A quiet afternoon downtown in front of the Bankhead Theater.
4685 First St
Livermore, CA 94551
Panera Bread is stop #16 for The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge. It’s also one of the newest restaurant additions to our wonderful town of Livermore.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Chipotle, which shares the same building. I had heard that both were part of the same company, but after further research they are not. They do however seem to have a close relationship. They share ingredients, like chicken for example, and seem to often open restaurants next door to each other. Working together like this sounds like an efficient way to do business.
The layout of the restaurant is kind of funny. The dining area follows a “U” shape. The top right of the “U” is the entrance and ordering counter, the seating area follows down the shape of the “U” and the top left ends at the rest rooms. When you’re looking for a seat, you almost feel like you’re navigating a maze. It has a comfortable atmosphere, almost like you’re in the lobby of a fancy hotel with it’s leather chairs and fancy wall fireplace. There is also a separate dining room in the back that’s used for private parties or lunch meetings.
The grass is always greener browner on the other side. Taken on N. Livermore Ave a mile or two north of 580.
Rice Paper Bistro
1548 N Vasco Rd
Livermore, CA 94551
As I continue The Great Livermore Restaurant Challenge where I find and try every restaurant in Livermore, I find that new places just seem to keep popping up all over town.
Rice Paper Bistro just opened up a couple of months ago and I just had to stop by to check it out. It’s a Vietnamese/Asian fusion restaurant located in the same building as Dickey’s BBQ Pit and Starbucks.
The first thing that you’ll notice when you enter is the fresh interior. Everything is new and they didn’t skimp on cheap furniture, that’s for sure. The tables are dark and robust and the benches are huge. With a splash of red paint on the walls the style is warm, inviting, but also has a modern touch to it.
The second thing you’ll notice is the three big LCD TV’s hanging behind the counter. Unfortunately they don’t use them to show A’s or Giant’s games. They do use them as their menu though. The high-tech touch reminds us that we’re in the 21st century.
“Window from an abandoned building at Sycamore Grove. It makes me think Juliet has been waiting for Romeo for a very long time. I call it, Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?” ~Benita Marquez