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Diablo Dish: Eight Restaurants Opening Soon

Coffee Shop to open a drive-thru in Alamo; another East Bay Lemonade; a Christmas fire shuts down Uncle Yu’s; and Pasta Pomodoro says goodbye.


Looking Forward to …

There are plenty of new things on the plate in 2017 when it comes to dining. Here are a few places that already have our mouths watering …

Better known as Salvatore before a 2016 closure for extensive remodeling, Benvenuti is the new incarnation of the beloved Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek. The long-awaited opening is expected to take place before the end of the month.

The Peruvian restaurant invasion will continue when Limon Rotisserie comes to Walnut Creek later this month. The San Francisco-based chain has been a rousing success, and with Peruvian food already finding a Central Contra Costa County audience at Walnut Creek’s Parada and Concord’s Lima, the groundwork has been laid.

Chef Michele DuRye likes to make her food a little spicy, so when she opens Civil and Spice on the second floor of Library on Main in Walnut Creek later this month, she’s going to serve up Asian dishes that emphasize the heat, kick, and flavors inherent to Asian spices. The new restaurant will only be open on weekends, so those who like it hot should make reservations early.

MoMo’s American Bar and Grill is a fitting replacement for McCovey’s Restaurant in Walnut Creek, as the original eatery is located right across the street from AT&T Park in San Francisco. Expect a raw bar, mussels and fries, and MoMo’s famous wood-fired pizzas—plus plenty of TVs so sports fans can keep up with all the action.

Homegrown Sustainable Sandwiches, a Washington state-based chain, is rolling out locations on Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette and in Danville’s Iron Horse Plaza. Both outlets are slated to open this month. Expect an array of sandwiches made with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, as well as soups and salads.

Curry Up Now

Curry Up Now is expected to open in Uptown Oakland by the end of the month, and we can’t wait to try the “sexy fries,” an irresistible combination of criss-cut sweet potato fries and various toppings, including chicken tikka masala.

Pleasanton’s Lokanta will open an outlet in Walnut Creek in the coming weeks, bringing its Mediterranean menu to Central Contra Costa County.

This summer, Gott’s Roadside is opening its fifth location in the former Fresh Choice building in downtown Walnut Creek. It will be the perfect time for enjoying a burger, fries, and a shake …


Get Your Caffeine Fix Even Quicker

Walnut Creek’s popular Coffee Shop expanded to Lafayette last year, and now the mini chain has opened a drive-thru outlet in Alamo in the former location of Viva Espresso. This new location opened on January 7, so if you're on the go, swing by for a latte and sweet roll.


More Lemonade on the Way

Los Angeles-based restaurant chain Lemonade, which opened a Walnut Creek location last October, will debut its newest offshoot in Berkeley this spring. The fast-casual eatery will be in a new development near Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto on Fourth Street.


The Gastropig

New Breakfast Eats in Oakland

The Gastropig (love the name) has opened in Uptown Oakland, offering a variety of breakfast sandwiches, such as the #Baconslut (featuring Applewood smoked bacon, an over-easy egg, cheddar, and Aleppo chili aioli on a brioche roll). The fast-casual spot also offers avocado toast, rotating specials, and baked goods from Firebrand Artisan Breads.


Uncle Yu’s in San Ramon Closes Temporarily After Fire

It wasn’t a very happy holiday for Uncle Yu’s in San Ramon, as a kitchen fire forced the evacuation of 30 people attending a private dinner party on Christmas. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the restaurant will close temporarily for repairs.

Uncle Yu’s in Lafayette is still open for business as usual, and the owners are still planning to open the Pleasanton outlet, Andy and Yu’s, in the coming weeks.


Pasta Pomodoro Calls it Quits

After 22 years of business, the once-popular Italian restaurant chain has abruptly shuttered all of its 15 Bay Area outlets, including locations in Oakland, Pleasant Hill, and San Ramon.

Just like everything else, restaurants have a life span, and sadly, Pasta Pomodoro has reached its end.

Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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