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Local businesses giving back to Lafayette schools

Republic of Cake, located in Orinda’s Theatre Square, will be donating 10% of their May sales of Sam’s Very Messy Chocolate Cupcake and 10% of their total cupcake sales each Monday in May to Lafayette Partners in Education. For more information about Republic of Cake and their donations to charities, visit their website at

On Thursday, May 10, Pancoast Pizza in Walnut Creek will be donating 30% of all of their sales that mention “Springhill Dines Out” to Springhill Elementary School in Lafayette. Pancoast Pizza, which also sells salads and hoagies, is owned and operated by a Springhill family. For more information, send an email to

Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2012
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Postino’s own Cat Cora to host new show on Bravo

With the help of chef Curtis Stone, Chef Cat Cora will co-host the new Bravo TV series “Around the World in 80 Plates.”

While it may not be what Cora is most famous for, many local restaurant patrons may remember her work as the former executive chef at Postino in Lafayette. Cora actually helped start Postino with the help of Michael Chiarello in 1998.

With the success of Postino and her own individual success as a chef beginning to blossom, Cora went on to open several restaurants around the country and start her own Greek food line. She is most famously known as being a regular chef on the show “Iron Chef.”

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
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Dine at Bo’s to help Springhill

One of Lafayette’s restaurant “gems” is giving back to the community on Tuesday.

Bo’s Barbecue, 3422 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, will be donating 15% of dine-in and takeout orders for lunch and dinner on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to Springhill Elementary School. Bo’s will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. that day with all orders counting.

In order for the order to count as part of the fundraising effort, you must mention “Springhill Dines Out” and/or have one of the Springhill fundraising flyers, which will be available at the school or at the restaurant on Tuesday.

To call ahead for your order, call Bo’s at 925-283-7133.

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012
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Chipotle pushes back opening date

Hard times in Lafayette. Chipotle has pushed back the opening of its location there a whole week, until Sept. 21. Update your calendars accordingly, folks.

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
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Lafayette Chipotle opening Wednesday

Never fear, Lafayette. You’re less than a week away from delicious cilantro-infused rice and barbacoa beef burritos.

The good folks at Chipotle just sent word their Lafayette store will open next Wednesday, Sept. 14. The store, the fifth in Contra Costa County, will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Remember, when forming a line, absolutely no cutsies.

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2011
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Time for a “Taste of Lafayette”

One of the more popular events in Lafayette, “Taste of Lafayette,” is returning on Tuesday, May 17, for its ninth consecutive year.

“Taste of Lafayette” is a tour of many of Lafayette’s restaurants, giving tour-goers a taste of the food at each location.

The event begins in Lafayette’s Plaza Park at 5:30 p.m. for live music and wine. Participants can then either walk down Restaurant Row or board the shuttle. With 15-20 restaurants participating, there are a lot of stops. After the tour, coffee and dessert will be available in Plaza Park.

Tickets for the tour are $45 with proceeds benefiting the Lafayette Community Foundation and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce’s website.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011
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Review: Lava Pit Fire Grill – Lafayette

The Lava Pit Fire Grill in Lafayette offers a variety of food options originating from Asia and the Hawaiian Islands in a fast food setting. With options ranging from seafood to meat to salads, everyone should be able to find something they will enjoy.

The food does carry the authentic Hawaiian flavor, and the average entrée costs around $10. If you don’t mind the price and a 10-15 minute wait for your food, then the Lava Pit Fire Grill is worth checking out.

The Lava Pit Fire Grill is located at 3647 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette (next to Trader Joe’s). It is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They also have a location in Orinda at 2 Theatre Square, Suite 142, which is open Mondays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, visit their website at

Double Chicken Mix

Posted on Monday, February 21st, 2011
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Table 24 co-owner talks valet parking

I was unable to connect yesterday with Table 24 co-owner Michael Karp for my article about valet parking in downtown Orinda, but I spoke with him for a few minutes this morning about the restaurant’s plans.

Table 24 is talking with parking companies, including Douglas Parking, which manages the Theatre Square parking garage, Karp said, and hopes to begin offering valet service in a couple of weeks.

The restaurant would validate its customers’ parking tickets to give them a discount on valet service, Karp said, and is open to partnering with other downtown businesses to share the cost. The city’s policy requires valet service be available to anybody, regardless of where they plan to shop or dine.

“We’re excited to sponsor (the valet) and to manage it and to have it as an added amenity to downtown Orinda,” Karp said. “We think that we’re part of  hopefully a growth or the next steps in what it’s going to take to develop that downtown retail comm, and we’re excited to be a part of it.”

And for the record, the valet parking policy is to allow for the use of city streets for the valet service. As several pointed out at last week’s council meeting, Casa Orinda offers valet parking to its customers, but does so on-site and thus does not require a permit to do so.

Posted on Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
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El Balazo owners in more trouble

When the El Balazo in Lafayette closed its doors in March, there were whispers of the owners of the restaurant chain having some major tax issues. They also had an issue in 2008 when some of their employees were caught in an immigration raid.

All of the whispers and rumors seem to be more than that, as the owners, Marino Sandoval, 57, and Nicole Sandoval, 50, have both been charged with 20 counts of tax evasion, conspiracy and employing illegal immigrants

The couple has been arraigned in U.S. District Court and have since been set free on a $100,000 bond.

Posted on Monday, December 6th, 2010
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3rd Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour

The Orinda Chamber of Commerce has organized the 3rd Annual Orinda Restaurant Tour, which will take place this Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Appetizers will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Theater Square, which will be followed from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by a sampling of many of Orinda’s downtown restaurants. Dessert will be served in Theater Square from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

A San Francisco trolley will take attendees from restaurant to restaurant during the tour.

Tickets to the tour are $30 if purchased in advance or $35 if purchased the day of the event. Advance tickets can be purchased online through the Chamber’s website. The Educational Foundation of Orinda will receive a contribution for each ticket purchased to the event.

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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