Weekly Dish: Doors to Close at Hubcaps
Oakland Restaurant Week is near; Noodles opens in Concord; Costco coming to Pleasanton
Photo by Mai W. yelp.com
Popular Diner’s Doors Close
After 27 years of business, Hubcaps diner on the corner of Locust and Bonanza streets in Walnut Creek will be closing its doors at the start of the New Year, according to a report by Beyond the Creek.
While our assistant editor will forever mourn Hubcaps’ unbeatable mocha milkshakes and loaded grilled cheese sandwiches, there are still a few days left to plan your farewell dinner. The diner is scheduled to close January 4, according to the letter they penned to their customers.
But the space won’t remain empty for long. A complete remodel is planned, and the restaurant will re-open in spring as Broderick Roadhouse. The Sacramento-based establishment offers a menu filled with burgers, shakes, and fries. (Looks like the griddle and blender won’t be lonely for too long.) We’ll keep you posted with updates on Roadhouse’s opening date.
In the meantime, should you feel nostalgic for the diner days, Mel’s Diner is only a few blocks down and is operated by Hubcaps’ owner.
Oakland Restaurant Week
Start your New Year off right by working your way through Oakland’s hopping food scene during Oakland Restaurant Week. Running January 14–24, the event has more than 75 restaurants offering prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus with price points of $20 to $50, including Bourbon and Beef, Lungomare, Nido, A16 Rockridge, District, and more.
With so many restaurants to cover in just 10 days, you might just need to start picking restaurants out of a hat.
Costco Comes to Pleasanton
Costco Wholesale has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 40-acre site from Nearon Enterprises on Pleasanton’s Johnson Drive, according to a recent report by Pleasanton Weekly.
But the 22,000 Costco members reportedly living in Pleasanton and commuting to the Danville and Livermore stores shouldn’t plan on picking up their groceries in bulk quite yet.
An environmental impact report with a fiscal, traffic, and economic analysis must be completed before Costco’s leadership appears before the Planning Commission and City Council for additional approval.
Stay tuned to see if this big box store is welcomed with open arms.
Changes at Johnny Garlic’s?
If you’ve ever seen Food Network’s popular Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, you’ve likely heard host and Bay Area local Guy Fieri shamelessly plug his restaurant chains Johnny Garlic’s and Tex Wasabi’s Rock-N-Roll Sushi-BBQ.
But it sounds like he may only be plugging Tex Wasabi in future episodes, as Fieri is attempting to close the seven Johnny Garlic’s franchise locations—including one in Dublin’s Hacienda Crossings center—and end his shares in the restaurant group.
What’s the fate of this popular chain without Fieri? Johnny Garlic’s CEO Steve Gruber has filed to stop the closures, and intends to purchase the shares owned by Fieri. With menu items sporting names like Guy-Talian Spicy Sausage and Penne, only time will tell how this restaurant drama pans out.
Oodles of Noodles
Another new restaurant has arrived in Concord: Noodles & Company World Kitchen opened its doors on December 14 on Concord Avenue, close to the newly opened Habit Burger.
Noodles offers gluten-free menu items, as well as meatless, 500 calories or less, and noodles for those watching their sugar or salt intake. Don’t miss the salads, soups, and shareable bread items as well.
Order online to jump the line.
Tune in Tomorrow
You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again: With a New Year comes new resolutions to get healthy. Perhaps Berkeley’s own Michael Pollan can help.
The UC Berkeley professor has been filming his book-turned-documentary In Defense of Food over the last few years.
In it, Pollan and his team travel across the globe to study the eating habits of remote tribes, address the American subculture with the longest lifespan, and dig into the latest in nutritional research and food fads. Ultimately, the film aims to simplify and guide eating in our culture—so simple, in fact, Pollan sums it up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Tune in to PBS tomorrow, Wednesday, December 30, at 9 p.m. to catch the two-hour film, which offers practical answers to life’s biggest foodie questions.