The Nut Bowl in ‘NutCreek, where was it?

April 16, 2011 18:28 pm · 66 comments

This postcard of “The Nut Bowl” is currently for sale on eBay.

Who can tell us where “The Nut Bowl” was located? Come on, who remembers?

1 Babs April 16, 2011 at 6:32 PM

city council chambers? lol

2 Anonymee April 16, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Ooh, I know! I know!

It was over on Main Street near where the Black Angus is now. We would go there when the whole family went out to eat. The coloring placemats had squirrels on them, I think.

3 Susan April 16, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I’m guessing its where Emil Villas was…near Kaiser

4 Louisa April 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

My husband says it was off of Boulevard Way. Was this the place that let you take a little fishing pole and put it into a barrel and pull out a goodie bag?

5 j tickner April 16, 2011 at 6:43 PM

1532 N. Main Sttreet (just south of Lincoln)

Currently Caffe Delle Stelle Italian Restaurant.

6 Bill S April 16, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I think it was on the site where the Black Angus now sits. Wow, it was a real treat to go to the Nut Bowl when I was young. They sponsored my little league team too and fed us all when we won the championship!

7 Dave April 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM

It was near the corner of Main St. and Oak Park Blvd. They had incredible pies.

8 j April 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM
9 Cody April 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

For some reason I want to say it was in the Rossmore area from a book I once saw, but I am sure i am way off

10 Carol April 16, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Oak Park & North Main in Pleasant Hill.

11 Claytonian April 16, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Right where the Black Angus is today.

12 Cody April 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM
13 Dixie April 16, 2011 at 6:59 PM

It sat where Black Angus in PH is (there abouts)

14 j April 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Found this one too. On the right side it says the address of the Caffe Delle Stelle is 1532 Main. So corner of Main and Lincoln

15 Carol April 16, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Where the Black Angus is.

16 anon April 16, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I think it was on the corner of civic and main–where the brick bank is now, The bus station was there later

17 Greasemonkey April 16, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Before my time but good ol internet has the answer

18 Radar April 16, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Mayor, the The Nut Bowl Fountain was located at 1532 No. Main Street. Visit Flciker for a photo of an ash tray that advertises The Nut Bowl on it.

19 Miket April 16, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I remember it well, I was a bus boy and dish washer there when in Pleasant Hill High school! (which is no longer there either!)

20 anonamom April 16, 2011 at 7:22 PM

If I remember correctly, on S. Main, on the corner across Newell from Kaiser, was the old Walnut Creek Inn, and next door to it was a nice restaurant–the Nut Bowl Restaurant? Hmmm? There’s a big office building and parking lot there now.

21 Mickey April 16, 2011 at 7:31 PM

The Nut Bowl was on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Main Street in Walnut Creek . I know because my first job was working in a small beauty salon right next door. I cut hair all day long for $1. each head. That was in the early 60’s

22 Jen April 16, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Here’s some more about the area & Nut Bowl:

23 Dixie April 16, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Anon that was the Bus Station and the Creamery!

24 AnotherAnon April 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM

There were TWO. One was at the corner of Lincoln and Main St, the other was where the Black Angus stands. Both were owned by Vern Snedden, who went on to be a real estate agent for Century 21 Barney Gilbert, in Walnut Creek.

25 Dixie April 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Anon that had always been the bus station and Creamery

26 claytoncate April 16, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Is it possible there were 2 different Nut Bowls? One a Nut Bowl Fountain (Main St. & Lincoln) and another a family restaurant where the Black Angus is?

The one on this website is definitely the “Delle Stelle” location and the building doesn’t look anything like the one in the postcard at the top: (you have to scroll down to see the Nut Bowl/Cafe Delle Stelle building

My family moved to this area in the late 50’s, but I don’t remember either place.

27 AnotherAnon April 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM

And by the way, after the one at Lincoln and Main closed, it became The Melting Pot, a fondue place; good, but not as good as the original on Brown Avenue in Lafayette.

28 Marlette April 16, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I agree that it was near the current Black Angus site. My mom and I used to go there alot. I remember a waitress named Ellie. She was terrific!

29 claytoncate April 16, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Mystery solved…on the back of the postcard listed on eBay, it lists TWO locations, “The Oak Park Nut Bowl,” where the Black Angus is now (3185 N. Main) and “The Downtown Nut Bowl” where the Cafe Delle Stelle is now. The postcard shows the Oak Park site.

30 anonamom April 16, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Ah, but was it N. Main or S. Main—back then there was just Main St.??? If South main that would put it in the park in front of Las Lomas High.

31 Jazzguy April 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

The original address was 1532 N. Main, corner of Lincoln. The picture in the postcard is NOT the building (Sturm Building) at 1532 N Main. Here is the page for WC historical downtown pix- Picture taken 1947.
It apparently moved on North Main to the WC/Pleasant Hill border area adjacent to Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill Inn?

32 Noj April 16, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Being that I grew up on Oak Park Boulevard over fifty years ago, I can tell you it was on the corner of Oak Park Boulevard and North Main Street.

You see, in the old days (before 1949) Oak Park Boulevard was called Oak Road, the road that led from the Hook family farm (on Hookston Road at Buskirk) up to Locust Way (now Pleasant Hill Road; Locust Way was named for the road to which led to pioneer Elam Brown’s “Locust Farm” in Lafayette).

It was named Oak Road from the hundreds year old oak tree that stood at the foot of Oak Road, in front of the Nut Bowl at the corner of the old Pacheco Highway (North Main Street); later highway 21; later highway 680.

There used to be a stop sign at the end of Oak Park and North Main Street. The overpass was built long after highway 680 changed this corner forever.

The Mayor knows this area well. His family comes from this neighborhood.

33 anonamom April 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The Nut Bowl Fountain was at Main and Lincoln, in the building where Goldsmith’s is now located, I think. It isn’t the same as the Nut
Bowl Restaurant.

34 Juan Grande April 16, 2011 at 8:22 PM

The post card is for The Oak Park Nut Bowl which was just south of Sunnyvale Avenue near the border of P’Hill and Nut Creek, not to be confused with The Walnut Creek Nut Bowl which was downtown on Main Street.

35 Dan Boaz April 16, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Click on the eBay link and look at the image of the back of the postcard. There were two locations. The one posted here is at 3185 N Main St. Next to where there is soon to be an In-N-Out Burger? Maybe? I hope?

36 KFC April 16, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Notice that The Nut Bowl featured “Kentucky Fried Chicken” and “Kentucky Ribs”

37 Jazzguy April 16, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Upon further review: The Pleasant Hill location was in the former Farmer’s Feed and Supply store. The Nut Bowl moved their in the late 50’s. In 1975, the building was razed to make room for Black Angus.
(source: Images of America-Pleasant Hill, page85. Published by Arcadia Publishing)

38 Fast Eddie April 16, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I have no clue, I didn’t move to California until 77 and Concord in 78. I just like the old cars, the 55/56 Ford Country Sedan, the 58/59/60 T-Bird, the MGA, the 59(?) Pontiac convertible, the 57/58 Dodge Station Wagon and the 57 Chevy.

39 anon April 16, 2011 at 9:29 PM

My Aunt had a station wagon, same color, like the one on the far left and my other Aunt had a Thunderbird like the one pictured.

40 Feckin Irish Mouse April 16, 2011 at 9:33 PM

My mom used to go get pies there…..It was in the area where Black Angus is…..Wish it was still there as Black “Anus” ain’t all that and a sack of snacks.

41 anonymous April 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

This is from the Walnut Creek Historic Places site

On Main and Lincoln, today houses Cafe Delle Steele Restaurant.

42 Nut Creek April 16, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Noj it’s been a pretty crummy week around Claycord. Can you come back every so often because although today was a nice day out you just made everything brighter.

43 I'm The Urban Spaceman April 16, 2011 at 10:24 PM

I was told by my 87 yr old Mother, The original was at Main and Lincoln, and this one, is the one located down by Oak Park Bl.

44 Walnut Creaker April 16, 2011 at 10:29 PM

The Sneden’s, who owned the Nut Bowl Restaurants, were our next door neighbors when I was growing up in Walnut Creek many years ago. The downtown location (now Cafe Delle Stelle) was their original restaurant. The location pictured was their second restaurant -on the Pleasant Hill border where Black Anges (and soon an In-and-Out Burger?) is now.

45 pat April 16, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I remember it at Oak Park Blvd and Main St. There was a nursery there once that I used to love….early 50s.

46 Mac April 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Yep, right where Black Angus is now.
They had great pie`s.
I ate there a lot.
Use to be a small Vet building right across the street (next to 680)
I miss that old place

47 BSA April 17, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I think The Nut Bowl was wear Black Angus is now. I thought that was Pleasant Hill. I lived off Oak Park Blvd. which was concidered Pleasant Hill address.

48 anon April 17, 2011 at 1:55 AM

lol babs.

Love the photo and especially enjoyed seeing the cars.

49 Skyscraper April 17, 2011 at 4:41 AM

The current Black Angus restaurant is at 3195 N. Main Street in Pleasant Hill. The old Nut Bowl was at 3185 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek. This would put the location of the Nut Bowl as the site of the parking lot south of the existing Black Angus building. As I remember, there was a gas station on the southwest corner of Oak Park & N. Main where the Black Angus building is now. I believe the Nut Bowl was just south of that gas station. (I know, picky, picky…)

50 rickm April 17, 2011 at 6:37 AM

I used to work there as a fountain boy…made all the shakes and ice cream sundaes

51 Gene Salvetti April 17, 2011 at 8:07 AM

Wow what great pics..the Nut Bowl, then the Ash Tray from there…my parents had one of those ashtrays forever. We went there often, same for the good ol’ Hickory Pit. Thx for posting those.

52 Cuppa Coffee April 17, 2011 at 8:50 AM

@#27, Now you’ve really gone and started something. Anyone know a Claycord restaurant serving really good fondues?

53 MO April 17, 2011 at 8:52 AM

Oh boy…we ate at pies every time we went to WC to shop…before Park n Shop was worthy of a ”shopping trip”.

I remember all the good places that the ”freeway” took out. Things were so much better then…much simpler and oh so mellow.

When we came to choose our house in Concord’s finest subdivision, it was two lanes from there back to the big city of Berkeley. One bore in the tunnel…east and west bound lanes.

I loved going to Walnut Creek, cause I thought is was so pretty.

I just sold the old house at an amazing profit in March………..
I’ll never be back…but, I’ll miss visiting………and I have all the memories…55 years of them.


54 D.V. guy April 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM

N Main and Oak Park is correct really good pies. I remember fresh strawberry pies and their strawberry ruhbarb. All pies were homemade!!
They were right next to the “Eddie Mays” Pleasant Hill Inn, there was a steakhouse/prime rib place attached to the inn that was outstanding.
Later the place became Dino’s, that place was Really nice also!!
very “high tone”. One waiter per three tables with private phone lines at your table on request, I sat at a table next to Al Davis one day and all of a sudden he’s on the phone!! I was thinking WTF is going on around here??
There aren’t any places for any price with service or food like that around here anymore.

55 JustMe April 17, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Never heard of the Nut Bowl….. when did it close?

The Melting Pot sounds vaguely familiar, although I could be confusing it with my memory of the Magic Pan.

For some reason Lippert’s Ice Cream parlor also comes to mind when I think of places that closed in Walnut Creek.

56 anonamom April 17, 2011 at 10:09 AM

MO, and others; do you remember how there used to be a sort of wooden roof/lattice sort of thing extending out over that one bore on this East end, and it collapsed and closed the bore? Winter of 59-60, I think, heavy rains caused a mud slide. My friend and I had borrowed her dad’s car early one afternoon to go to the movies…we weren’t allowed out of Alameda…
As was our usual plot, instead of movies, we went for a drive… ;) As usual we had no idea where we were going, but this time we suddenly found ourselves going through a tunnel, and when we turned around at our first opportunity, which was Lafayette, which was, as I remember it just a small “strip” of businesses on one street, we headed back up to the tunnel, but were stopped and told we had to go back, couldn’t get through. We were stuck in a coffee shop in Lafayette (that stayed open for all the “tourists” ) until sometime very late during the night. Needless to say, we didn’t get to borrow the car again for a very long time!

57 Judy April 17, 2011 at 10:30 AM

There were two locations. Loved it. They did have the fishing pole to pick
out a gift. They had a tray (like a cupcake pan) with small bowls that held
everything you could want for your hamburger. I wish they were still there.
Wonderful place.

58 skyhigh April 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Wow,,,,does that picture bring back memories! Used to go there as a young kid for pie and hot chocolate after a movie at the El Rey…good times!

59 anon April 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM

I don’t believe the two locations were ever in business at the same time. I believe the downtown location closed after they moved out to N. Main and Oak Park. My grandmother LaVerne worked there for many years starting downtown and then moving with the business to the PH border.

60 JB April 17, 2011 at 7:45 PM

It was on the corner of N. Main and Parkside where the Walnut Creek Marriot is.

61 jtkatec @ Louisa 4 April 18, 2011 at 12:04 PM

OMG!! You totally gave me a blast from the past – The fishing line and the brown bags with goodies inside!!!!!!

Thanks for that wonderful childhood, long-buried memory!

62 Jo April 18, 2011 at 3:14 PM

My trusted friend assures me that it was located exactly where what we now know as, The Black Angus. The corner of N. Main & Oak Park Blvd. That was before my time though….

63 RanchgirlCA April 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

@Just Me – Thanks for reminding me of Lipperts. Oh how we loved to go there. The Melting Pot started my addiction to fondue. Anyone looking for good fondue try Fondue Freds on Telegraph in Berkeley.

64 steve weir April 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Ok, I’m doing some real guessing here, so it looks like (from left to right) a ’52 Ford, a ’59 T Bird, ’53 MG. ’60 Pontiac, another Pontiac, and a ’57 Chevy.

Gotta love those cars. Anyone with a better eye?

65 MO April 18, 2011 at 5:24 PM

ANONAMOM:…I’m not sure I remember that mud slide…I got married in ’59…back in the ”let’s elope days”, and ”show ‘em”…..those were the days my friend, we thought they’d never end………but….from 58 to 59.5 I rode the bus from Concord to Oakland to work. Somewhere in there I moved to Alameda (short span of time now)apt on Park Ave…..and rode the bus to Oakland. Then we got military housing at Hunter’s Point and I had a baby end of 60. That was called ”stylin”………..between high school graduation in 58 and the first baby in 60….I covered ”the water front”..roflol.
I went to DVC and had 2 jobs, and was makin’ babies…………I should never have typed all this…at my age, I could have a heart attack just thinkin’ bout it.
And I’m sure I ate at the ”named restaurant” here, many many times. I shopped in WC….at Goldman’s and the Lanz store…exclusively. Roflol…exclusive is right…took my entire pay check to keep those dresses on my back.

Finally I settled down on Granada Dr. in Concord…and lived there 7 years.
Then the soap opera began………..hubby in a fine job in WC at Dow Chemical, gets itchy feet and wants hands on in a lead mine somewhere in the Ozarks, where people hadn’t left their caves in years. Away we went…in ’70.

I dumped him (high school sweetheart–shows what you can find at Mt. Diablo)…and my 3 teens and I nearly faded into one of those caves before we got to come home to San Francisco where my heart was waiting. But…a handsome cowboy riding a big white horse rescued me, and I never looked back…(well maybe I did on a cold night in the barn waiting for a calf to be born)………….that handsome cowboy and I have been married 35 years and I couldn’t convince him to sell his farms and woods and relocate in CA… we are growing old in the woods, listening to country music …two steppin’ our way to heaven….Jesus is leader of the band.

And, boy could I write a book about being young in Contra Costa Co…but if I told ya, I’d have to kill ya. Oh me…………..

Can anyone relate?


66 Mom! April 18, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Thanks MO, that was a lovely read!

Noj, thank you too for the more than history.

xo Mom!

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