Dish: Sideboard Arrives in Lafayette
Guy Fieri in Oakland; Craft Beer celebration; Half Moon Bay Brewing in Berkeley.
Courtesy of MoMo’s American Bar and Grill
MoMo’s Comes to the Creek
Even A’s fans can’t deny the magic of having a cocktail at MoMo’s American Bar and Grill before heading to a Giant’s game. With a picturesque location adjacent to AT&T Park, this much-loved restaurant is a mecca for many baseball fans.
But you’ll no longer need to drive to the city to get the MoMo’s experience. The eatery announced earlier this week that it will open a second location in downtown Walnut Creek. The full-service bar and restaurant will move into 1444 North California Boulevard, the space formerly occupied by McCovey’s Restaurant.
With plans to open late in the year, this new East Bay location may just have opposing baseball fans battling for seats at the bar on game days.
Sideboard Swings into Lafayette
Sideboard lovers, the day you’ve been waiting for is almost here. We’ve been watching the construction in Lafayette and holding our breath for when the beloved Danville-based Sideboard Neighborhood Kitchen and Coffee Bar would finally open its doors in Lamorinda.
May 16 is the big day. Located in Park Plaza on the corner of Mount Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road, the eatery will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, offering hand-roasted coffee and New American comfort food made with local, organic ingredients. There’s tons of can’t-miss items, but I’m partial to the Thai chicken salad with baby kale, mixed baby greens, grilled chicken, peanut sauce, scallions, shredded carrots, and a fabulous Thai dressing.
The Lafayette location will be extremely similar to the Danville location that you may already know and love. There might be a few minor differences, but ultimately, the restaurant formula remains the same.
Lettuce in Walnut Creek has big expansion plans under way. The popular lunch spot will take over the space next door, formerly the location of Pro Home Systems. With construction slated to start very soon, this new space is expected to be open for business by the end of July.
Look for an expanded catering menu, entrée selections, a possible juice menu, and a large garden patio with lots of outdoor seating.
Just in time for the heat of summer.
Change is in the air at Redcoats in Pleasanton. The much-loved British restaurant and pub will soon be closing its doors, so it’s your last chance to enjoy the famous fish and chips, bread pudding with rum sauce, and Bubble and Squeak.
While Redcoats will remain open until this Sunday, the premises will eventually be owned by Beer Baron, a Livermore-based bar offering a wide selection of craft brews and cocktails. The sale will be finalized once the liquor license has been transferred. In the meantime, it’s business as usual, with a DJ spinning tracks on Friday and Saturday night.
Stay tuned for more news.
Construction at the Coffee Shop
The hustle and bustle of construction surrounds the soon-to-be Coffee Shop in Lafayette. Moving into the space formerly occupied by The Art Room on Lafayette Circle, this new Coffee Shop location aims to bring the community together through special events and theme nights, including open mic, game, art, and trivia nights.
The menu will remain virtually the same, but the Lafayette location will feature a large patio area with ample outdoor seating, perfect for eating a meal or sipping your wine or coffee on a nice day.
The Coffee Shop plans to expand beyond Walnut Creek and Lafayette, with additional East Bay locations being scouted.
Tapping your toes while you wait for your caffeine fix? Only four to six weeks more to go before the doors open in Lafayette. The new location is now hiring and accepting reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Half Moon Bay Brewing Heads to Berkeley
If you’ve been craving some craft brews from the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company but don’t want to make the trek out there until pumpkin season, then you’re in luck.
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Company will open its first outpost on Center Street in downtown Berkeley this summer. While no specific opening date has been set yet, the taproom will be open seven days a week and will feature 15 to 20 local and regional beers on tap. Up to 50 percent of the beer will be sourced from the on-site brewery at the original Half Moon Bay Brewing Company.
Pull up that barstool. We’ll be posting updates in the near future with an opening date.
365 by Whole Foods in the East Bay
A new Whole Foods is coming to town. Whole Foods Market is introducing 365 by Whole Foods Market and opening 13 stores next year in various states. This new Whole Foods shopping experience will offer natural and organic grocery staples, as well as easy and affordable shopping with the same healthy shopping experience that drives the original Whole Foods. Keep an eye out for “Friends of 365” which features unique in-store experiences.
The Bay Area will be home to two of the 13 stores, with one storefront in San Francisco and the other in Concord. The 365 by Whole Foods Market will move into the The Veranda development on Diamond Boulevard.
No opening date has been announced at this time, but the Concord location is expected to open at some point in 2017. Stay tuned.
Guy Fieri Visits Clove and Hoof
Clove and Hoof, a hip butcher shop and restaurant in Oakland’s Temescal District, was recently featured on the popular Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, which stars the famous restaurateur Guy Fieri.
Tune in, or set your DVR, to see Clove and Hoof chef John Blevins and owner Analiesa Gosnell work their magic as they wow Fieri. The episode will air on May 14 at 10 p.m., May 15 at 3:30 p.m., and May 20 at 3:30 p.m.
Corner’s Tavern is getting a new neighbor. Beyond the Creek has reported that Los Angeles-based Lemonade is moving into Walnut Creek. With signage showing a summer 2016 opening, Lemonade is a marketplace that offers seasonal California comfort food, serving up sandwiches, salads, and hot dishes.
Stay tuned for an exact opening date.
Pizza on the Move
We’ve heard rumblings for a while, but it has been confirmed that California Pizza Kitchen will be closing in Broadway Plaza in June.
Don’t cry, BBQ chicken pizza lovers. CPK will move into the new retail and housing development located across from Corner’s Tavern and the new Lemonade, although no opening date has been announced at this time.
Let’s hope those pizza ovens aren’t down too long.
Get Happy at Teléferic
Teléferic Barcelona, located in the eye-catching, three-story building at the corner of Main Street and Mt. Diablo Boulevard, just got a little bit happier.
This week the Spanish-style tapas joint started hosting a happy hour, which will be offered at the bar Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 3 and 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy seasonal cocktails, the famous house-made Sangria Teléferic, and wine by the glass. And don’t forget the food: Small bites will be available as well, with menu items including marinated olives with thyme and house-made croquettes with Iberian ham and béchamel.
Cheers to happy drinks and happy bites!
Craft Beer Spectacular
Attention, craft beer aficionados: The 2nd Annual Livermore Valley Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday at the Shriner Event Center from 1 to 5 p.m.
Spend an afternoon drinking unlimited pours from 32 local breweries, munching on delicious fare from six gourmet food vendors, and listening to live music. Purchase your ticket ahead of time for $40, or buy it at the door for $50. VIP tickets cost $65 and include early entry, a free T-shirt, and a gift bag with coupons and other goodies.
Ticket sales raise money for the Shriners Hospital Transportation Fund, which supports the transportation of children from around the world to the Northern California Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.