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Sprouts & Shutters: Flame Broiler, Yakitori Hiroshi, Expressions Dance and More

Here's the latest roundup of retail, restaurant and other business news and happenings 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.

The Flame Broiler, a “healthy” California-based fast-food chain, plans to open by early November in the Danville Livery. The new Korean-style eatery specializes in meat and veggie bowls prepared with no dairy, frying, skin or trans-fat. View the Flame Broiler’s menu at flamebroilerusa.com. Flame Broiler replaces the recently closed Danville Grill.

Opening Update: Tal’s Patisserie, previewed in a July Sprouts, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"sprouts-shutters-tal-s-patisserie-fair-trade-designs-lush-cosmetics-and-more"} -->, is now open in the Danville Livery.

Green Valley Chinese Restaurant on Crow Canyon Place recently closed — at least temporarily. Brown paper now covers the windows and a peek inside shows a complete gutting of the interior. It’s not clear yet whether the owners are renovating the restaurant or if a new one take its place. Stay tuned.

Haven’t yet sampled San Ramon’s Schubros Brewery beer? The elusive new brewery’s latest beer, Festbier, will soon appear in East Bay grocery, liquor and convenience stores, including Draegers in Danville. But you’ll want to hurry: The brewery is releasing just 120 cases and 100 kegs of its new Oktoberfest brew. For a list of stores and restaurants selling Schubros beer, go to schubrosbrewery.com/your-brews--where-to-buy.html.

Yakitori Hiroshi is expected to open this fall in Dublin’s Ulferts Center, replacing Singapore Old Town Café that closed earlier this year. A spokesperson at Ulferts says the new Japanese eatery will specialize in Japanese-style barbecue. (Yakitori refers to grilled chicken skewers popular in Japan.)

Expressions Dance & Arts celebrated its grand opening Sept. 8 next to The Hop Yard in Pleasanton’s Hopyard Village Plaza. The new dance studio for children and adults offers ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz and zumba plus art lessons and “mommy & me” classes. Expressions Dance also limits each class to 12 students to focus on individual instruction. For details and a class schedule, visit expressions-dance-arts.com.

will host an event to benefit Special Olympics this Saturday. on Pleasanton Patch.

A couple Pleasanton closures to report, too: Pleasanton’s on Bernal, closed in August. And plans to close Sept. 30. (For more about that closure, read Patch's

Pleasanton Mom September 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I always notice that some really fabulous sounding restaurants and such are opening prettying everywhere but Pleasanton. I do have to wonder if our town is just unfriendly to these sorts of places or if entrepreneurs aren't wanting to open in Pleasanton because the market isn't as good. I do have a bit of cool restaurant envy with surrounding towns and hope at some point Pleasanton can draw the types of businesses these other communities are.
Joy ^^ September 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I recently had the pleasure of experiencing the city of Benicia and asked for a recommendation for lunch. Well, I fell in LOVE with Benicia's First Street Cafe! It was packed and for good reason - the service is outstanding and the food is fresh, beautifully served and delicious! I wish Pleasanton could entice such an outstanding restaurant.
Joy ^^ September 17, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Another epicurean delight is The Fig Cafe in Glen Ellen - just like it says - GREAT FOOD & WINE! FRIENDLY FACES! NEIGHBORHOOD CAFE; COMPLIMENTARY WINE CORKAGE! EAT IN OR TAKE OUT! and my favorite - NO RESERVATIONS - JUST COME! I eat there any and every chance i get - it's well worth the drive. http://www.thefigcafe.com/#!home/mainPage.
M Man September 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Green valley Chinese has closed; my husband knows the owner and confirmed with her.
Sue September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Just noticed that Domus on Main is closing AGAIN. what's the reasoning this time?
Joy ^^ September 18, 2012 at 06:42 PM
OH NO!!! Not Domus. I can handle having to travel for my favorite food experiences, but no Domus - well, there goes the neighborhood :-((((
Joy ^^ September 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Their telephone message says the original owner of Domus is retiring and EVERYTHING GOES ON SALE beginning Thursday, 9-20, doors opening at 10am sharp. Register to win fantastic prizes, tvs, stereos, etc. Bye-bye Domus, YOU will be so missed. :'(
Julie Dowling September 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The owner is retiring. I'll include an update in the next Sprouts.

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