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Diablo Dish: Broderick Roadhouse to Open

Lunch on the roof; a biergarten with a sandbox; changes for Rossmoor Shopping Center


Broderick Roadhouse

Broderick Opening in Walnut Creek

Ever since the Hubcaps diner closed, we’ve been watching the space on the corner of Locust and Bonanza streets transition to the highly anticipated Broderick Roadhouse.

The Sacramento-based establishment is best known for its American classics, with a menu featuring a wide selection of burgers as well as shakes and fries. Diners will get their first peek of the restaurant during it's grand opening slated for this Tuesday.


Rossmoor Shopping Center

Big Changes for Rossmoor Shopping Center

The Rossmoor Shopping Center in Walnut Creek is about to make some big changes. A redevelopment project led by Tallen Capital Partners and Citivest Commercial just received the final approval needed to begin the redesign.

The project is scheduled to break ground in the fourth quarter of this year, and it will take roughly 15 months to complete. Recent lease signings include Safeway, a drive-thru CVS Pharmacy, and a drive-thru Starbucks. The center is also in talks with Panera Bread and other restaurants.

We’ll keep you posted.



Lunch at Rooftop

You can now enjoy a mid-day meal with stunning views of Walnut Creek. The recently opened Rooftop restaurant is now serving lunch seven days a week. Situated on the top floor of 1500 Mount Diablo, Rooftop was the second eatery to open in the eye-catching three-story building at the corner of Main Street and Mount Diablo Boulevard. The restaurant has been open the past few weeks for dinner only. Now it will be serving lunch every day between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

While dinner service doesn’t begin until 5 p.m., you can still enjoy drinks at the bar, giving you plenty of time to admire the view.


Bike for Beer

With summer right around the corner and gorgeous weather ahead, there’s no better time for a bike ride. And if you want to enjoy craft beer while biking, head to Oakland, where Velocipede Tours is offering a new way to check out the city’s budding beer scene.

Velocipede takes adventurous passengers on a two-hour tour of beer pubs and breweries in the Jack London Square area, all via a 15-passenger, bus-like bicycle that’s decked out with lights and speakers. According to Berkeleyside, the pedal tour includes stops at Pacific Coast Brewery, The Trappist, and Beer Revolution, to name a few.

One seat on the bicycle is $30. The entire bike can be rented for $25 per person. Velocipede Tours plans to expand to other neighborhoods in the near future.

This magical bike might be rolling through Uptown before you know it.


Farewell, Stacey’s

We were sad to see that Stacey’s Cafe in Pleasanton closed on May 1.

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, financed the eatery after learning that his favorite waitress had the dream of opening a restaurant. With the menus featuring notes from Adams, Dilbert devotees were known for leaving Dilbert merchandise at the front counter for him to sign. The business was sold three years ago, but we hear the doors were ultimately closed because of the high rent in the downtown area.


Hangar 1 Vodka

Vodka Created from Fog

Hangar 1 Vodka began creating its product 15 years ago in an old aircraft hanger. Fast forward to 2016, and the Alameda-based distiller is making moves to create sustainable vodka. Last week, Hangar 1 introduced the first ever spirit to be made with San Francisco fog-caught water.

A “true fog-to-bottle” vodka, Hangar 1 Fog Point is produced using water particles caught in the net of a fog catcher. The particles accumulate into large pools of water, which are blended into the vodka’s distillate.

Profits from the limited-edition Hangar 1 Fog Point vodka will be donated to the expansion of sustainable water applications, including the installation of more fog catchers.

Putting Bay Area fog to good use.


Sand and Beer

The Westbrae Biergarten is an outdoor staple in Berkeley at the corner of Curtis and Gilman. With a great outdoor space, an impressive list of beers, and a food truck for bites, the Biergarten is the perfect spot to relax and try a new brew.

But what’s more impressive than the beer list is the family-friendly environment. The beer garden has a kid’s menu, high chairs, and, my very favorite part, a sandpit.

So pack up the sand toys, sunscreen, hats, strollers, and diapers. It’s time to head to the Westbrae Biergarten.


Beer and Pets

Save an animal by drinking beer? Sounds like a plan.

Berkeley Humane is gearing up to host its Third Annual Pints for Paws on June 4. Buy a ticket in advance for $45, or pay $50 at the door. You will have the opportunity to sample more than 80 beers from 20-plus craft breweries. You can also meet local brewers while you sip away.

Balance out your beer with bites from food vendors and food trucks, and enjoy live tunes with your best four-legged friend.

Money raised at the event benefits Berkeley Humane—to save the lives of cats and dogs. We’ll raise a glass to that.


Tuesdays at Clove and Hoof

Clove and Hoof, a hip butcher shop and restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal District, has launched a monthly Tuesday supper. Featuring grass-fed and pasture-raised meat and poultry, Tuesday suppers are designed for the community.

Last month featured an all-you-can eat crawfish boil, complete with crawfish, shrimp, Andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn. Order a glass of the house wine or a 40-ounce Miller High Life to round out your meal. Drinks are not included in the $50 ticket price.

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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