A few months ago, Tavistock Restaurants closed Blackhawk Grille permanently. Recently, the former GM of Blackhawk Grille, Richard Villarreal, couldn’t see his favorite spot close down, so he bought it.
Stay tuned to our live interview with Richard and his staff, giving us all the details and future plans for The Grille!
I’m so happy and excited to takeover a Danville favorite. We have decided to give it a new name- The Grille at Blackhawk. We plan to open back up on October 1, 2020. This is owned, operated, and staffed 100% by local residents! We have exciting plans for The Grille and it’s going to be better than before!
-Richard, Owner of The Grille at Blackhawk
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On Friday, July 3 Ari Gershman was shot and killed by a random gunman while off-roading in his brand new 4 wheel drive Jeep with his son, Jack near Downieville, Ca. After surviving over 30 hours alone in the Tahoe National Forest, Jack was found safe. Ari’s wife Paige is in the fight of her life right now undergoing Chemo treatments for Cancer. This family really needs our love and support. Paige is now the single mother to Evan, 16 a rising Junior at SRV, Jack, 15, a rising sophomore at SRV, and Maci, 10, going into 5th grade at Sycamore. Most recently Paige was a speech and language therapist for the Special Ed Preschool Classes at Greenbrook. Ari was an avid bicyclist, a vegetarian, an outdoorsman, an Internal Medicine Doctor, a devoted and loving father, and a fantastic friend that was willing to drop anything for his friends and family.
This GoFundMe will help Paige pay for Funeral Costs, Chemo treatments, and doctors’ appointments, family counseling, daily expenses. The financial burden is overwhelming. Please donate what you can. Forward this GoFundMe to everyone you know.
COVID-19 has affected numerous businesses around the county, but let’s not forget about the Oakland Zoo and the animals that need us more than ever. Consider donating any amount to the Oakland Zoo Animal Care Fund.
The Oakland Zoo released this statement:
Oakland Zoo relies primarily on admissions-related revenue to ensure the animals that make your trips to the Zoo so special receive their meals and medical care. While our gates are closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo is losing the majority of its daily revenue. Despite this, all 750+ animals large and small, are being cared for by our dedicated and renowned animal care and veterinary teams.
The Zoo has served as a community anchor in Oakland for 98 years. There has never been a time when your donations have been more critical. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the Zoo when we can reopen. Thank you for supporting your community zoo in this time of need.
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) will delay the opening of businesses and activities previously planned for July 1 until the COVID-19 outbreak in Contra Costa is better contained.
The county is closely monitoring recent data showing COVID-19 activity increasing in the community, as it is statewide and throughout the country.
On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that Contra Costa County, along with several other counties in the state, not reopen bars. The county’s timeline had previously cleared bars, personal services not involving close contact with the face, indoor dining, gyms and fitness centers, limited indoor leisure activities and museums, and hotels for tourism and individual travel to reopen July 1.
With the sharp rise in community spread and hospitalizations, it does not make sense at this time to open additional business sectors that could further accelerate community transmission. These businesses and activities will remain closed in Contra Costa until county data indicate that the spread of the virus has slowed, as measured by at least a week of stable case numbers, hospitalizations and percent of tests that are positive. Trends will be monitored and evaluated daily.
The seven-day average number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals in the county has increased by 75% from June 15 to June 29.
The seven-day average number of newly identified COVID-19 cases has increased from 38 a day to 87 a day. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that came back positive has also increased from 4% to 6%. This suggests the change is not simply due to more testing, but a true increase in community spread.
“The State of California has now indicated that it will not issue theme park reopening guidelines until sometime after July 4.” Disney said in a statement.
“Given the time required for us to bring thousands of cast members back to work and restart our business, we have no choice but to delay the reopening of our theme parks and resort hotels until we receive approval from government officials.” “Once we have a clearer understanding of when guidelines will be released, we expect to be able to communicate a reopening date,” the company added.
However, the Downtown Disney District will still reopen on July 9, 2020, the company said.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: CITY CENTER BISHOP RANCH INVITES COMMUNITY TO ‘reDISCOVER’ THE SIMPLE JOYS OF LIFE OUTDOORS
– Heller Jewelers and LoveSac Now Open at the Lifestyle Center, Ramen Hiroshi Opening Soon
– Center Implementing Several Safety Health Measures to Welcome Back Visitors
San Ramon, Calif. – (June 11, 2020) – City Center Bishop Ranch announced today that it is welcoming visitors back to the popular retail, dining, and entertainment destination, in full compliance with the Contra Costa County Health ordinance that permits in-store shopping and dining with modifications.
“We’re proud and excited to invite guests to rediscover City Center Bishop Ranch,” said Alex Mehran, Jr., president, and CEO of Sunset Development Company, owner and developer of City Center Bishop Ranch. “The steps we’ve taken will provide a safe place for everyone to enjoy local dining, shopping, and spending time with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor environment.”
Mehran noted that guests can “rest assured we are taking precautions to keep guests safe and healthy during their visit to City Center Bishop Ranch. The center’s long-awaited reopening celebrates San Ramon’s strong community spirit.”
Guests’ dining and shopping choices will be expanded as City Center Bishop Ranch recently welcomed new merchants. They include Heller Jewelers, a local, family-owned Official Rolex Jeweler with a strong focus on exemplary customer service; Lovesac, maker of the popular patented modular furniture system called “Sactionals;” and soon to come, Ramen Hiroshi, a beloved local restaurant dishing up classic ramen bowls.
“We’re so glad to be in our new home at City Center Bishop Ranch,” said Scott Heller, owner, and president, Heller Jewelers. “We offer San Ramon residents and beyond our friendly, expert service and one-of-a-kind custom-designed pieces.”
City Center Bishop Ranch has implemented numerous revisions to its operations designed to ensure guests’ safety, in keeping with guidelines encouraged by the state, the World Health Organization, and the Centers for Disease Control. Among them:
– Outdoor dining patios have been expanded to accommodate social-distancing guidelines.
– Tables and chairs at sit-down restaurants have been reconfigured to ensure appropriate spacing among diners.
– Voluntary health screen and temperature-check station located in Alexander Square.
– Sanitation stations equipped with hand sanitizers have been installed at 4locations throughout Alexander Square.
– Signage outlining precautions will be visible to all center guests.
By rediscovering City Center Bishop Ranch, shoppers and diners will also play an important role in raising funds and food for the local Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano counties.