BevMo Looking to Tear Down, Build New Store on the Old Peppermill Land

March 19, 2014 10:00 am · 67 comments



BevMo is looking to tear down the vacant building and build a store on the land once occupied by the Peppermill restaurant (and Tachi Sushi) on Concord Ave. & Meridian Park in the City of Concord.

Plans call for two structures to be built in that location. One of the new buildings is apparently going to be some type of hamburger restaurant.

We’ll keep you updated on any progress at that location.

:( March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Miss Peppermill. Spent the first part of my 21st birthday night sitting in that lounge area. Best Long Island ice teas around.

Sofa King March 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

I hope it works out. The parking at the current BevMo on North Main is kind of a PITA.

Broke in Colony Park March 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

I miss Paradise 33. Yummy garlic noodles, char beer and hot bartenders after 9 holes at Buchanan. Aaahhhh.

JET March 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

I sure do miss the Peppermill, walking in there as a kid it felt like I just stepped into a Reno casino! And that old fire pit in the lounge, so cool!

D March 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Good news for the city and tax revenue.. bad news for parking in that shopping center

PH Dad March 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Excellent. I’ll be able to grab a bottle of Stoli on my way to the airport.

Nice! March 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

No complaints here! Would love to see that ugly building torn down. Perfect location too since it is a nice commercial area with other big box stores nearby-Sam’s, sport authority, Home Depot , target- can get all your shopping done in a small radius.

Not good news for Trader Joe's March 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Wine and liquor sales likely will fall.

The Southern Cross March 19, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Burger restaurant? Please o’ please let it be a Habit Burger!

PhatAmerica March 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Hamburger restaurant lol… Just what we need

@ Broke in Colony Park March 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM

I have those same memories. Being a kid and walking in there was what I imagined Reno or Tahoe was like. Always felt so cool when I got to go to Peppermill. Miss it.

Teacher Wannabe March 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Olive Tree!

Anon March 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I used to work at the Peppermill and we would close up on Friday and Saturday nights and then party, I mean play, in the parking lot until the opening crew showed up. Throwing Frisbees and just having a fun time. No way in hell I’d let my kids do that now lol.

Blink March 19, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Way too many vacant decaying buildings especially downtown area
Hope they get rehabbed in redevelopment in next couple years

Anon March 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Love BevMo- glad to see them moving in.

James H March 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Concord could really use a Sonic, and that’d be a great place for one.

Just me March 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Don’t need anorher place to buy alcohol. We have enough angry stupid people driving around drunk.

Clayanon March 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM

@Sofa King. FYI, if you want easy parking, there is another BevMo located at 2220 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek (925) 979-9170. Lots of parking, plus there is a USPS post office and a Nob Hill and two banks (among other stores and restaurants) also in the same strip mall. I really like that mall.

average joe March 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Here’s to BEVMO!! Cheers!!!

Pleasant Jenny March 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Trader Joe’s, Petco, Beverages and yes HABIT Burger would be my dream shopping center.

Nymous March 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Any new business moving to any vacant building in Concord is always good. I just hope the burger place is not another Burger King.

JET March 19, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Remember the Peppermill had this ‘rainbow’ colored sugar? So cool!

jtkatec @ Teacher March 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Wow, you were the 12th post. We’re getting slow.

VikingPrincess March 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I thought it was orange?

BagsFlyFree March 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

While this isn’t as good as a replacement restaurant, say a Yardhouse… Its better than rotating restaurants that completely zapped the lounge vibe of that building when it was the Peppermill. This should help that center retain stable tenents on that side of the property.

BFF Out!

Anon March 19, 2014 at 1:12 PM

@ Jet and Viking Princess

It was orange originally and then they got super creative and made it rainbow colored lol.

Cowellian March 19, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Ah yes, I remember Peppermill. I was convinced that the waitresses wore such short skirts to distract customers from the slow service.

I wish we could get a BevMo in my neighborhood.

Mr. Pink March 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Back in the days when we first became legal, we would consume mass quantities of Peppermill Long Island Ice Tea in the fire pit lounge.

Silva March 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

In Emeryville the TJ’s and BevMo are in the same center and neither is hurting for business.

@Teacher Wannabe, did you mean to say Olive Garden?

Hmmmm March 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Another Bev Mo’, huh. Would be nicer to have a YUMMY restaurant in this spot, like Vic Stewarts or Cattlemen’s.

I’d been to Peppermill a few times. Miss the goofy Las Vegas feel of it. They had a really good fruit salad that I loved there. Use to come in a hollowed out pineapple.

Got Milk? March 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM

BevMo is a ridiculous store. Once I needed milk and thought I’d quick run into BevMo and get some, milk being one of the most famous beverages. Like maybe the number two beverage after water. They don’t carry milk. Not even for the myriad alcoholic concoctions that require milk. Beverages and more my foot.

mutts March 19, 2014 at 2:40 PM

No BevMo, big ugly buildings. Let’s beg Bob’s BogBoy to return. I’d love. Sonic burger in Concord.

ex-californian March 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

When did the Peppermill restaurant close?

Mister Wister March 19, 2014 at 3:32 PM

It’s clear that you’re the “ridiculous” one here!

Shelly March 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Yeah, BevMo sucks!

Suzanne March 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

A Cattlemens restaurant would be nice, the closest one that I know of is in Dixon–excellent steak.

Miss Ranchogirl March 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Anything is good!
I do miss Peppermill. It was such a fun place. They didn’t serve regular sugar but had rainbow colors instead, made the coffee all funky looking.

Dorothy March 19, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Old Peppermill was the first restaurant I’ve been to that served artichoke nearly as a meal in itself. Sorry that corner hasn’t done as well as it could have over the years but BevMo? Sigh…

funny man March 19, 2014 at 4:22 PM

i second the sonic! eh.. on the bevmo.. we have enuf drunk drivers in concord as it is.

just me March 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

@ex-Californian The Peppermill closed their restaurant business at least 10 years ago.

As for a burger place could be many choices that are all in expansion mode: The Habit, The Counter, Burgermeister, Five Guys….gourmet burgers are one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry..hello $14 burger!

Vindex March 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Terrible idea. I loathe that store and they drive down house values. It will bring more homeless

Craig Cannon March 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Burgers and Booze-Cheers! I Actually Met The Owner of Bev-Mo at The Walnut Creek Store. He’s an European Gentleman, Good Guy who has Pumped Much Revenue into Contra Costa’s Economy, by Starting his Business Right Here, I Think. We Should Stand Behind Local Business, and Their Owners who Trust Our County to Begin a Business, or in His Case, An Empire! Habit Burger Wouldn’t Surprize This Burger Inhaler! They are going Nuts Expanding The West! Go Luck Bev-Mo! It’s a Tough (Booze) Business to Run-Surprizingly. Bev Mo is 1st. Class.

BagsFlyFree March 19, 2014 at 5:46 PM

We need more LA based chains to make their way up north and settle in Concord before the WC gets their mitts on them.. The Willows has done a good job attracting these businesses (Lazydog, Benihana), other properties here, not so much. Maybe the Marie Calendars locations can buck this trend, because a bunch of BevMo’s isn’t really more than an equivalent Costco trip for a bottle of mojito mix and gourmet beef jerky.

DanMtz March 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM

Cool. My quarterly treks will be much shorter.

Teacher Wannabe March 19, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Lol I think I’ve been working too much overtime. I like the sonic idea. None close by.

Mister Wister March 19, 2014 at 8:58 PM

You have no idea what you’re talking about!

JustMe March 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

I’m all for this… BevMo and a Burger restaurant, seem like a good fit for that center.

Would love to see a Maggiano’s Little Italy open up in the area. Would be great for the old Marie Calendar’s space.

girl w/ dogs March 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Good, that’ll save me from driving around in Nut Creek.

Local_Musician March 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM

There’s a Cattleman’s in Pleasanton near the outlets.

Mom of the Horde March 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I third the suggestion of a Sonic, but think that the corner of Burnett and Diamond where that old car dealership was might be a better location.

Drinking Joe March 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Yes please! After work, Go to Bev mo to pick up some wine n Beer then go home and get drunk before Bed @ Home :).

Suzanne March 19, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Thank you, Local_Musician–I didn’t realize there was one so close by :-).

Timtim March 19, 2014 at 11:38 PM

Nice, concord is the corporate headquarters we should have a great retail store

Dr. Jellyfinger® March 20, 2014 at 2:13 AM

Well……. I was in that place just a few nights before they closed down & I think I left my Koopa Troopa Kimono in there. I’ve called & left notes…. I even considered busting in until a security patrol dude chased me away. Could maybe one of you BevMo guys let me know if you find it? I’ll pay a reward, I can be very generous, in fact there’s a $5 Starbucks gift card just burning a hole in my pants pocket right now.

Antler March 20, 2014 at 4:09 AM

Anyone know what the height restrictions are that close to the airport?

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

BevMo is fine and a high end gourmet burger place would be great. A new gourmet burger place just opened in Lafayette but I can’t remember the name of it at the moment. Concord needs to think more on the semi-high end vs low end fast food. We have way too much low end fast food and are adding to it with the new Popeye’s that is going in.

CCC_N8ive March 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Antler @ 4:09

There are no height restrictions at the end of the airport runway.

Just ask the Seeno’s. They’ll tell ya!

Mr. Pink March 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

There’s a BevMo on Oak Grove and Citrus and another one at Treat and N. Main. Let’s have something more unique.

Antler March 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

CCC_N8ive at #57……

Oh, dear! That’s what I was afraid of!!! 😉

But please, if any of you can find the height restrictin code reference for me, I would appreciate it. My search fell through.

ClayDen March 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Islands would be great! The closest one is in Cupertino, though we usually go to the one in Monterey. Great burgers.

BTW, I believe the BevMo corporate HQ is just down the street from this proposed location.

manager of shopping center March 20, 2014 at 11:57 AM

It’s going to be a Habit Burger

Justice needs to be served.... March 20, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What they really need there is an Olive Garden. The one in Antioch is to getto. Bring one to Concord. The parking lot over there will be PACKED nightly. BevMo, not such a good idea. I work across the street and I want a great place for lunch to grab a quick delicious bite, not a drink.

Cowellian March 20, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I’ve never been to a Habit Burger, but my son loves the one near him.

My favorite burger place was undoubtedly the Burger Road on Contra Costa Boulevard. They had great burgers, and they offered onion rings, which a lot of places don’t. They also had a nice selections of beers. And back when our kids were young, a stack of quarters could keep them amused long enough for my wife and me to have a conversation without interruption.

Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 20, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Antler – why the concern over height. The freakin Crown Plaza (aka Sheraton) is next to the airport and it is 2 stories. All of the office bldgs int he area are also at least 2 stories. I really doubt BevMo will be a multi-story building that will create and air traffic hazard….

No Way Jose March 21, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Sonic sux btw. Worst fastfood burger out there.

I worked as a cook at the Treadmill (what we called it) for years. Started 3 days after the Salmonella outbreak and closed down for a month after that.

Many memories of this place….like getting off of work and playing touch football in the parking lot and drinkin till dawn.

Big Concord cop hangout because of the waitresses.

Antler March 21, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Cuzzzzzzzz at #64…… 2 stories seems logical. Now ….. I still would like to know what the City code stipulates or what FAA restrictions state, and I still haven’t found that. Anyone?

RanchgirlCA March 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

LOL, I can’t believe it took 62 posts before someone said Olive Garden!!

Will love having a BevMo there. I find the best prices on quite a lot at Trader Joes, but love to go to BevMo for the great selection. Looking forward to this.

As for a burger place, I’m glad to hear it will be The Habit. Their burgers are great and not overpiced, in my opinion.

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