Willows Shopping Center, Concord
The Orchards at Walnut Creek
SoCal based California Fish Grill is coming to the Orchards shopping center at the corner of Ygnacio Valley Rd. and Oak Grove Rd. in Walnut Creek. Check out their menu here.
From their website:
The ocean is our backyard. It’s part of who we are. At California Fish Grill we believe it should be easy to enjoy healthy, delicious seafood, at a great price, as often as you want. This is precisely what Victor Topete, founder of California Fish Grill, found himself thinking in 1998. Since then, we’ve been grilling and crafting delicious, healthy, seafood favorites for our growing family of loyal guests. Pledged to have respect for the ocean, we promise that our seafood can be enjoyed for years to come by partnering with reputable fisheries that provide only the freshest wild-caught and responsibly farm-raised fish.
You’re among family and friends now. Savor our open kitchen as vegetables and herbs are chopped, fish is hand battered, and meals are cooked on our signature flame grill. Open a bottle of wine and enjoy an appetizer, while we cook and prepare everything by hand. It’s hard work… but for us, it’s worth it.
428 Railroad Ave, Danville
In March we learned that Country Waffles would be closing in Danville and the new Crumbs Breakfast & Lunch signage is up with “opening June 2108” signs posted on the outside. It also notes they’ll be open 6am – 3pm and will be, “a place for the community to gather, enjoy great food & drink in this beautiful place we call home.”
3602 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Late last year we learned that a new restaurant called Batch & Brine would be coming to Lafayette where Swad Indian Cuisine used to be and they are planning to officially open on June 4th according to their Facebook page. Check out their Instagram gallery here. According to this Oakland magazine article the owner operators come from Hubcaps, Broadericks Roadhouse, Mel’s and other restaurants. In addition to burgers there will be a brunch menu, 20 beers on tap (+ wine and cocktails), and something I look forward to, house-made pastrami sandwiches!
The vertical living garden walls spaced throughout the exterior looks amazing; this is going to be a great addition to Lafayette.
3195 N. Main St, Pleasant Hill
Black Angus Steakhouse, which closed last July in Pleasant Hill after a small electrical fire damaged the building exterior, has reopened with a similar interior and slightly revamped menu. Check out their menu here. I had a chance to try the prime rib steak, which are aged at least 21 days, and it was super-tasty.
Plaza Escuela, Walnut Creek
Thanks to everyone who emailed that Panera Bread is closing in Plaza Escuela in downtown Walnut Creek. Tomorrow will be their last day:
Our bakery-cafe at 1140 Locust Street in Walnut Creek will permanently close its doors at the end of the day on Tuesday, May 22nd.
Of course, you can still get your favorites at one of our nearby bakery-cafes. We hope to see you soon.
312 Railroad Ave, Danville
A new restaurant called Solo Vida is planned for the new construction going on at the corner of Railroad Ave. and Church St. in Danville. As you can see in the above photo the outside looks mostly done. According to a LinkedIn profile it looks like the CEO of this restaurant is also CEO of Primavera Ristorante in San Ramon. Stay tuned…
Robert Becker with Digital Frontier
1250 Locust Street, Walnut Creek
Back in 2016 we learned of a new food hall called The Foundry coming to downtown Walnut Creek across the street from the Century movie theater and recently there was a Design Review meeting with new details. As you can see in the updated rendering above the new plan calls for a one story building with mezzanine towards the back of the building. The mezzanine will include restrooms, seating, and an indoor/outdoor bar with a large covered patio overlooking the courtyard. There will also be an outdoor kids movie theater, play structure and flex area to offer games like corn-hole, live music etc. I’m hoping this will open in 2020 and they’ll be able to fit a koi pond!
From left to right: Joe Panik, Tony Gemignani, and Brandon Belt
Photo credit: Austin Ginn, MLB.com
Two new pizza pies are available at Slice House in downtown Walnut Creek with $1 from each slice/$6 from pies going to support George Mark Children’s House. Available now through September 19th.
Panik Parm Pie
- breaded chicken cutlets, sliced Mozzarella, tomato sauce, garlic, grated Parmigiano, oregano and olive oil
Belt’s Monster Meat Pizza
- pepperoni, sausage, bacon, red and green onion, bell pepper, shaved Parmigiano and Romano cheeses and a side of chili oil
For the third year in a row, Tony Gemignani is teaming up with San Francisco Giants Joe Panik and Brandon Belt to benefit the George Mark Children’s House, this year with a more aggressive fundraising goal and an added location to sell the charity pies. From May 17-September 19, $1 from each players’ custom slice and $6 from each full pie sold will be donated to the House, which offers life-affirming care and comfort for children and their families. This year, the trio’s goal is to raise $12,000.
Thanks to everyone who sent word that Chow has closed in Danville on Railroad Ave. Their Lafayette, Oakland and San Fracnisco locations remain open. I heard the rent was just too damn high…
From the Chow website:
After a decade here on Railroad Avenue, we have made the decision to close our doors. We have truly enjoyed being a part of this community, and to have had the chance to be a part of your lives.
This isn’t goodbye – we look forward to seeing you again soon in Lafayette, where you will find the same great menu, and a lot of familiar faces. You can also visit us in Oakland, at our newest location on Piedmont Avenue, or at our very first location on Church Street in San Francisco.
Thank you so much for ten great years. We truly love having had the opportunity to feed you all, and are forever grateful.