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Diablo Dish: Main Street Kitchen Expanding

Rooftop goes late-night; a new restaurant opens in Livermore; Tartine heads to Jack London Square; a wine dinner at The Park Bistro and Bar; plus, where to take Dad on Father’s Day.


Main Street Kitchen Making a Move

The wheels are turning on North Main, as the popular Main Street Kitchen in Walnut Creek is expanding into the space next door, which was previously occupied by clothing store Bryn Walker. The expansion will nearly double the size of the 1,500-square-foot restaurant and will include a larger kitchen, a pizza oven, and a full bar.

If all goes well, co-owner Lauren Ghasemi expects the new area will be up and running by mid-October—but getting these things signed, sealed, and delivered by the various government agencies is far from a smooth process.

Regardless of how long the expansion takes, Main Street Kitchen will have a full liquor license by July 4 and an expanded patio by late July or early August. “We will have to shut down for about one week to 10 days, but that won’t happen until everything else is done,” says Ghasemi.

Until then, finding a table at Main Street Kitchen will remain a challenge, but at least now you know relief is on the way.


A Late-Night Dining Option Arrives in Walnut Creek

Summer nights can be special, and what better way to enjoy a warm evening than by having a late alfresco dinner at Rooftop Restaurant and Bar? The downtown Walnut Creek eatery is now serving its full menu until midnight Wednesday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday.

And fear not—there are heaters in case the fog rolls in, and there’s even a retractable roof that can provide late-night shelter if the fog turns to drizzle.


833 Brick Cafe Opens in Livermore

Filling the shoes of the landmark Railroad Café in Livermore will be no easy task, but the new 833 Brick Cafe is giving it a go, offering traditional breakfast and lunch items.

Along with omelets, burgers, and salads, there is also beer and wine available at the new restaurant—though there’s probably not a lot of need for alcohol when it opens at 7 a.m.


An Unusual Starbucks Arrives in Pleasanton

A drive-through-only Starbucks appeared in Pleasanton earlier this week, just off the 580 freeway on Santa Rita Road. The hip, converted shipping container has drive-through and walk-up windows only, so Tri-Valley folks can get a quick caffeine fix.


Duchess // Chelsea Rose Boss

Tartine Dips a Toe into the East Bay

Tartine is famous for its beloved bakery, with lines snaking out the door at all hours, and its acclaimed Tartine Manufactory—and now, it is moving over to this side of the Bay. The Coffee Manufactory is set to open this fall in Jack London Square, offering high-quality, sustainable coffee along with Tartine’s popular baked goods and pastries. As reported by Berkeleyside, Tartine will now roast its coffee in Oakland and sell bags of ethically sourced coffee beans.

We can’t wait to check it out and grab a cup of joe!


Duchess Goes Upstairs for Upscale Cocktails

The Rockridge gathering spot recently opened its upstairs space for cocktails and bar bites, with Bourbon and Branch’s mixologist Luis Ramos running the show.

Bonus: Even the cocktail names at Duchess are great. Who wouldn’t go for some Garden Warfare? But our favorite is Where Are We?—a question often asked late on a Saturday night (or early Sunday morning).


STIX // Jung Fitzpatrick

STIX Adds More Flavors to the Concord Mix

Old McDonald used to have an outlet in Concord’s Park ‘N’ Shop on Willow Pass Road, but the fast-food chain is being replaced by STIX. The latest Southeast Asian eatery by chef Ko Tam is having its soft opening on Friday and its grand opening on June 28.

Tam also runs Savanh, a popular Thai restaurant in Pleasant Hill, but she’s going to expand the menu at STIX to include recipes from her Chinese/Laotian background. And, as the name suggests, much of the food will be served on grilled skewers. Think Lao sausages, meatballs, salmon teriyaki, and chicken with pineapple.

It all sounds good to us!


Historic Grgich Wines Visit the Park Bistro

One of the most momentous events in wine history came in 1976, during what is now known as the Paris Tasting. This event helped put California wines on the map, as a California Chardonnay and Cabernet bested an array of French wines in the blind tasting—and the winning Chardonnay was crafted by none other than acclaimed winemaker Mike Grgich.

Grgich went on to found the Grgich Hills Estate in Napa, and to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the winery is partnering with Lafayette’s Park Bistro and Bar to host a special four-course, $115 wine dinner on June 14. The celebration kicks off at 6 p.m., but space is limited, so quickly make reservations by e-mailing events@parkbistroandbar.com.


La Marcha Institutes Some Cider House Rules

First it was wine, then it was beer. Is cider next?

Berkeley’s La Marcha is taking a step in the direction of cider appreciation by offering a five-course cider dinner on June 14—and is upping the ante by drawing both the food and the cider from Asturias, Spain.

For $75, guests will enjoy distinctly Spanish ciders with traditional Asturian dishes created by chefs Sergio Monleon and Emily Sarlatte, so call to reserve your spot ASAP.


Father’s Day Looms

June 18 isn’t that far away, and in case you’re having trouble deciding where to take dear old dad, here are some local hot spots offering Father’s Day specials.

Yankee Pier

Yankee Pier: Start the festivities on Saturday, June 17, at Yankee Pier. From 2 to 4 p.m., the Lafayette restaurant will offer a $20 wine tasting that features three Spanish whites along with a shrimp cocktail, oysters, and the ubiquitous poke. And on Father’s Day, Yankee Pier will offer a surf and turf special for dad in addition to the regular menu.

Gather: For the environmentally conscious dad, what better way to celebrate than with a locally sourced, sustainable meal at this acclaimed Berkeley eatery? From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Gather will offer an array of brunch items like French toast and farm-fresh eggs, and from 5 to 9 p.m., the restaurant will feature everything from steamed mussels to lamb ragout. Bonus: Dad can order a craft beer or cocktail to pair with his celebratory meal.

The Terrace Room: This Oakland restaurant is offering a special brunch menu for dads of all ages—at a bargain price—from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For “Millenial Dads,” there’s smoky brisket with sweet potato hash and a sunny side-up egg. “Gen X Dads” can order ham with English pea purée and scalloped potatoes while sipping Buffalo Trace neat, while “Baby Boomer Dads” can chow down on a half-pound Niman Ranch burger. And for the “Silent Generation Dad,” there’s a shrimp toast sandwich featuring hoisin sauce, herbs, Sriracha mayo, and sweet chili chips. Finally, the “Greatest Generation Dad” can savor slow-cooked prime rib, creamed spinach, and Yorkshire pudding. The specials cost $16, and for an additional $9, each one comes with a recommended cocktail pairing. There will also be a bottomless Bloody Mary bar for $17.

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