Last year we learned that Haya Ramen would be coming to the Downtown Pleasant Hill shopping center and their signage is now up. According to one of their job postings it will be an authentic Hakata Ramen restaurant. According to this Matcha Ramen magazine article, “a typical bowl of Hakata ramen is garnished with minimal toppings: just green onions and char siu (boiled or roasted pork).”
A new Napa-based wine tasting lounge/store called The Find (previously Nomad Vintners) is opening in Danville on March 6th. Find out more about the vintners and the wines they’ll feature here. The inside feels quite spacious with various areas to hang out including a separate room for more private tastings.
Experience a very carefully curated selection of boutique, vintner owned brands the way typically reserved for a trip to wine country. Taste with the owners. Learn from the farmers. Discover wines largely unavailable outside of Napa Valley.
Hartz Cafe opened last spring in Danville but it was closed when I stopped by over the weekend and looked pretty empty inside. I also noticed a realtor lock box on the door handle. Anyone know what’s going on over there?
Azia Rugs relocated recently within downtown Walnut Creek where Bella Mar Boutique used to be. According to a person working there, the owner is retiring but another person may be taking over so it may live on. If you’re looking for a Middle Eastern rug check this place out.
Thanks to a reader for sending word that Mo•ni Coffee & Tea opened recently at the Sprouts shopping center in Walnut Creek where The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf used to be. This is the first of a family owned cafe, not a chain and looks really amazing inside. Besides the ambiance, I tried the beet hummus avocado toast (check out the photos after the jump) and it was delicious! I’ll be back for sure (if I can find parking). Check out their menu here.
Judith made Mo•ni with the vision of creating a coffee shop that is a relaxing and comfortable environment for everyone! Mo•ni is here to be your newest go to coffee stop, in the mornings in the way to work, for your mid day pick me up, and any other coffee cravings you might have!
The Laguna Beach-based jewelry store gorjana opened recently at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. As you can see in the above photo the entire front facade can be rolled up for the ultimate indoor-outdoor retail experience. Inside is light and airy with a relaxing SoCal beach vibe. Check out their online selection here.
In 2004, Gorjana Reidel followed a creative impulse and launched an eponymous, quintessentially Californian jewelry line with the help of her husband, Jason Griffin Reidel.
The driven and passionate duo combined their individual strengths to build the company from the ground up. They hit the road with samples in tow and drove a collective 50,000 miles to sell the initial collection. Initial orders were fulfilled from their apartment floor and they worked the trade show circuit as a team of two.
New Delhi Bistroopened back in 2012 at the Rheem Valley shopping center in Moraga but it became a vegetarian restaurant, Bagaan, last year. Thanks to a reader for pointing out that it reverted back to New Delhi Bistro but the, “Baagan burger selection is also still available.”