Last month the giant entertainment center Dave & Buster’s opened in the Veranda shopping center where Toys “R” Us used to be. It’s very similar to Round 1 in the Sunvalley mall, also in Concord. The dining section is much bigger, there are pool tables but no ping pong nor karaoke rooms. I noticed they have a VR section with chairs that move in rhythm to the experiences which looks interesting. Bring your eag plugs because it’s loud, just like Round 1. And good luck with parking! One time I had to park on the street due to the parking situation.
Last week we learned that a new Brazilian steakhouse, Texas de Brasil, will be coming to the Veranda shopping center in Concord and another restaurant called Doppio Zero will be opening there as well. Check out their San Francisco menu here.
Thanks to a reader for pointing out that another Brazilian steakhouse is coming to Concord, this time to The Veranda. It’s called Texas de Brazil and their menu is here. Note the above photo is not necessarily the actual restaurant location.
Texas de Brazil began with a dream in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Enjoying the rancher’s life and feasting in the rodizio style native to the region, one of our partners had visions of bringing churrasco culture north to the United States. He wanted to share this unique way of dining where guests indulge in a parade of meats and extravagant seasonal salad area.
The destination for this restaurant was none other than cattle country…Texas. After all, the traditional steakhouse of Brazil blends perfectly with the service and class of the Lone Star State.
The restaurant and a video arcade Dave & Buster’s, which earlier this year we learned would be occupying the former Toys “R” Us spot at The Veranda in Concord is opening next month on September 2nd. Check out their Concord web page here for happy hours, weekday specials and local events. I look forward to checking this place out if I can snag a parking spot. 😬
Texas-based Red Door Escape Room opened recently on the second floor of the Veranda shopping center in Concord above Mikuni. For those not familiar with escape rooms, or episodesas they are called by Red Door, according to Wikpedia, it’s “a mental and physical adventure based game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.”
Check out all six Concord episodes here and note the 50% discount if you book and play by 6/30/19. I played a couple of escape rooms with my friends and family elsewhere and had a blast so I will definitely be checking this place out soon! Based on the two episodes preview I saw the overall quality here looks amazing.
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For several years people have been lamenting the closure of the Walnut Creek Barnes & Noble but good things come to those who wait with the long awaited opening tomorrow, May 22nd, of a new Barnes & Noble store at the Veranda shopping center in Concord. Although the 12,000 square foot one story store is smaller than the Walnut Creek location, thanks to a new contemporary design featuring low profile bookcases, tall ceilings and spacious aisles it feels much larger and airy. In addition to a Starbucks cafe to the side there is outdoor seating, a communal table, comfortable chairs and counter top seating by the window which includes both outlets and even USB ports for charging. So as long as you can grab a parking spot this will be a great place to hang out.
The children’s section at the back left includes a large DUPLO LEGO activity table with plenty of reading selections for kids. There are also record, Nook, stationery, gift and other sections as well as a wide selection of non fiction and fiction books including regional recommendations targeted to local interests. Interestingly, in addition to publicly available kiosks where you can search for in stock books employees will also be roaming around with tablets where you can get help and best of all, pay for your books right there with no need to wait in line which is great!
Watch for book signings and community events at this space with Claire Booth, author of The Branson Beauty and other books appearing this Sunday, May 26th. Don’t forget to check plenty of photos of the inside including the children’s area and more after the jump.
Last summer we learned that the SoCal-based restaurant chain Yard House would be coming to the Veranda shopping center in Concord and they are now set to open in two weeks on April 29th. Check out their menu here. There will be, “over 100 American-style dishes made from scratch daily, and the world’s largest selection of draft beer with 130 taps”.
As you can see from the above photo the Barnes & Noble signage is up at the Veranda shopping center in Concord. Although the property manager mentioned a scheduled April opening this month, when I looked inside they’re still working on the flooring and it’s completely empty inside so they’re going to have to hurry up to get this open this month. With Yard House restaurant opening at the end of the month I shudder to thinking about the parking situation in this area…
Last fall we learned that the Korean bbq place in a cup, Ko Cups would be opening in the Veranda shopping center in Concord and they will be officially opening this Saturday, March 16th. On that opening day they, “will offer a free regular fountain beverage on March 16 with every entrée cup purchase.”
From a PR:
From the start, their goal has been to make tasty yet reasonably priced Korean food, served in a bowl. Each Ko-Cup starts off with a base of rice, crispy lettuce, japchae noodles and a protein selection. Next comes a topping of extra-sweet corn, slices of sweet pickled yellow radish and black sesame seeds. The final touch is a choice of several homemade sauces, such as mayo-mustard, mayo-gochujang (hot pepper) and hot gochujang.
The restaurant and a video arcade Dave & Buster’s is coming to The Veranda shopping center in Concord where Toys “R” Us used to be. I wonder how this will compare to Round 1 in nearby Sunvalley shopping center? What’s going to happen with the already scarce parking situation?