Step Inside Corners Tavern, Walnut Creek’s Answer to the Gastropub Trend

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Downtown Walnut Creek is getting a handsome new restaurant, opening tomorrow, called Corners Tavern (1342 Broadway Plaza). It was designed by local guy Doug Washington (Paragon, Anchor & Hope), and it's the latest venture from the trio including Washingon, Mitchell Rosenthal, and Steven Rosenthal, who together own Town Hall, Salt House, and Anchor & Hope. They were shooting for a modern English pub feel, with wooden tables and warmly lit lounge areas with leather and velvet sofas. Check out a sample menu here (they note that unlike a real pub they're shooting for "better food that is more refined with big, bold flavors"), and see the slideshow for a look inside.

The place opens tomorrow, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, with lunch starting in late April. And in addition to a full bar, they've got a list of small-production wines focusing on California, Oregon, and Washington state, and a beer list including local craft brews as well as a selection of Belgian- and Trappist-inspired beers from Europe.

Also, as the Scoop notes, one funny design element are 33 small dioramas, in antique snake cages, designed by Washington and featuring some funny things like a red-light-district Barbie, and a doll on a toilet.

Corners Tavern - 1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek - 925-948-8711 - Open daily starting March 28 from 5:30 p.m., closing at 10 p.m. weeknights, 11 p.m. weekends, and 9:30 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations here.

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