Diablo Dish: Bierhaus to Move into Lark Creek Space
The Vine at Bridges will reopen as new concept; La Fiesta Square’s Chow is the last one standing; a new craft cocktail bar is slated for Uptown Oakland; Bangkok Kitchen and Woung Luang Lao-Thai Cuisine close in Concord; and more Dish.
Bierhaus Will Fill Old Lark Creek Space in Downtown Walnut Creek
Bierhaus, which brought its German food and craft beer selection to Oakland last year, is planning to take over the space on Locust Street vacated by Lark Creek in the summer of 2019.
Bierhaus specializes in such German favorites as schnitzel and würst, and naturally has plenty of German beers on tap—not to mention beers from Iceland and Belgium. We’ll keep you posted on what happens next.
The Vine in Danville Is in a Growing Phase
What used to be The Vine at Bridges on Hartz Avenue in Danville will reemerge in late May as The Vine and Spirits. Instead of just being a retail wine shop and wine bar, the new incarnation will have a full bar and a kitchen specializing in small plates. In addition, a patio will be added to take full advantage of those balmy summer nights.
Though the retail area will be reconfigured, The Vine and Spirits will still be the place to find premium wines, with bottles for sale to take home or enjoy in the newly remodeled space.
Chow’s Lafayette Branch Now Stands Alone
Now that the four other Chow branches have closed—all within the last 18 months—the only one still open is in Lafayette’s La Fiesta Square. We don’t want to borrow trouble, but it might not be a bad idea for Chow fans to make sure to stop by in the near future.
The original Chow in San Francisco shut down last week, according to Eater San Francisco, joining closed locations in Danville, Montclair, and a second San Francisco spot.
Looking for Another Spot in Uptown Oakland? Here’s How
Plans call for Here’s How—a restaurant and bar right across the street from the Fox Theater—to open by April 1, though it’s never easy to hold to a timeline when such things are planned. Guests can expect craft cocktails and the kitchen has yet to hint at a menu.
Change Is Constant at Todos Santos Plaza
Two longtime stalwarts in and around Concord’s Todos Santos Plaza have recently closed. Both Bangkok Kitchen and Woung Luang Lao-Thai Cuisine have shut their doors, as will one of our favorite post-prandial stops, Half-Price Books, later this spring.
Livermore Wineries to Celebrate Barrel Tasting Weekend
Barrel-tasting weekends are becoming a thing in wine-growing areas, but Livermore’s version—which runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24—has something different: a painted barrel trail.
Twelve out of the 30 participating wineries in this annual event will feature wine barrels painted by local artists. In fact, the barrels are already on display throughout Livermore’s wine country—which, by the way, is at its best right now with bright green hills after the winter’s drought-busting rains.
The $45 tickets deliver at least two tastes at participating wineries, plus potential stops at Sutherland Distilling Company (whiskey and rum) and Eight Bridges Brewing. There are also several transportation options to make the day even easier, not to mention the roads a little safer.
A Paean to Paella
Celebrate the Spanish dish at Telefèric Barcelona on March 27 (next Wednesday) during National Paella Day. Even better: Diners will not only get to taste paella, pinxtos, and sangria, but they’ll also get a master class from chef Oscar Cabezas.
The 6:30 p.m. event starts with sangria lessons, followed immediately by sangria sampling. After you feel like you can flamenco, learn the secrets to great paella, finished by a glass of cava and traditional Spanish dessert.
Special Siembra Spirits Pairing at Comal’s Latest Abajo Event
Comal’s modern take on Oaxacan cuisine will be paired with a selection of Siembra Azul tequilas, each with unique tasting notes and flavor profiles. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and for $75, diners can combine eating and drinking with a chance to talk to distillers and chefs.
Hayward’s Plāyt Links Up with Longevity Wines
First, just the possibility that wine drinking can lead to longevity is a happy thought—and though that may not be the reason Plāyt has set a five-course, $125 wine-paired dinner with Longevity Wines for Monday, March 25, it doesn’t mean you can’t partake in this possibly life-extending ritual either.
In actuality, Plāyt likely saw the opportunity to connect with the 2018 Livermore Valley Winery of the Year and combine restaurant’s Southern-themed menu with some vino.