Just learned this week that Viking Home Chef at the prominent but increasingly empty corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Locust Street closed its doors.
And, after driving by Viking Home Chef, I saw that Z Gallerie was no more. But that's not surprising. Back in April, I reported how the Southern-based retailing company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And just a couple weeks ago, I saw signs in the window advertising 75 percent off items inside. Seventy-five percent off: Survival not likely.
And, just learned today that Little Star Café, in the Newell Promenade, has closed. It was just maybe a month or so ago that I heard the Little Star owners describing their sophisticated approach to kid- friendly dining on the Dining Around with Gene Burns show on KGO radio. The owners talked about how mom and dad could sip a glass of wine while the little ones could run back and forth from the table to a supervised play areas.
The Little Star website has this note: “It is with heavy heart that we announce effective June 9, we will close our doors indefinitely. Like so many of us, we were hit hard by the falling economy and the owners’ compounding health issues which made it too difficult to run a family business. Thank you all for your support and kindness.”
A reader noted that the closure of Little Star is another blow to the Newell Promenade strip. Other vacant spots once housed Taxi's hamburgers and the Walnut Creek Coffee Company.