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Talk of the Town: The Latest Retail & Restaurant News

May 17, 2023 04:33PM ● By Pam Kessler


In a notable development for East Walnut Creek, Chick-Fil-A is spreading its wings at Citrus Marketplace, after considering a downtown spot in Main Street Plaza. The national chain presented plans to the Design Review Commission, outlining expansion ambitions on the former Bank of America site. The project moves to the Planning Commission for review. 

Known as one of the busiest restaurants in the country, Chick-Fil-A is notorious for its drive-thru traffic. With the aim of easing congestion on N. Main Street, the second location will focus solely on dine-in and take-out service, without a drive-thru window.


Citrus Marketplace continues to need a bit of a boost while DPI Retail, the shopping center owner, entertains tenants for the property. According to a spokesperson, "We've been very selective about leasing spaces at Citrus Marketplace. Our goal is to transform the center into something special for the community. More exciting tenant announcements are coming soon."

The identity of the tenant who leased the former Nob Hill Foods space remains a mystery. Last rumored as a health club, DPI Retail plans to unveil the concept to the public by the end of 2023. Stay tuned.


The shopping complex at San Carlos Drive and Ygnacio Valley Road is three noteworthy additions. From vegan banh mi to roast beef creations, Mendocino Farms promises a variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads when it opens later this year in the former Chase Bank building.


Another exciting concept making its way is The Breakfast Club, a San Jose hot spot for eggs Benedict and fluffy pancakes. Plus, keep an eye out for fast-casual chain QDOBA Mexican Eats to expand its California presence at the plaza sometime this year. 


After four decades at Newell Plaza, Walnut Creek bid a nostalgic adieu to Caspers Hot Dogs on April 16. The sub sandwich chain, Jersey Mike's, is set to take over the space, according to sources.

Meanwhile at Newell Promenade, there's good news for the Kaiser crowd. Adaman Thai, a San Ramon favorite, opened a second restaurant in the strip center. Look for curries, noodles, and soul-soothing soups on the menu. 

Cutting edge vet clinic, Modern Animal, is making its East Bay debut on the corner of Mt. Diablo and Broadway. Pet owners pay an annual membership fee for free exams and 24/7 access to vets and techs by phone, video, or text.


Get ready to welcome a new bistro to The Mercer. Chef Rodney Worth’s newest concept, The Little Pear, is slated to take over the former Counter space in late June. Worth says to expect wagyu burgers, seasonal seafood, and his acclaimed lamb shank, plus a full bar for lunch and dinner.

Embracing the boba tea revolution, Boba Studio joined the ranks on Main Street, opening a hip shop adjacent to Hours Dumpling. Contrary to swirling rumors about Sakimoto taking the space, new signage announces the arrival of Hakana Sushi at the former ExpectAsian location.

Meanwhile, The Library Social Club, an innovative wine membership experience crafted by The Hideout team, took over the short-lived Guava Eats space. Finally, Chef Nora Haron's highly anticipated Indonesian eatery, SanDai and Kopi Bar, opened at 1522 N. Main Street in late April, captivating food enthusiasts with a taste of Indonesia.

Stay tuned for the buzz surrounding Broadway Plaza and the downtown retail scene. We'll be back with updates soon. News to share? Email us: [email protected].


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