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Sprouts & Shutters: Macaroni Grill Closes, Pet Food Express Opens 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.

Kids & Teens World plans to open in Danville’s Rose Garden shopping center in mid May near Esin Restaurant and Maria Maria. The business, which sells children’s furniture and outdoor play structures, will keep its in the Gateway Shopping Center on San Ramon Valley Boulevard until the lease expires in December.

Opening Update: Danville’s new Pet Food Express, previewed in a , opened April 24 on Crow Canyon Road near the Blackhawk Plaza. Danville has another Pet Food Express near downtown Danville on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.

Stephen’s Pasta Café closed its eatery in the San Ramon Market Place shopping center in March. The space has not yet been leased.

You’ll find plenty happening next door to the old Stephen’s: A remodeling crew has been busy getting the new Firehouse No. 37 ready for a town full of beer and burger lovers. Read all about Firehouse No. 37, set to open this June, in Patch’s earlier story .

Alexandra’s European Skin Care opened recently on Donlon Way in Dublin after closing its Alamo location. The spa offers a variety of treatments that target skin conditions ranging from dark spots to acne. Learn more at alexandraskinspa.com.

closed its restaurant in Dublin's Hacienda Crossings shopping center. Staff at Waterloo Restaurant Ventures, which owned that Macaroni Grill franchise, said the restaurant closed April 29 but did not give a reason. What’s moving in? The company that owns the property is working on replacing Macaroni Grill with another national Italian restaurant. Any guesses on which one? Olive Garden maybe?

A new bakery called La Boulangerie is set to open this summer in Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center in Gloria Jean’s old space. The café will serve croissants, cookies and other baked plus sandwiches, soups and salads. You can view a sample menu here.

on Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton recently closed. (Thanks to the Patch reader for the news tip.)

Stylishious Salon is set to open at the end of May on Independence Drive in a Livermore business park that was recently rezoned to become commercial. The large two-story salon will offer hair cuts and treatments, makeup application and airbrush spray tanning. Learn more at stylishioussalon.com.

Livermore’s wine country pampers moms with plenty of wine-themed events this Mother’s Day weekend. Charles R Vineyards gives moms red roses, Les Chenes Estates pours wines in its rose garden, McGrail Winery and Retzlaff Vineyards invite families to enjoy picnics on their picturesque properties and Garre Vineyard and Elliston Vineyards both feature a special Mother’s Day brunch. Learn more at lvwine.org.

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

  • opening and in Danville
  • moving in San Ramon
  • and openings in Dublin
  • opens and closing in Pleasanton 
  • opening and changes 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.

Andy Smith May 07, 2012 at 01:17 PM
That would be cool if an Olive Garden goes in where Macaroni Grill was.
Anonymous May 07, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Hi Julie. Do you know whathappened to the AM/PM on Alcosta and Montevideo?
Julie Dowling May 07, 2012 at 04:31 PM
San Ramon Patch's editor has been trying to find out more about that and hasn't had any luck so far.
Anne Cavazos May 07, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Can't wait for Firehouse No 37! :D
Sue May 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Mission Plaza cafe has been closed for quite a while not just recently. A new little cafe (also one in Oakland) is going in.
Julie Dowling May 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Sue, do you know the name of the new cafe moving in?

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