th, in downtown Walnut Creek. According to the owner they will be offering, “authentic French pastries, Sandwiches, Crepes, Salad, Tarts, coffees, Bread and more.” As you can see in the photo below there will be plenty of available seating. I look forward to trying this place out!
In the early years, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue was a successful chain of drive-in restaurants with a reputation for serving fresh plate lunches throughout the Hawaiian islands. In late 1999, our founders – Johnson Kam and Eddie Flores, Jr. – introduced their signature, Asian and American fusion take on the classic plate lunch to the residents of California.
Plate lunch – also known as “the state food of Hawaii” – dates back to wage laborers in 19th century sugar plantations and pineapple fields, who brought rice and other leftovers to work in compartmentalized tins. Lunches were often shared, resulting in a harmonious mix of home recipes from Japan, China, the Philippines, Portugal, Korea, and even New England.
Piccolo Napoli, which opened over six years ago in Orinda Theatre square, is under new ownership according to a sign in the window. It looks like some remodeling is happening before they reopen. Stay tuned for the opening…
Thanks to all who emailed that the Vietnamese restaurant Mangosteen, which opened last August, has closed. A new Mexican restaurant called Capullo will be opening in this spot according to a coming soon sign in the window. Is it my imagination or are more and more Mexican restaurants opening around here these days?
Last week we learned that a new Brazilian steakhouse, Texas de Brasil, will be coming to the Veranda shopping center in Concord and another restaurant called Doppio Zero will be opening there as well. Check out their San Francisco menu here.