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De Afghanan “Authentic Kabob House” Opens in Downtown Walnut Creek


1372 Locust St, Walnut Creek

Patron Mexican Grill only opened this summer in downtown Walnut Creek, but a new restaurant has just taken over, called De Afghanan “Authentic Kabob House”. Although the main sign says “Now Open” when I stopped by over the weekend a hand written sign in the window said, “opening soon”. Has anyone had a chance to try this place out?

Shopping

Daskalos Closing Early January at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

The men’s fashion shop Daskalos, which has been open since 1990 at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, is closing at the beginning of January. I believe this was the only independently owned store within Broadway Plaza. Thanks to a reader for sending word about this.

From their website:

The ambitious young immigrant brohers opened a second Daskalos Brothers in Lafayette, California in 1974 that became a mainstay of the community for 26 years. In 1990 Daskalos Brothers changed direction by opening Daskalos European Fashions in Walnut Creek California within Broadway Plaza. The new store now offered high-end European apparel such as Canali, Zegna & Brioni.

Shopping

See’s Candies Open through Dec 24th at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga


Rheem Valley Shopping Center, Moraga

See’s Candies is open for the holiday season through December 24th at Rheem Valley Shopping Center in Moraga.

From an email:

Pick out your favorite high quality See’s candy from a wide assortment; shipping to friends and family is available right there. All proceeds support many humanitarian non-profits that serve our community and are chosen by Kiwanian members.

Restaurants

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe Closes at Willows Shopping Center in Concord


Willows Shopping Center, Concord

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe, which opened a few years ago at the Willows shopping center in Concord, has closed. I wonder if they held out a little longer whether the increased foot traffic from Half Price Books opening next door would have made any difference? Thanks to a reader for sending word about the closing.

Gyms

Club Pilates Opens at Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center


Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

Club Pilates opened recently at the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. Check out the Pleasant Hill class schedule here.

From their website:

The full-body, low-impact workouts offered at Club Pilates provide a high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core. Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer, springboards and more.

Restaurants

Jack’s Reopens after Remodel at Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center


Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center

The restaurant and bar Jack’s recently reopened after a ten day interior remodel and newly revamped menu at the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center. The inside is quite spacious with a bar area with TVs, outdoor patio, and additional dining space upstairs. I had an opportunity to dine there recently and enjoyed the experience, particularly the Thai steak salad, which was very tasty. For dessert the Galaktoboureko, which is a, “traditional Greek dessert, semolina custard rolled in phyllo pastry, apricot-orange blossom preserve, pistachio ice cream”, hit all the right spots. Check out their menus here. There are so many options to choose from in a family friendly environment that I’ll be sure to check this place out with my family.

From their website:

We’re open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It’s a family run business with a focus on genuine, old school hospitality. Jack’s welcomes guests with an extensive menu that reflects the Marcovici family’s Greek-American heritage and the natural bounty of their California home.

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Shopping

Half Price Books Opens at Willows Shopping Center in Concord


Willows Shopping Center, Concord

Half Price Books, which features, “new and used books, magazines, comics, records, videos, CDs, DVDs and collectible items” opened last week at Willows shopping center in Concord, moving from their previous spot across from Todos Santos Plaza. When I visited over the weekend it was packed full of shoppers and it manages to fit a lot more products than I imagined it would. Check out the Concord page here.

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