Diablo Dish: City Center Bishop Ranch Is Getting Some Good Eats
Orinda’s Wild Magnolia is being replaced with Saffron; La Sen Bistro in Concord is closing; Brew crawl for good in Livermore; Fenestra Winery celebrates 35 years of barrel tastings; and more Dish.
San Ramon’s City Center Announces Eats and Drinks
Headlined by Berkeley-based craft brewery Fieldwork Brewing Co., City Center Bishop Ranch already has salivary glands warming up for its fall 2018 opening. The sixth Fieldwork taproom—and its many high-quality beers—also features a food menu, but burger aficionados will be happy to find yet another Roam Artisan Burgers (that’s six, if you’re counting) in the city center as well.
Tri–Valley fans of Walnut Creek’s Ramen Hiroshi will no longer have to navigate the nasty traffic on 680 to get their fix of free-range chicken and prime ingredients in any of the ramen dishes on the menu.
Of course, no self-respecting shopping area could be without Boba tea, and the Boba Guys—with six other Bay Area outlets, plus a presence in New York—will fill that critical need.
And don’t forget the anchor tenant, The Lot luxury theater, which will not only have 10 screens and 800 seats, but also a full bar, restaurant, and café.
Orinda’s Wild Magnolia to Be Replaced by Indian Restaurant
Orinda Theatre Square is getting a new restaurant, as Wild Magnolia will shut down in late February or early March and be replaced by Saffron—an Indian restaurant.
Wild Magnolia—which took over the space formerly occupied by Table 24—has been open for just over a year, but Saffron—run by experienced restaurateurs from the East Coast—bought out the lease and will begin an extensive remodel as soon as Wild Magnolia closes.
And Saffron may be filling a need, as presently there are no Indian restaurants in Orinda or Moraga, and only Swad in Lafayette.
Concord’s La Sen Closing After Valentine’s Day
We’ve all heard horror stories about the Bay Area rental market, but here’s a new one for Contra Costa County: Concord’s rental rates can be higher than Walnut Creek’s.
That’s what La Sen Bistro co-owner and chef Hai Tat Nguyen discovered when his Salvio Street building got a new owner and the rent went up so high that it was more expensive than his new Main Street site in Walnut Creek.
So the Concord outpost will be shutting down after Wednesday’s dinner, but Nguyen loved his time in Concord and hopes to find another location soon. In the meantime, the Walnut Creek restaurant will still be available for those hungering for Nguyen’s fine French food.
Fenestra Winery Celebrates 35th Annual Barrel Tasting
Livermore’s Fenestra Winery will make the long weekend even more enjoyable by inviting visitors to taste the components of Conjugation, its award-winning Bordeaux-style blend. The barrel tastings will be at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. throughout President’s Day weekend, and will be accompanied by a wine discussion led by winemaker Aaron Luna or winery owner Lanny Replogle.
Livermore’s Brew Crawl Benefits Food Bank
Livermore is known for a lot of things: long-standing wineries, rodeos, and one of the world’s most cutting-edge laboratories. But the Livermore Valley Craft Beer Foundation wants to make sure people know about its beer scene as well.
Thus, Thursday’s Livermore Downtown Brew Crawl and Food Drive will celebrate the four local craft breweries: Altamont Beer Works, Eight Bridges Brewing Inc., Working Man Brewing Co., and Shadow Puppet Brewing Company.
In addition, co-sponsor The Blue Brew Bus will offer rides up and down First Street so you can reach participating locations quicker.
And don’t forget to bring your canned goods. Most beer crawl participants will be collecting on behalf of the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Bonus: Crawlers can take part in a raffle and not only enjoy a fun night in Livermore, but also potentially win beer- and food-related prizes.
Find the Mardi Gras Spirit at Oakland’s Terrace Room
Maybe the Bay Area isn’t as big on Mardi Gras as some other areas, but The Terrace Room Restaurant and Bar near downtown Oakland is trying to remedy the situation.
Starting Friday, February 16, and running through Friday, March 2, a special bar menu will be available Wednesdays through Fridays with plenty of New Orleans flavor, as well as live music Thursdays and Fridays.
Fit Eats Makes It Easy to Eat Healthy
Fit Eats not only gets that a lot of people are just too busy to cook, but also that convenience should not war with good health.
Recently, Fit Eats expanded from Sacramento to Walnut Creek, Concord, San Ramon, and Pleasanton, and the pre-made meals are delivered in the dead of night so customers can get up and find either breakfast, lunch, or dinner—or all three—on their doorsteps each Monday and Friday. (Orders have to be in by 10 a.m. the day before delivery.)