–Vesu on Locust Street is open. People were sitting on bar stools in the front window, sipping cocktails and other drinks on Friday night. Vesu bills itself as a casual, stylish restaurant serving globally inspired small plates. According to the March issue of Diablo, its chef is Robert Sapirman, who was formerly the top chef at Bradley Ogden’s Parcel 104 in Santa Clara and Michael Mina’s Arcadia in San Jose.
–Get ready for another burger joint coming to Walnut Creek. No, it’s not In-N-Out, but another burger restaurant, like The Counter, that likes to boast of its fresh, quality ingredients. This new burger place is The Habit Burger Grill, which is the first tenant to go into Centre Place, the retail and office complex under construction at South California and Olympic Boulevard.
Does anyone know The Habit? Any Santa Barbara/SoCal folks? The chain was started by two brothers in Santa Barbara more than 40 years ago. They caught the, um, wave of California beach culture, and became enamored of the taste and smell of charbroiled burgers. This burger restaurant distinguishes itself by serving charbroiled burgers and other beach-inspired fare: grilled albacore tuna sandwiches, which the restaurant’s website emphasizes are line-caught. For those keeping track, Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch rates line-caught albacore tuna as a “best choice.”
The Habit Burger Grill, which will also have outdoor dining, is seeking approval from Walnut Creek’s Design Review Commission this Wednesday to erect signs in front of its business.