Papyrus closed the other day in the Lafayette shopping center near Trader Joe’s, and next to possibly the longest store closing I have ever witnessed, (since 2017), Whippersnappers. The Broadway Plaza location in Walnut Creek remains open.
The highly anticipated restaurant, Social Bird, from the owners of Esin and Revel in Danville, opened this weekend in the former Yankee Pier space at the Lafayette Mercantile shopping plaza. Check out the menu here. As you can see from the photos below, they offer oysters, beer on tap and have a spacious wrap-around bar with plenty of seating. I look forward to checking this place out!
Over the summer Rheem Theatre temporarily closed as it was remodeled after being bought by Cinema West, and they have now reopened. The new theater offers reserved stadium seating rooms as well a main auditorium featuring a 60 foot wide screen with a Dolby Atmos sound system. To top it off, every seat is an electric recliner. Over the weekend I saw the new Star Wars movie (reserved via Fandango) and was impressed by the upgrades!
The Italian restaurant Doppio Zero which we learned this summer would be coming to The Veranda in Concord now has coming soon signage up. Find out more about their story here and check out their Mountain View menu here.
The eyeglass shop Warby Parker opened over the weekend in downtown Walnut Creek in the historic Dole House on Mt. Diablo Blvd. In addition to frames, they also offer contact lenses and plan to offer eye exams upstairs where you can book appointments for eye exams and contact lens fittings. Check out their Walnut Creek page here. “To celebrate the new year, Warby Parker created custom-illustrated 2020 paper glasses. During the last week of December (12/26 onwards), customers can stop in store to pick up a pair, no purchase (or prescription) required.”