Sprouts & Shutters: Flame Broiler, Yakitori Hiroshi, Expressions Dance and More

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings 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.

Livermore’s Eckert Estate Winery moved from Arroyo Road into a much larger 5,200 square foot facility that hosts both its winery and tasting room. Eckert's new space on Graham Court is located around the corner from Longevity, Nottingham Cellars and Occasio and near Cuda Ridge, giving wine tasters five wineries in close proximity. Eckert Estate Winery’s tasting room is now open to visitors Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 p.m.

Speaking of wine, you can celebrate California Wine Month this month with local Tri-Valley events and sales ranging from port specials Cedar Mountain Winery in Livermore to a five-course wine-pairing dinner at the newly renovated Blackhawk Grille on Sept. 18. For more happening locally and throughout the state, visit the California Wine Month page at discovercaliforniawines.com.

Yakitori Hiroshi is expected to open this fall in Dublin’s Ulferts Center, replacing Singapore Old Town Café that closed earlier this year. A spokesperson at Ulferts says the new Japanese eatery will specialize in Japanese-style barbecue. (Yakitori refers to grilled chicken skewers popular in Japan.)

Expressions Dance & Arts celebrated its grand opening Sept. 8 next to The Hop Yard in Pleasanton’s Hopyard Village Plaza. The new dance studio for children and adults offers ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and zumba plus art lessons and “mommy & me” classes. Expressions Dance also limits each class to 12 students to focus on individual instruction. For details and a class schedule, visit expressions-dance-arts.com.

Handles Gastropub, route: {:controller=>"listings", :action=>"show", :id=>"handles-gastropub"} --> will host an event to benefit Special Olympics this Saturday. on Pleasanton Patch.

A couple Pleasanton closures to report, too: Pleasanton’s on Bernal, closed in August. And plans to close Sept. 30. (For more about that closure, read Patch's


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