Diablo Dish: Benvenuti Opening Next Tuesday in Walnut Creek
Commis to add a bar and lounge; Pacific Catch is coming to Walnut Creek; Far East cuisines arrive in San Ramon; sip exclusive Spanish wines at Telefèric; attend a Lagunitas beer pairing dinner in Oakland; and party it up at Calavera’s Agave Fest.
At Long Last, Benvenuti Replaces Salvatore
After an eight-month renovation, Angela Alagna is finally ready to reopen Salvatore as Benvenuti. The reincarnation of the venerable Walnut Creek restaurant is set to open next Tuesday, April 18.
Benvenuti will also serve classic Italian fare, but expect some changes in the décor—and the food. Head chef Manny Arjam has taken over for Angela’s brother Salvatore, who retired, so there will be several new offerings on the menu. “After doing the same dishes for 20 years, I was ready for something new," says Angela.
Check it out on Tuesday at 4 p.m.—when the full bar (with craft cocktails, of course) opens—and stay for dinner, which will be available starting at 5 p.m. in the new-and-improved dining room.
Angela wants to ease into the first few weeks, so she hasn't scheduling a grand opening yet. That may happen in a month or so, but in the meantime, the many loyal customers of Salvatore can take comfort in once more being able to find a taste of Italy on Broadway Street.
Commis Will Soon Have More Than a Michelin Star
C.D.P. stands for “chef de partie,” according to Commis chef-owner James Syhabout—but it is also the name of the new bar opening next to the East Bay’s only Michelin-starred restaurant.
As reported by SFGate, Syhabout will be taking over the space next door to Commis and adding a 10-seat bar and 24-seat lounge area. The casual spot on Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue will feature small plates and snacks, catering to diners who want the Commis experience but don’t want to have a full sit-down dinner. C.D.P will also have a full bar, with a special focus on Champagne and brandy.
We can’t wait until it opens in the fall!
Walnut Creek Lands Pacific Catch
Pacific Catch is coming to The Village in Walnut Creek, a new development at South Main and Newell Streets. This will be the restaurant chain’s eighth Bay Area location and second East Bay location, as there is already a Pacific Catch in Dublin.
Walnut Creek diners can expect lots of fresh seafood, from sushi to ceviche to Hawaiian poke, plus tacos, rice bowls, salads, and sandwiches. There will also be beer, wine, and cocktails on offer—all of which can be enjoyed with small bites during happy hour.
An opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll keep you posted.
Inchin’s Opens in San Ramon
Inchin’s Bamboo Garden has opened a new location in San Ramon, offering a unique mixture of Far East cuisines, from Thai curries to Singaporean noodles to Hong Kong fish dishes.
Inchin’s (a combination of the words “Indian” and “Chinese”) is a nationwide chain with 17 other locations, including restaurants in Fremont, San Jose, and San Mateo. The new San Ramon spot had its soft opening last week and is now up to speed—with a full bar and happy hour specials—so you may see us there soon with a craft cocktail in hand.
Barclay’s Finally Finds a New Home
There’s no timetable for exactly when the doors will reopen, but longtime Barclay’s fans—and there are many—will be eagerly waiting.
District Celebrates Five Years With Happy Hour Specials
District, the popular Old Oakland restaurant with a wine and whiskey bar, has made it to the five-year mark. That’s considered a lifetime in the restaurant industry, and District intends to celebrate that longevity this week, with $5 happy hour deals on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Expect special prices on Bellinis, craft beers, and wines—and of course, certain small plates like peppers stuffed with goat cheese and fries with truffle parmesan aioli.
And while you’re there, take a couple of minutes to appreciate the wine and whiskey tower in the bar, as it features the building’s original doorway header from 1878.
Sip Spanish Wines at Telefèric Barcelona
Walnut Creek’s Telefèric Barcelona is highlighting Spanish wines in its new Sipping Spain series, and next Tuesday, Antalva Wines will be offering select vinos from the Catalonia, Galicia, and La Rioja regions of Spain. For $65, guests will be treated to five wine pairings with a six-course meal.
The Sipping Spain experience will begin at 6:30 p.m. and last until about 9:30 p.m.—but don’t be surprised if the celebration goes much later than that.
Hutch and Lagunitas Pair Up for a Special Event
Hutch Bar and Kitchen in Oakland will host a five-course, $65 beer pairing dinner on April 20—which is also the day of the annual Waldo’s Special Ale release from Lagunitas Brewing Company. In fact, it’s the only day beer lovers can locate Waldo, as the release commemorates a 1971 treasure hunt involving a treasure map and a ’66 Impala. (There is, of course, another aspect to the date 4/20, and its relation to Lagunitas can be found here.)
The event at Hutch will feature Lagunitas brews alongside special dishes by David King that highlight his Southern roots: Think ale-poached gulf shrimp, fried oyster sliders, and smoked duck with citrus gastrique.
Is your mouth watering yet? Call Hutch to make a reservation for either the 5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. seating.
All Things Agave at Calavera
Whether you prefer tequila or mezcal, you’ll soon have a chance to drink your fair share—Calavera in Uptown Oakland is kicking off its popular Agave Fest next Tuesday.
The six-day celebration of all things agave includes free tastings, nightly guest appearances by some of the Bay Area’s best bartenders, innovative cocktails from the Calavera bar team, and inspired Mexican dishes from new head chef Gustavo Romero.
The festivities start on Tuesday, April 18, with an $80 four-course dinner with mezcal pairings. And for those who want to party it up a bit more, there will be special events on Thursday (5 to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (3 to 8 p.m.) featuring light snacks, agave tastings, and music (for a small cover charge). There will also be complimentary tastings on Wednesday (5 to 10 p.m.), Friday (5 p.m. to midnight), and Saturday (5 p.m. to midnight).
Get ready to drink your way through all the agave producing regions of Mexico without leaving the East Bay!