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Diablo Dish: November

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P-ZA Pie // Photo by Vicky L. Yelp.com

There’s no moss growing under the feet of James Syhabout. The Michelin-starred chef isn’t content with Commis, Hawker Fare, or upcoming gastropub Box & Bells. Syhabout’s next adventure is The Dock, a collaboration with Adam Lamoreaux of Linden Street Brewery. The Dock is planned to be a beer garden–restaurant next door to Lamoreaux’s brewery on Linden Street, just outside of Jack London Square. Food will be designed to pair well with beer, and Syhabout reportedly will draw culinary influences from Japan to South America. No word yet on an opening date.

Turns out that Syhabout is also a partner (albeit the silent, hands-off kind) with Shotaro Kamio, for a restaurant on Berkeley’s Fourth Street. Set for an October debut, the restaurant, called Iyasare, will focus on simple, ingredient-driven fare, including soba and rice balls for lunch; and whole roast fish, Japanese-influenced pastas, and hot pot dishes for dinner. In addition to an extensive collection of sake, several local and Japanese beers will be on the menu.

Speaking of beer, the East Bay’s brew boom continues unabated. Main Street Brewery expanded into the space next door in downtown Pleasanton. The new 828 Bites & Brews will serve as a private events space, as well as for spillover business on busy nights. Eight Bridges, a new production brewery and taproom in Livermore, is planning a December opening. In Berkeley, Sierra Nevada’s new tasting room, Torpedo Room, is set for a November debut. Diving Dog, the DIY brewpub concept in Uptown Oakland, is eyeing a November launch. And the as-of-yet-unnamed restaurant taking over the shuttered Cypress in downtown Walnut Creek is rumored to have serious slant towards craft beer.  

But if you’re looking for something just a bit stronger… Sutherland Distilling Company in Livermore is on pace to premiere its custom-made vodka and rum by November. FarmHouse Eatery & Bar, replacing Ocean Bliss in downtown Pleasanton, will serve food by day and drinks by night. And the new artisanal cocktail bar The Last Word is set for a late fall debut in Livermore next to Patxi’s Pizza.

Walnut Creek denizens will have no shortage of places to satisfy a sweet tooth. The Candy Counter, from local family Mark, Carol, Meghan, and Laura Sherry, will sell candy in bulk by the pound at 1385 North Main Street come this November. Another candy concept, Kandyland, is set for a winter debut next to The Counter. And gluten-free baker Ashley Flowers is eyeing several downtown Walnut Creek locations for her Savvy’s Sweet Shoppe.

Opening updates: P-ZA Pie from Bravo Bistro and Fiore restaurant owner Habib El Jacifi opened at Concord’s Dana Plaza. Izzy’s, the upscale Italian concept replacing Forli in Alamo, was set to debut in mid-October. Kanishka’s, the Indian gastropub replacing Fujian in Walnut Creek, is now hoping for a November launch, as are the new Denica’s Real Food Kitchen locations in Walnut Creek and Livermore. And grilled cheese–centric The Melt is said to be headed for downtown Pleasant Hill.

Finally, Contra Costa is now hosting Off the Grid, a gathering of multiple food trucks every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Concord’s Willows shopping center.

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