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Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery Opening Soon in Danville

Danville Square

A new cupcake and ice cream shop called Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery is opening in Danville Square where zpizza used to be. In addition to cupcakes they’ll feature fresh, small batch cupcake infused ice cream made onsite. Check out their menu here and their Facebook page here.

From their website:

We are a gourmet Cupcakery and Creamery – locally owned and operated that is very owner driven.

Jeff Martin founded the wildly popular Smallcakes that bakes and frosts 15 signature flavors every morning, fresh from scratch. Smallcakes features seasonal and special flavors created by Jeff. After appearances on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” seasons one, two and seven as well as on the hit daytime talk show “The View,” Smallcakes became well known and in hot demand in neighborhoods across the nation.


Starbucks on Hartz Ave. in Danville to become Starbucks Reserve

398 Hartz Ave, Danville

In August we learned that Starbucks would be expanding on Hartz Ave. where Consignit Couture used to be and not only is this a simple expansion but it’s going to become a special Starbucks Reserve store which will offer a “more intimate small-lot coffee experience”. Find out more about Starbucks Reserve on their website here.

From the Starbucks Reserve website:

Apart from the full-scale theatricality of the Starbucks Reserve™ Roasteries, our bars and stores offer a more intimate small-lot coffee experience. These are the perfect places to pick up Starbucks Reserve™ whole bean coffee, enjoy a handcrafted Starbucks Reserve™ beverage and chat with a barista about all things coffee.

Thanks to a reader for sending word about this, can’t wait to check it out!


Main Street Deli Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1506 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

Last month Alamo-based Brass Bear Delicatessen closed in downtown Walnut Creek and now a new deli called Main Street Deli opened in its place. Check out their menu here. They use Metro Deli meats and a sign inside proclaims, “best sandwiches in town”.

From their website:

Brian Alikhani, owner of Main Street Deli, comes from a family of restaurant owners. His father attended culinary school in France and taught him about French cuisine, but Brian was always more interested in making great sandwiches. He also has a PhD in Science and is interested in US History.


Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt Closes in Walnut Creek – Pokeatery Opening by Year-End

1345 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek

The organic frozen yogurt cafe Blush closed recently in Walnut Creek right near Whole Foods and what other than a new poke restaurant called Pokeatery is opening in its place by year-end. Check out their menu here. Thanks to everyone who sent word about this.

From a press release:

Pokeatery, the Bay Area-based build-your-own poké concept, has announced that their first franchised location will open by year’s end in Walnut Creek, CA. The store is the first of three locations set to open in Northern California as part of a multi-unit deal with franchisees Gary Zhu and Julie Ren.

Pokeatery has gained much notoriety in Northern California for its authentic Hawaiian flavors and customizable poké bowls, brought to the mainland by restaurant industry veterans and founders Joann and Derek Chung. The husband and wife duo built Pokeatery’s menu on a commitment to offering fresh, responsibly-sourced ingredients in all of their menu items. A few standouts are the build-your-own poké boxes (customer’s choice of base, proteins, and unlimited mix-ins, sauces, and toppings), pokecado toast (whole wheat toast loaded with avocado, fresh poké, and a variety of topping options), and Dole Whip floats (pineapple soft serve in pineapple juice).


Gott’s Roadside Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek

1275 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

The eagerly anticipated opening of Napa-based Gott’s Roadside in downtown Walnut Creek is today and with long communal tables in the center as well as private tables at the perimeter and outdoor tables there should be plenty of space to grab a spot to try their new vegetarian Impossible burger (amazing!) or one of their classic burgers or salads. Check out their menu here. For those who have been to one of their other locations such as the Ferry Building in San Francisco, the food and ordering process is the same (with the vibrating disc alerting you to go to the far side for pickup). A bar is located conveniently nearby to grab a drink while watching the latest game. I’ve had many burgers at Gott’s which I’ve always enjoyed but I was pleasantly surprised by the Impossible Burger. It really exceeded my expectations. Take a look at a close up of the burger after the jump as well as plenty more photos.

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E.J. Phair Brewing Company Coming to Alamo Plaza

Thanks to Melinda for the update that Pittsburg-based E.J. Phair Brewing Company is coming to Alamo Plaza Shopping Center! This will be their third location (they also have a restaurant/pub at Todos Santos Plaza in Concord). Check out their Concord menu here and beer selection here.

From their website:

From award winning ales and lagers paired with fresh, high quality dishes, to events focused on community enrichment we are proud to be more than just a couple of brewpubs. We are community inspired, community served.


Out the Dough Cookie Dough Cafe Opens in Concord

4666 Clayton Rd, Concord

A new cookie dough cafe called Out the Dough recently opened in Concord. Check out the menu after the jump to see the different types you can get such as cookie dough truffles and cookie dough shakes made with vanilla ice cream. They even have cookie dough cannoli! According to this East Bay Times article, the cookie dough doesn’t contain raw eggs or raw flour and can even be baked at home to make cookies. Check out their website here.

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What’s going on with Kanishka’s in Downtown Walnut Creek?

1518 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone who sent word that something’s going on at the Indian restaurant Kanishka’s Gastropub that opened almost four years ago in downtown Walnut Creek. Their storefront is papered over and OpenTable reservation page notes that, “Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.” Their last Instagram photo says:

Kanishka’s Gastropub will be closed for Thanksgiving holidays this week! I believe whatever happens for a reason in life! Not everything is a sweet spice of pumpkin pie however there is something to look forward to! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and I am thankful to many many things in life! – Paramita Roy



Mr. Green Bubble 1 Year Anniversary this Sunday Dec 3rd

1539 Locust St, Walnut Creek

It’s hard to imagine that a little over a year ago downtown Walnut Creek had exactly ZERO boba cafes and now there are four. The first boba cafe to open downtown was Mr. Green Bubble and they are celebrating their one year anniversary with $1.99 drinks this Sunday, Dec. 3rd all day. “Smoothies, juices and snacks are 20% off while supplies last”.


Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits “Opening 2018” Signage Up in Downtown Walnut Creek

1521 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Over the summer we learned that Napa-based Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits & Smokin’ BBQ would be opening a restaurant and shop called Bounty Hunter Food.Wine.Spirits. and the “opening 2018” signage is up. Note that previously the expected opening date was “March, 2018” so hopefully it’ll open the first half of 2018. Check out their Napa menu here and their wine shop selections here.