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Sprouts & Shutters: Let Them Eat Cake

Here’s your biweekly roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings in Lamorinda and Central Contra Costa.

Wondering what new businesses are opening and changing in your town? Our biweekly “Sprouts & Shutters” column highlights restaurant, retail and other business news in the Central Contra Costa cities of Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Pleasant Hill and Concord.


The succinctly named “Cake.” opened Sept. 11, replacing Teacake in downtown Lafayette’s La Fiesta Square. The new bakery specializes in—you guessed it—cake, made with local, seasonal and organic ingredients whenever possible. Cake’s co-owner and pastry chef Andrea Quinn has worked at popular Bay Area restaurants Rivoli, Chez Panisse, Moose’s and, most recently, Bay Wolf. Learn more and view some of Quinn’s cakes on Cake's facebook page. (Teacake’s closure was covered in an August column.)

Lafayette’s new Kabab-Burger expands Mediterranean options beyond dolmas and falafel with dishes like Sabich Sandwch (sliced fried eggplant, hummus, hard boiled egg and tahini), Schnitzel Plate (crispy fried chicken breast with Israeli salad) and its house Kabab Burger (seasoned mixed beef and lamb burger on toasted bun). The new eatery, owned by Lafayette residents Avi and Michaella Ben-Ari also offers many gluten-free and vegetarian options. Kabab-Burger opened a few months ago in Lava Pit’s old space next to Trader Joe’s in the Happy Valley Shopping Center.

Walnut Creek’s Build-A-Bear Workshop is scheduled to close its Broadway Plaza store Sept. 30. But parents will soon have another Teddy Bear factory to take their kids: Build-A-Bear is set to unveil a completely redesigned “concept store”, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"sprouts-shutters-bombay-nick-s-shoe-biz-build-a-bear-and-more"} -->—one of six in the country--in Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center on Oct. 5.

Le Gateau Elegant relocates to Walnut Creek from Martinez next month. Read all about Walnut Creek’s newest bakery in , which , reopened under new ownership a week later. Get the details in Patch's recent .

Opening Update: Sprouts Farmers Market opened in Walnut Creek last week on the corner of Geary Road and North Main Street. You can read more about the new natural foods grocer in .

Opening Update: Anthropologie, covered in an opened and and

PH Fan September 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
New Pizza place called Pizza My Way is under contstruction on Contra Costa....
Julie Dowling September 17, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Thanks Telzey! I'll add that to the next column.
flyonthewall September 18, 2012 at 06:20 AM
Wolf Camera in Lafayette has put up a "Closing Down Sale" sign. Also, Hsiang's Chinese Restaurant in Orinda is said to be closing in October.
flyonthewall September 18, 2012 at 06:41 AM
(Sorry if this was mentioned before) Carter's children clothing store has opened on Contra Costa Blvd. in Pleasant Hill (next to Bed, Bath and Beyond).
Julie Dowling September 21, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Thanks! I'll add these to an upcoming column.
Chris Nicholson September 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM
@fly: I'm bummed about Hsiang's (if true)-- it was our goto place locally for take out. Was it poor sales or other issues? Please reveal more of you covert findings.
flyonthewall September 21, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Heard that Hsiang's lost their lease.....
flyonthewall September 21, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Just noticed this morning that a new "Color Me Mine" will be taking over the space where "All In the Kiln" used to be in Walnut Creek along Mount Diablo Blvd.
Julie Dowling September 21, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thanks again! I really appreciate all the news tips and will add this to the list for a future column.

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