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Sprouts & Shutters: New Middle Eastern Eateries, BJ's Opening, Brunch Cocktails and More

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news in the Tri-Valley area.

Wondering what’s moving into your neighborhood shopping center? Our weekly Sprouts & Shutters column highlights the latest Tri-Valley restaurant, retail and other business news.

De Afghanan Kabob House expanded to Livermore. The Middle Eastern restaurant, with locations in Fremont and Berkeley, opened last Thursday on Railroad Avenue near Grocery Outlet. Savory specialties include Borani Kadoo (sautéed pumpkin seasoned with fresh garlic and peppers) and De Afghanan’s Famous Chaplee Kabob (grilled ground sirloin mixed with scallions and special seasonings). Learn more at deafghanancuisine.com.

Pleasanton also gets a new Middle Eastern restaurant: Lokanta restaurant is set to open next month in downtown Pleasanton, taking over the space recently vacated by .

Owner Dogan Ozdogan says his new restaurant will feature “California influenced Mediterranean and Turkish dishes” such as Mediterranean Mussels (steamed with creamy white wine lemon garlic fish broth and bay leaves) and Flaming Hellumi Cheese (with pear, roasted tomato and Champagne syrup). Fun bit of trivia: Ozdogan says Lokanta means bistro in Turkey, his home country.

Did you miss Patch’s coverage of the recent sale of Pleasanton’s ? Read all about it in .

Dublin’s 4Ever Dance Studio is expanding its studio, taking over the space next door in the small shopping center next to Tralee on Dublin Boulevard. The dance studio offers instruction in ballroom, Latin, salsa, swing, tango, hip hop, zumba, country and other dance styles. Learn more at 4everdancestudio.com.

Opening Update: The wait is over: BJ’s Brewhouse officially opens today, April 23, in the Fallon Gateway in Dublin.

On June 1 Schubros Brewery plans to take possession of its newly leased warehouse and office space on Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon for its corporate headquarters, research and development and distribution center. Ian Schuster, the brewery’s president and a San Ramon resident, says they also hope to open a small brewery in the space for “very small batch production runs for an extremely select distribution and very limited product lines.” Schuster says news about Schubros Brewery opening and inaugural brewing for sale should be coming soon. Read more about Schubros Brewery in Patch’s .

Opening Update: San Ramon's new Clementine's restaurant opened April 17 on San Ramon Valley Boulevard and will celebrate its grand opening April 28. Read more about the New Orleans themed restaurant in .

Danville residents have a new place to get a burrito: Chipotle Mexican Grill opened its newest eatery March 28 in the Danville Square Shopping Center near Trader Joe’s. Read more in earlier Sprouts coverage.

Danville’s now offers brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Sunday. The new menu includes breakfast specialties like Baked Fuji Apple Toast Casserole and Panko Fried Chicken and Waffle as well as a lunch salad and sandwich options. The brunch menu also features sizable list of “morning cocktails” that goes well beyond the traditional Bloody Mary. See the full offerings at bridgesdanville.com/brunch.php.

Did you miss Patch's last retail and restaurant roundup? Read about these and more in our last Sprouts & Shutters column:  

  • in Danville
  • in San Ramon
  • in Dublin
  • and in Pleasanton 
  • and in Livermore

Know of a restaurant or shop opening or closing in the Tri-Valley? Please send me a news tip at patchsprouts@gmail.com.

Susan Lewis April 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
What happened to TGI Fridays in Pleasanton?
Julie Dowling April 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hi Susan, I'll look into this and include an update. A while back the manager there told me the restaurant wasn't sure if it was going to renew its lease.
dogan May 16, 2012 at 07:48 AM
hi Julie, So lokanta restaurant.bar is now open, we are serving californian influenced mediterranean food.we did change the interior desing and renew the back sunroom lounge

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