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I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes Now Open

Last spring we asked about the impending I-680 express lanes running from Alamo to Dublin and it’s now open and in-effect from 5am – 8pm on weekdays. It’s free for carpools and qualifying clean-air vehicles but a new FasTrak Flex toll tag is required for high occupancy vehicles in which the number of passengers can be set. For solo drivers it will be possible to pay a toll which changes based on traffic conditions. Check out the I-680 express lanes information sheet here. Has anyone had a chance to use the new system? Does it help with traffic? Or does it feel like an additional tax ?

Real Estate

Three by Lenox Homes Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek


Trinity Ave, Walnut Creek

12 new modern “flats” AKA condos, are coming to downtown Walnut Creek on Trinity Ave. According to an email I received they will be”2 bedroom/2 bath with prices starting from $1 million.” “The Penthouse units have a staircase that leads to their private rooftop deck. All other homes have access to the Rooftop Lounge.” Check out the virtual tour here.

From their website:

  • 12 New Modern Flats
  • Located in Downtown Walnut Creek within steps of Broadway Plaza and other retail and dining
  • Floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking the Walnut Creek cityscape
  • Spacious private decks & large rooftop deck
  • Seven minute walk to Walnut Creek BART
  • Contemporary kitchen with quartz slab countertops, stainless steel appliances, & designer wood cabinetry
  • Two parking spots & storage space within each unit
  • Personalize your own finishes

Restaurants

Gen Korean BBQ Coming to Old Sizzler Spot in Concord


1353 Willow Pass Rd, Concord

Thanks to a reader for sending word that the all you can eat restaurant Gen Korean BBQ is coming to Concord where the old Sizzler restaurant used to be on Willow Pass Rd. Check out their menu here and Concord Facebook page here. With Ohgane open nearby earlier this year, looks like Concord is becoming a prime destination for Korean BBQ.

From their website:

The character for GEN simply means, “The beginning”, and we welcome you to join us in the art of Korean barbeque. We are looking to transcend the norm of Korean BBQ by fusing different flavors that we have found using ingredients from different parts of the world.

We, at Gen Korean BBQ, are pleased to present our guests to an experience they will truly never forget, from our boundless menu options consisting of freshly prepared meats, seafood, and vegetables, to our refreshing & traditional Korean ban-chan (side-dishes); you will experience a wide array of complex flavors that will truly give your palate a new perception of taste.

Shopping

Frame Up Bikes Opens in Walnut Creek


181 Mayhew Way, Walnut Creek

A cool, new full-service bike shop called Frame Up Bikes recently opened in Walnut Creek. In addition to tune-ups, repairs and other services, they carry bicycles from LOOK, Pivot and more and also offer weekly rides and workshops. They even have free espresso from their coffee bar in back. Check for updates on their Facebook page here. Although I’m a runner the sweet looking bikes on display made me want to take up cycling again. 🙂 One of these days…

From an email:

One kind of cool thing is that we built everything — including the fixtures — ourselves. Literally the STORE was built from the frame up.

So, one thing we really want to do at Frame-Up is emphasize community. We have a weekly Thursday night mountain bike ride, and a weekend road ride that we’ll be adding. We’ll also be offering workshops (how to change a tire, etc), a coffee bar, and volunteer opportunities such as trail maintenance.

The owners are Tom Crenshaw, Chris Reardon and Ron Ocampo, who all share a passion for bicycles that extends beyond the normal “tribes” (mountain bikers, road bikers, commuters). Tom and Chris have worked in bicycle shops for years, and they have competed at all levels of cycling. In 2017, they decided to make their passion into a business, catering both to the novice and the advanced rider seeking the best possible cycling experience.

The “frame up” idea is that you can’t always afford a new bike, but you can make tweaks to your bike (a new seat, a different stem, electronic shifting, tubeless tires) that can improve your saddle time.

More photos of the inside after the jump… Continue Reading

Restaurants

T4 & Poke Opening Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek


1385 N. Main St, Walnut Creek

We’ve been following the progress of the boba/poke restaurant T4 & Poke opening in downtown Walnut Creek and it looks like they will be opening very soon. Check out the latest updates on their Facebook page here. Poke Salad started in Concord across from Todos Santos Plaza with T4 recently opening a couple of stores down by the same owner. Check out the Poke Salad menu here and T4 menu here. The teardrop lighting in the Walnut Creek restaurant is a nice touch!

Shopping

365 by Whole Foods Opening Dec 6th at The Veranda in Concord


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

The eagerly anticipated 365 by Whole Foods supermarket is opening December 6th in the new Veranda shopping center at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Galaxy Way in Concord. Check out their rewards program here. You can get 10% off over 100 products, buy 5 get one free deals, as well as, “lots of special offers that will surprise and delight you, from department discounts to birthday presents.”

From the 365 by Whole Foods site:

It’s time for a whole new grocery shopping experience. One that strives to be good for your body, your budget, your lifestyle and the planet.

Shopping

Just Cozy Opens in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek


Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Over the summer we learned that the clothing store True Religion would be closing in Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and they have finally closed. In its place is a popup store open until January featuring leggings called Just Cozy.

From their LinkedIn page:

Just Cozy is a fourth quarter retail company. We specialize in fur-lined leggings and winter accessories. Just Cozy has been in 51 locations across Canada in 2016. We are a quickly expanding brand and are constantly looking for new venues.