There were Internet rumors last week that BOILERHOUSE in Richmond was closing and had new owners, but when contacted, the restaurant said that ownership would stay the same and they’d be closing on December 7th for a month and a half of remodeling.
Well, that’s certainly not the case. The Contra Costa Times (via Inside Scoop) reports that Richard Mazzera, of César, has purchased the spot and will be reopening it as ASSEMBLE. They’ll be remodeling and creating a catering space so groups and private parties can take full advantage of the seriously special view. Mazzera says they’re hoping to reopen in mid-January and that they’re still interviewing kitchen staff. 1414 Harbour Way at Cutting, Richmond.
A little farther east, in Port Costa (which is totally worth a visit, if you’ve never checked it out), is the new BULL VALLEY ROADHOUSE, from David William and Justine Kelly. Erik Adkins of the Slanted Door did the cocktails, which are focused on American classics. The menu has lots of comfortable pub fare and changes seasonally. They’re also associated with the Burlington Hotel next door, so make a weekend of it and really let yourself enjoy those drinks. 14 Canyon Lake Dr. at Erskine, Port Costa, 510-787-1135.
The bar at Bull Valley Roadhouse. Photo by Darcey Swanson via Facebook.