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Sweetwaters Cafe Opening at Lyric in Downtown Walnut Creek


Lyric, Walnut Creek

Michigan-based Sweetwaters Cafe is opening their first California location right in downtown Walnut Creek at the new Lyric complex on Bonanza St, a couple of stores down from Drybar, which opened recently. Check out their menu here. They feature a variety of coffees and teas such as French Vietnamese Au Lait and Cocoa Cappuccino and teas like Winter Blossom and Japanese Sencha. They also offer frozen drinks, shakes and pastries, desserts as well as lighter fare such as quiche, sandwiches and salads. Interestingly, it looks like the boba craze must have not hit Michigan as I don’t see any mention of boba drinks!

From their website:

Wei and Lisa Bee founded the first Sweetwaters in 1993 in downtown Ann Arbor near their alma mater, The University of Michigan. Inspired by their love of food and drink and driven by their creativity, Sweetwaters was conceived and brought to life. The marvelous result: a coffeehouse that celebrates classic café fare alongside globally influenced coffees and teas in an environment that is both classic and friendly—just like Wei and Lisa.

Shopping

Toys R Us Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord Files for Bankruptcy


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Toys R Us, which is planning to come to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord, located right next to the Willows shopping center, filed for bankruptcy today. From the USA Today article:

The bankruptcy filing may make some shoppers reluctant to make Toys R Us a destination during the upcoming holidays, and there may be gaps on some shelves if skittish suppliers decide to hold back on some deliveries. But bankruptcy could also give the toy store chain some relief, enabling it to cancel leases and abandon poorly performing locations.

I wonder if this will affect this opening?

Restaurants

11th TIGER Thai Street Cafe Opens in Danville


171 Hartz Ave, Danville

An interesting new restaurant called 11th Tiger, featuring Thai style street food opened recently in Danville where Lotsa Pasta used to be. They have a couple of tables out front and have beer on tap. Check out their lunch menu here and other menus here, here and here.

From their menu:

11th TIGER, we serve the authentic taste of Thai Style Street Food that creatively mixture in different cultures such as North, Northeastern, Central and Southern parts of Thailand. Every dish is perfect blend of flavors-salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy which combines all five tastes as original. We focus on our exotic recipes with best Thai ingredients in each category and cooked by organic products for simplicity taste with healthy. We welcome you to try our dishes and taste the difference. Enjoy your meals!

Check out more photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Restaurants

Lettuce Restaurant & Catering Expands in Downtown Walnut Creek


1632 Locust Street, Walnut Creek

In the spring we learned that the popular downtown Walnut Creek restaurant Lettuce would be expanding next door where Pro Home Systems used to be and they are getting close to opening although interestingly the signage says, “Tossed Catering”. Check out their menu, which also includes sandwiches,  pasta and soups here. Earlier this week we learned that Baygreens Gourmet Salad is opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. a few blocks away.

From their website:

We serve delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, yummy soups, authentic Italian pasta, and daily specials made with the finest quality ingredients from local farms and ranches brought to you by friends of the farmers. Our salads, 16 different homemade dressings, and soups are gluten-free. Our meat, vegetarian, and vegan sandwiches are made with Acme breads.

Bars

Farm Creek Brewing Company Closing Sept 23rd in Walnut Creek

Thanks to everyone for sending word. Sad news especially considering their grand reopening was just last month but glad they can spend more time with their family in the south.

From an email:

From the beginning, Farm Creek Brewing has always been about family. And community. We’re proud to be part of an amazing community of supporters and friends. But, we’re missing out on time with our families back home in the south. We can always make more beer, but we can’t make more time.

Heather and I have decided that it’s time for us to create the next chapter of the Farm Creek story.

We will be closing the taproom and brewery in Walnut Creek, California and relocating Farm Creek. The Janinda’s are going home.

The taproom will be open during normal business hours until September 23. We’ll begin disassembling the brewery and taproom shortly after that.

This past year has been an adventure for us and we’re glad we could share it with you. Now, come by the taproom and share another beer with us. And be ready to come visit us on the east coast soon!

Daily Life

How are the Solar Powered Garbage Bins Working out in Downtown Walnut Creek?

Earlier this year downtown Walnut Creek got solar power garbage bins which compact the trash every hour or so. I like how they come with a foot pedal to open but as you can see in the above photo there are potential problems. When I dropped by a few days later the front was completely removed. The other cans looked fine so I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. How do you like the new bins?

Restaurants

Baygreens Gourmet Salads Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek


1653 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Home of Chicken and Waffles closed last month in downtown Walnut Creek and according to Diablo Dish, Oakland-based Baygreens Gourmet Salads will be opening in this spot possibly in early 2018. Check out their menu here.

From their website:

A healthy life begins with the food you eat. At baygreens gourmet salads, we know how important this is. Inspired by farmer’s market sensible dishes, we aim to fuel your dining experience with nutrient dense foods to keep your body and mind healthy.

We are committed to using only natural and organic produces and meats whenever possible. All of our dishes are prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farmers, and are made fresh to order on a daily basis. Feeling hungry yet? Take a look at our delicious and healthy selection!

Transit

Walnut Creek Transit Village Parking Garage Construction Begins


Walnut Creek BART Station

Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new Walnut Creek Transit Village at the Walnut Creek BART station. First up is a new BART parking garage. For more information on the transit village, which will feature 600 apartments plus retails shops and restaurants, click here.

From the project website:

Construction of the new parking garage at BART will begin in September 2017 featuring:

  • 900+ parking stalls- 100 more than current capacity
  • Upgraded bus facility
  • New BART police station
  • New passenger drop-off area
  • Enhanced bike and pedestrian paths
  • Artwork by Dan Corson

Prior to building the new garage, access adjustments will be made to the existing BART parking garage and the North parking lot. During this time, there will be temporary closures of access roads and entrances to the existing garage and parking lots.

The project will add 100 additional parking spaces and improve access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and buses. There will be no loss of parking during construction.