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Dining in the Tri-Valley

Original post made on Sep 17, 2021

From family-run eateries to multiple-location restaurants, here's a snapshot of Tri-Valley dining and drink venues that thrived, transformed and opened in the area amid the health pandemic...

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, September 16, 2021, 8:16 PM


Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 17, 2021 at 6:21 am

Grumpy is a registered user.

Well, the loss of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards was a major blow to the Tri Valley dining scene. It’s very difficult to understand their reasoning for that, which was pre covid, except perhaps as a vague attempt to down market their offerings to make them appear more accessible.

But unfortunately, that leaves little reason to visit Wente if you do not golf and do not enjoy Livermore Valley wines. And, despite the wishes and occasionally bold attempts by local winemakers, the competition with Napa is too fierce and we must face that local wines tend to be for quicker drinking and local wineries’ tasting efforts are being reprogrammed towards the less serious. It’s as if the region’s wine leaders are giving up the battle with Napa and embracing the low to mid market in hopes of being merely better than jug wine and occupying the lower shelves at the local Costco—more at the level of a local bar than a a regional destination. Compare with the e celebrate work that leading Napa venues have done during the pandemic.

Then with Salt Craft exiting (and Sabio having wild swings over the years to the point where it became disappointing) we’re left with scant opportunities to make Pleasanton and its surroundings as a destination for people elsewhere in the Bay Area. It has become harder and harder to recommend people to come out this way. Outside of food, higher end offerings continue to retreat north to San Ramon (pretty much all of Williams Sonoma’s brands) or Walnut Creek (the nearest Nordstrom). Whole Foods did move into Dublin, but New Leaf exited entirely. Sauced has been a rare holdout, with pretty close to authentic barbecue styles and an admirable commitment to serving the region and beyond, including stepping up for Da Boccery. Hats off to them.

Our area is quickly turning into a top-experiences desert.

I’m really pleased that these places in the article survived. They should be applauded in the face of a once in a lifetime catastrophe. But let’s not lose sight of that there’s been a downward trend for years. I just wish I knew why or what anyone can do to reverse it.