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Sprouts & Shutters: New Japanese Restaurant, Mattress Store 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.

Select Sleep Mattress, a mattress manufacturing company, opened a retail store on Hartz Avenue in Danville next to California Pedaler on Feb. 11. Besides selling custom-built mattresses, the Union City based company also sells bedroom and living room furniture. Learn more at sleepselectmattress.com.

After 40 years in business, Danville's Pasta Gondola (aka The Pizza Machine) closed its doors for good on Feb. 13. Read the full story .

San Ramon’s new restaurant will open a bit later than planned. Owner Peter Keaney, who originally hoped to open his New Orleans themed restaurant in time for Mardi Gras, says the date has been pushed back to March 20. Read more about Clementine’s in Patch’s .

Dublin’s new BJ’s Restaurant, a California-based restaurant and brewhouse chain, is on track to open this spring in the Fallon Gateway Shopping Center across from the new Target. Read more in Patch’s . You can preview the menu at www.bjsbrewhouse.com/menu.

Massage Envy is set to open the first week of May on in the Hopyard Village shopping center next to Cardinal Jewelers in Pleasanton. The national chain day spa offers affordable therapeutic massage and facials. Massage Envy has other Tri-Valley locations in San Ramon and Livermore.

Opening update: Habit Burger, featured in the , opened Feb. 22. in the new Pleasanton Gateway on Bernal Road.

Sumo Sushi House opened on First Street in Livermore in January. The new restaurant blends traditional and modern Japanese cuisine (try the Lady Ga Ga Roll). It plans to add Teppanyaki and Hibachi this spring. Sumo replaced Sanmola Japanese House, which closed at the end of December after just two months in business. Some say the location is cursed because of the high restaurant turnover, but the new Sumo Sushi House has already amassed high ratings.

Livermore wine country offers more than just standard tasting this weekend. Head to Saturday from 12 – 4 p.m. for “Food Trucks at the Vineyard" featuring wine, beer and food trucks (including Kara’s Cupcakes, Old Port Lobster Shack, Cabana Dave’s and Nom Nom). On Sunday from 12 – 4:30 p.m., you can celebrate March Madness in the “Going Mad for Livermore Wine” tour taking place at several wineries. Designed to lure both guys and gals, the event features putting greens, golf swing analysis, 49ers and Raiders memorabilia, antique cars, Stella and Dot jewelry, goodies from Danville Chocolates, makeup tricks and more. (See the attached flier for more information and a list of participating wineries.)

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

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

Tanya Rose February 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
That burger photo taunted me all morning...so I went to Habit for lunch and the line was out the door! Totally worth the way (the burger was great ... got the double char with onion rings. Needless to say, I'm a little full). Did anyone else go for lunch today? What did you think?
Tanya Rose February 27, 2012 at 09:20 PM
oops, meant to say "worth the wait." Typing too fast (or food coma?)

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