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Things to do: Watch Diamond Dave perform

For those who participate in Lafayette’s “nightlife,” Diamond Dave is a legend. Every Wednesday through Saturday night, he performs at Petar’s Restaurant in Lafayette, starting at 9:00 p.m.

Diamond Dave Hosley can play more songs than a jukebox and is always open to playing requests. With his keyboard and microphone ready, he plays a variety of music ranging from the classics to contemporary rap music.

The atmosphere at Petar’s is always a lively one when he’s playing. Many people go to Petar’s just to see him play.

To get a preview of what Diamond Dave is about, visit his website: Petar’s is located at 32 Lafayette Circle. Visit for more information.

Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
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Metro Lafayette hires home-grown talent

Metro Lafayette recently hired Kirk Bruderer as their new executive chef. Bruderer, who grew up in Lafayette, has worked at some of the top restaurants in the area including French Laundry in Yountville and Oliveto in Oakland. He also spent time cooking in a high-class restaurant in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Bruderer comes in ready to work and not afraid to make changes. He has already started making changes to the menu, adding some of his specialties.

Metro Lafayette consistently receives positive reviews from critics and diners alike.

Metro Lafayette is located at 3524 Mt. Diablo Blvd. For more information or to make reservations, visit their website ( ) or call (925) 284-4422.

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2009
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Knoxx Restaurant and Bar closing

Knoxx Restaurant, located at 3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, is up for sale by owner Gary Singh. Knoxx took over the space previously occupied by Pasta Per Tutti a year and a half ago and has been a favorite restaurant of locals ever since.

“Personal issues” were the reason Singh is forced to sell his restaurant, according to the writers at The East Bay Daze blog (

Knoxx specializes in Italian “comfort” food and has a large selection of wines.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit this restaurant before, it is worth making a visit before it is sold.

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2009
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Taste of Lafayette to take place May 19

The “Taste of Lafayette” event, sponsored by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and the Lafayette Community Foundation, will take place Tuesday, May 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Lafayette Plaza.

After checking in for the event, there will be live music, wine, appetizers and a raffle in Lafayette Plaza.

Around 20 different restaurants along Lafayette’s “Restaurant Row” will be offering samples to those participating in the restaurant walk. There will also be a shuttle available.

After the restaurant walk, there will be dessert and coffee available in Lafayette Plaza.

To buy tickets for this event, visit, call 925-284-7404, or visit the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, located at 100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103.

Posted on Sunday, April 26th, 2009
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New restaurant opens in Lafayette

A new restaurant, Artisan Bistro, opened in Lafayette on March 10 in the location formerly occupied by Gigi’s, 1005 Brown Ave.

Although the restaurant leans toward a more modern feel, the owner of Artisan Bistro, John Marquez, has made it a point to honor the location’s history as well. Marquez started out by freshening up the building that has stood in Lafayette since 1922, by painting the walls and cleaning up the patio. The menu also features funnel cake, the most popular desert at Gigi’s.

For more information about Artisan Bistro, check out their website, which includes the menu and an option to make reservations:

Posted on Thursday, March 19th, 2009
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Gigi’s in Lafayette plans to close in February

One of Lafayette’s top places to eat a meal will close its doors February 14. Gigi’s, located at 1005 Brown Ave., is a small restaurant that has been a favorite among local diners.

Owner Jeffrey Amber sold the restaurant to a new owner, as Amber plans to open a new restaurant in a larger location. While he plans to keep his new location in the Bay Area, the new restaurant will likely be on the other side of the Caldecott Tunnel.

Gigi’s will offer a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu the last night before their doors close. If you haven’t been there before, it is worth making the effort to eat a meal there before it closes.

Posted on Monday, January 12th, 2009
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The coolest place to live?

In his column this week , Mike Zampa says a doomsday struggle for global supremacy continues between the cities of Lafayette and Walnut Creek. At stake: the title of coolest place to live.

“Why should we care?’ he asks. “Because our children are being drawn into the maelstrom.

“(We) first published details of the bitter feud between the neighboring towns three months ago. Actually, it created the feud. It called Walnut Creek smug, trendy and “just like the mall, only without Cinnabon.” It also said that Walnut Creek’s mother wears combat boots.

“Consistent with its smugness, Walnut Creek failed to take the bait. There has been not a word of rebuttal since the expose ran.

“This kind of aloofness is what we’d expect from an economic superpower (defined by The World Bank as “any place with piles of sales tax and its own Restoration Hardware”).

“But here’s something we didn’t anticipate from Walnut Creek – covert manipulation of our youth. Unnamed and nefarious operatives have gotten to Lafayette youngsters. They’ve convinced them that the best sandwich in creation is in Walnut Creek.”

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2007
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Zampa: Put a cork in it

In Friday’s upcoming Sun, columnist Mike Zampa finds he’s an outcast in his own hometown because he doesn’t drink wine.

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
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Stomping ground

In Friday’s Sun, columnist Harriet Ainesworth writes about the 52-member Lamorinda Winegrowers Association. headed by David Parker, president and thus far the only member to sell his wines commercially.
Moraga’s largest vineyard, at 4.5 acres with 3,500 vines, belongs to Susan and Selah Captain, who sell their grapes to Parkmon, a combination of the names David Parker and wife Shari Simon, who met when they both worked at Oracle, before they fled Silicon Valley for Moraga’s grape-thriving valleys. Now the Parkers have two daughters, Jessalyn, 7, and Ali, 5, who help with the “punching down” of the fruit.

You can find Parkmon wines at Amoroma Restaurant and Wine Shop (next to the Rheem Theater), Jackson’s Wines and Spirits in Lafayette and at posh Prima Restaurant in Walnut Creek.

Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
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Cafe Society

Orinda’s Cafe Teatro draws lots of young moms and kids in strollers. Seen this morning: A mother pushing her toddler daughter in a stroller. Mom seemed to be enticed inside by all the yummy baked goods and fancy coffee drinks while the child seemed perfectly content to munch on grapes from home and a box of raisins. Don’t’ know what was in her sippy cup.

The Squirrels cafe in Lafayette is a perfect people-watching spot, right on the corner of Mount Diablo Boulevard. Show up at the door with a walker or cane and multiple staff members rush to greet you.

Watch all the cars go by. Every other one seems to be a silver Honda or white Lexus.
Park on Mt. Diablo and pay at the automated meter box out front.

The only minor problem: Now that it is summer and the sun is bright, it’s hard to read the display to see how many minutes remain. Lots of people Friday had their noses right on the screen display and still couldn’t see what they owed.

As noted in the June 22 Sun, the Lafayette council has approved more meters at $1 an hour for downtown parkers. Bring ‘em on but make ’em bright..

Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2007
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