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Talk of the Town: Walnut Creek’s Latest Restaurant and Retail News

Nov 03, 2023 09:22AM ● By Harper Klein

Walnut Creek is abuzz with a series of dynamic shifts in the dining and retail scene, heralding both bittersweet goodbyes and eager hellos. From the shimmering news of bling arriving on Main Street to The Hangout’s new roots in the former Rossmoor Diner space, the town’s transformation continues. Keep your finger on the pulse—Walnut Creek's evolving story is one to watch.


First Look: Original Joe’s Walnut Creek

No doubt one of the most anticipated openings, the Bay Area's beloved Original Joe’s revealed some of its plans this week for a remodel of the old Stanford’s Grill location. Slated to bring its classic Italian fare to 1300 S. Main Street in late 2024, the venture includes a prep kitchen on a newly added second story and an expansive outdoor dining space. "After looking for the right location in the East Bay for years, when we walked into the Stanford’s space, we knew it had the bones to be an Original Joe’s,” shared owner John Duggan at the Walnut Creek Design Review Commission meeting. 


On Tap: Calicraft

Calicraft Brewing has big plans on tap, not only in Shadelands Business Park, but new beer gardens in Davis and downtown Walnut Creek. In collaboration with local developer Brian Hirahara, CEO Blaine Landberg is transforming the office space above Va de Vi Bistro into a trendy rooftop beer garden. As first reported in What Now San Francisco, the new venue at 1511 Mt. Diablo is slated to open in 2025. 



Rossmoor Diner Closes—The Hangout Expands

After a long-standing 35-year history, Rossmoor Diner has shuttered its doors amid leasing disagreements. Meanwhile, The Hangout has seized the opportunity to bring its eclectic mix of breakfast and Asian fusion dishes to the diner's former locale. Another newcomer broadening the food scene at the shopping center is The Napa Deli, a Fairfield favorite expected to debut this month.


Highline Custom Jewelry Coming To Main Street

The dormant spot at 1611 Main Street, previously occupied by Phoenix Salon, is set to sparkle with a new jewelry boutique. Known for their custom pendants, rings, and watches, as well as their celebrity clientele—Floyd Mayweather, 50 Cent, DJ Drama, Mistah FAB, 49ers and Raiders—Southland Mall’s Highline Custom Jewelry is relocating to downtown Walnut Creek. 


Some Other News...

The downtown landscape continues to change: Hook’d Gym parts ways with Locust Street, while West Coast brand Dough Zone Dumpling House prepares to open at the former Veggie Grill space. Crystal Dreams sets its sights on the former Ming Quong location and San Francisco’s Hakashi Sushi is close to launching on Main street.

Meanwhile, contrary to expectations, sources tell us Sweet Maple won't be joining the local dining scene, and some longstanding establishments are preparing for their final curtain. Stay connected for more updates.


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