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Diablo Dish: City Center Bishop Ranch Restaurants Help San Ramon Find Itself

San Ramon gets centered; Doña Tomás moves in Oakland; Yard House brings 100-plus beers on tap to Concord; where to Cinco de Mayo in the East Bay; and more Dish.


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San Ramon’s City Center Bishop Ranch Fills Up

San Ramon has been a city since 1983. Sandwiched between Danville and Dublin, it was set apart largely by the Bishop Ranch business park before 2018. But now, there is a focal point to San Ramon

Even though it’s officially called the City Center Bishop Ranch, the new shopping center is really San Ramon’s civic heart—aided in great part by a generous helping of restaurants.

“There’s synergy,” says Jeff Dodd, the senior vice president of retail for Sunset Development Company, the force behind Bishop Ranch. “The more restaurants you get, the more human energy you get. It’s kind of a tipping point.”

And that tipping point is getting harder and harder to ignore, as Mixt (which officially opened last Saturday) joins the restaurant roster. The headliner of the list, of course, is Charles Phan’s The Slanted Door, but Fieldwork Brewing Company, Roam Artisan Burgers, and Mendocino Farms are attractions in their own right.

And look for C Casa, Gio Gelati, and Social Affair to open soon, with Bamboo Sushi and Joe and the Juice slated for the summer. Delarosa will add Italian flavor to the fall, and Curry Up Now will appear then as well.

Additionally, the San Ramon Farmers Market has relocated to City Center. It will celebrate its reopening Saturday, May 4 at 9 a.m. with special events and live music, and return every Saturday thereafter, drawing even more residents and visitors to the city’s new centerpiece.

There are even a couple more restaurants to come, with Dodd stating that City Center will “feel complete by the end of the year.” So, not only will there be plenty of food options at City Center, but it will be clear to all where you’re going when you say you’re heading to San Ramon.

 

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Temescal Landmark Doña Tomás to Close

One of the first restaurants—or business of any kind—to take a chance on the Temescal area of Oakland will be closing its doors at the end of the summer.

However, Doña Tomás, known for its quality food and cocktails, will not disappear completely. Owner Dona Savitsky will take over the Piedmont Avenue spot previously occupied by Chow’s failed expansion. The new space will be called Doña; “Doña means woman of stature in Spanish,” explains Savitsky, “and I love the strong female reference with the new venture.” The restaurant will be counter service only, like Savitsky’s Tacubaya on Fourth Street in Berkeley, and open all day, seven days a week. It will still feature many of the famed Dona Tomas dishes, but without the lived-in vibe of the Telegraph Avenue original, which opened in 1999.

 

Take Your Pick of Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Of course, you could just whip up some margaritas and guacamole at home to toast the Mexican Army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 this Sunday, but we suggest you go out and share the glow with friends and strangers. Here are a just a few of the weekend options:

Walnut Creek Yacht Club: You can get a head start by heading to the Walnut Creek Yacht Club for a $35 three-course prix fixe meal on Saturday, since the restaurant is closed Sundays.

Wente Vineyards: Fresh-grilled tacos, wine, and a beautiful setting are the allure of Livermore’s Wente Vineyards Cinco de Mayo weekend. Check it out both days from noon to 3 p.m.

The Chop Bar: Mexican food and drink will take over Oakland’s Chop Bar (a few blocks from Jack London Square) all day every day from now through Sunday.

Doña Tomás: Not only will there be music—Mariachi Mexicanisimo will play 6 to 8 p.m.—but the Temescal restaurant will also serve dinner this Sunday, an addition to their usual hours.

Agave Uptown: Oakland’s Agave Uptown will open early Sunday (11 a.m.) and close late (midnight) to allow plenty of time to celebrate. Along with the regular menu, look for a la carte food and cocktail specials.

 

First Bay Area Yard House is Open at the Veranda

Yard House—a nationwide sports bar chain—opened its first East Bay location at Concord’s Veranda shopping center Saturday, April 27. Offering more than 100 beers on tap, the eatery also has a full bar and appetizers and pizzas to go accompany one of the world’s most extensive beer lists.

 

Bedrock and Under the Wire Wines Combine With Comal Next Week

Berkeley’s Comal continues its Abajo series with wine dinners on Monday, May 6, and Tuesday, May 7. Featuring Bedrock and Under the Wire wineries, the 6:30 events will include conversations with the winemakers and Comal chefs. The cost is $120.

 

Hayward’s Playt Welcomes Healdsburg Winemaker

The B Street restaurant run by Michael LeBlanc (who owned Pican in Oakland) will bring L’Objet winemaker Danny Glover to Hayward on May 8 for a $125, five-course winemaker dinner.

L’Objet is a Healdsburg winery that focuses on pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, and rosé; Playt features a menu influenced by Cajun, Creole, Gullah, and other Southern cooking styles.


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