Diablo Dish: October
Check out what's new with food this month!
Sasa // Photo by Carmelo P. // Yelp.com
After 15 years of delighting Tri-Valley diners with their winning combination of Mediterranean-influenced American comfort food and drool-worthy desserts, Esin proprietors Curtis and Esin deCarion are finally opening up a second restaurant. The husband-and-wife team announced they would take over the Crown & Anchor space at 331 Hartz Avenue in downtown Danville. According to Curtis, the plan is for a neighborhood tavern that will offer food with the same high-quality, seasonal ingredients as Esin. They’re planning a major remodel of the space—which will feature front and back patios, along with a 16-seat bar—and are shooting to open by next February.
Another East Bay restaurateur is expanding to the Tri-Valley: Sasa and Blue Gingko owner Philip Yang is planning a restaurant at Dublin’s Fallon Gateway shopping center. The concept hasn’t quite been nailed down yet, but Yang says it’ll be Izakaya-style Japanese small plates. Look for that to launch next spring.
That’s not all for Dublin diners. Also headed for Fallon Gateway, according to city officials, are a Panera Bread, a Hawaiian grill, and a new branch of Gum Kuo, the popular Chinese BBQ spot in Oakland’s Chinatown. Not to be outdone, Dublin’s Grafton Station shopping center will host two new restaurants as well: the Mongolian hot pot chain Little Sheep, and the Dumpling Factory.
Longtime Tri-Valley caterer Eduardo Posada is opening a brick-and-mortar dining spot in downtown Livermore. Taking over a former taqueria at 988 Murrieta Boulevard, Posada restaurant will serve Southwestern-style tapas paired with carefully curated, Livermore-only wines from smaller operators such as Cuda Ridge, Retzlaff, and McGrail. Posada was aiming for an early October debut.
Friends and co-owners Shawn Akbarbour and Ari Taibak took over the former Pho Minh space at 1991 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, gutted the interior, and plan to open Lotus Persian Cuisine early this month. Taibak, the executive chef, ran his own restaurant in Iran, so expect authentic fare highlighted by kebabs, grilled meats, and made-in-house tandoori bread.
Some sad news in Lafayette, as longtime breakfast-lunch spot Squirrel’s Coffee Shop has served its last plate of eggs and hash browns. Owner Richard Poy says the family shut it down to make way for new tenants as part of a revitalization of that entire historic block off of Mt. Diablo Boulevard. No word yet on a replacement, although rumors hint at a fairly high-profile breakfast-through-dinner diner concept.
On Oakland’s Grand Avenue, the latest project of Pizzaiolo owner Charlie Hallowell is finally coming into focus. More than a year in the making, Penrose & Sons bar and grill should debut early this month, and will sport a menu with a slight North African–Middle Eastern bent highlighted by meats grilled on a wood-fired hearth.
Finally, there is a new restaurant headed for Jack London Square called Jack’s Chowder House. Details are scarce, but word is that Rick Hackett, the owner of nearby Bocanova, is involved (which restaurant reps neither confirmed nor denied).