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Two More New East Bay Restaurants You May Have Missed  

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It seems like we have seen more restaurants closing their doors recently, rather than new ones opening up, but the word is that there are quite a few restaurateurs getting ready to take on new challenges.

Soon, we hope, the days of dining restrictions due to the pandemic will become a distant memory, and we can start getting back to normal. Here then, are two particularly interesting eating or drinking places that you may well find worth a visit. Certainly, neither of them could be called “run of the mill”.

The Barnyard Epicurean, Danville

Just opened in the Danville Livery and Mercantile, the Barnyard Epicurean is a new wine bar with a warm and friendly rustic charm. Wine is offered by the glass and by the bottle and they have curated wine flights that are great for providing an introduction to new wines.

To quote owner, Lisa Dickson, “The Barnyard Wine Bar is that warm and welcoming third place; not quite home, not work but that place – new but familiar. Smells of wood, barrels and corks; sounds of clinking glasses & laughter. Velvet energy, good vibes & light, coupled with delicious wines, cheese, charcuterie, craft beer and happy music.  The Danville Livery & Mercantile is the perfect venue for us; colorful flowers, lacy trees, shingled roof tops and cozy twinkle lights. We are grateful and excited to engage with the community bringing people together and to enjoy life, wine, food and music.“

Website: barnyardwinebar.com

T’zunun Modern Mexican, Pleasant Hill

 T’zunun is the latest venture for the owners of the popular Wence’s restaurant in Pleasant Hill, but there the similarity ends. In an attractively remodeled space previously occupied by Mr Lucky’s, although in a relatively small space, T’zunun has a great ambiance and is virtually guaranteed to become a Pleasant Hill favorite.

The restaurant is managed by chef Gerardo Wence’s son, Jesus and in his own words, “From sip to savor, T’zunun is committed to providing a Modern Mexican culture based experience.”

A glance at the menu shows that this is far from a typical Mexican restaurant experience. Options include oysters, cactus salad, grilled octopus and lobster tacos, although you can also find more familiar items if you are not feeling too adventurous. There is also a full bar with a range of specialty cocktails.

Website: tzununrestaurant.com

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