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Pleasanton Stalwart Barone’s Will will close on December 22

After 27 years on Saint-Jean Street, Barons will end on December 22. Jo and Maricela Baron took over an old favorite, Casanova’s, in 1995, and has been serving classic American/Italian dinners and drinks ever since.

The usual suspects—COVID, staff shortages, inflation—were the cause of the closure, but at least longtime guests get the chance for a farewell visit or two.

Elia is open on Locust Street in Walnut Creek

The popular Pleasanton spot has taken over the former location of Lokanta on Locust Street, bringing upscale Greek cuisine to downtown Walnut Creek. Nestled between Limón and Vanessa’s Bistro 2, Elia will give Central County diners a chance to sample moussaka and other classic Greek dishes and even enjoy the spectacle when saganaki is placed on the fire.

De Afghanan Kabob House opens onto Locust at Walnut Creek

In a time when restaurants are disappearing and never coming back, Walnut Creek’s From Afghan Kabob House reversed the trend and reopened after closing last year.

As the name suggests, De Afghanan offers kebabs and Afghan dishes, just like it does at its Livermore and Fremont locations, but what’s remarkable is that after closing Locust (next to San Francisco Creamery Co.) and being replaced by Onigilly Japanese Kitchen, De Afghanan resurfaced in the same location.

Ready or not, here comes the holidays

At least it feels like winter is coming this year, so getting ready for Thanksgiving seems easier somehow. On the other hand, preparing a big meal for the family is never easy and in some families, ours for example, it is increasingly difficult to find volunteers.

So settling into a restaurant and letting other people do the heavy lifting is an increasingly popular option, but it does mean it’s a good idea to make those reservations early. Getting a table for 10 just three days before Thanksgiving won’t be easy, so here’s a first guide to some picks.


Driveway and Vine: The Alameda spot will offer a Thanksgiving meal for $79 per person ($35 for ages 12 and under) with turkey (of course), steak, fish or vegetarian options. Appetizers and desserts are also part of the package.

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill: The Oakland restaurant will offer its $85 Thanksgiving prix fixe meal – with turkey, sea bass or risotto – from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The price for children is $37.50, and note that there will be no a la carte options.

LB Steak: San Ramon’s LB Steak will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with holiday additions to the menu available throughout the day. There will be a turkey roulade with traditional accompaniments and special desserts.

Sabio on Main: The Sabio on Main in Pleasanton will serve a prix fixe four-course Thanksgiving meal for $85 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Turkey, beef, fish and vegetarian options are available.

Wente Winemaker’s Dinner Set for Saturday

Livermore’s Wente Vineyards will offer a special multi-course menu with wine pairings starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday. The $185 event will also add live music to the meal and libations.

Zino celebrates the harvest with a special three-course meal

from Berkeley Zino-on the inside Shattuck Plaza Hotel on Allston Way – will offer a special three-course dinner with wine pairings from Vineyards of Navarre for $75 on November 16. The fixed price dinner on Wednesday will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For Culture occupies the former Mexicali Rose space

The Mexican Rose was an Oakland landmark with a nearly century-long run on 7th and Clay streets, but the location has been dark since 2018.

Now, however, a bar focused on Oakland’s unique culture and community has opened its doors, both preserving the vibe of the classic Mexicali Rose while emphasizing a more modern feel. For culture will emphasize Oakland’s history – for example, with a Black Panther mural on the wall – while creating its own identity, reports Nosh, with a focus on art and plans to build a scene for live performances in the parking lot.