The Water Cooler: The Old Marie Callender’s Building on Diamond Blvd.

August 19, 2014 12:00 pm · 117 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

If you could choose a business to move into the old Marie Callender’s building on Diamond Blvd. in Concord, what would it be?

Talk about it….

funny man August 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

olive gardens INCOMING!

the Shi ite August 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Jason’s Deli

LostBoysMom August 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Wait for it……….Olive Garden!

EarthGirl August 19, 2014 at 12:05 PM

1. Re-open Marie Calendars
2. Elmer’s
3. Fenton’s
4. Baker’s Square (really miss their pies)

Coggins Square August 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

There is no doubt in my mind what most people will say. Olive Garden obviously.

EdiBirsan August 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Olive Garden

SAVE AMERICA August 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM

MARIE CALLENDERS should go right back. Miss those pies and Frisco burgers and salad bar.

Joanne August 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

How about a Ruby Tuesday…I see their commercials, but there isn’t one around.

The Olive Garden August 19, 2014 at 12:11 PM

will get numerous comments. Frankly, not a bad idea.

anon August 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

…….maybe a nice “Diamond Lil’s Gentleman’s Club” to keep the local spirits up of course.

Sunnymoon August 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Corn snake sanctuary.

concordkiwi August 19, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Yard House

YYZ August 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Coyote Ugly!!!!!!!

Wild Wings August 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I do business with the owner of the building and it’s supposedly going to be a Buffalo Wild Wings.

Captain Obvious August 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM

An Olive Garden or another sporting goods store!

Broke in Colony Park August 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Counter burger or a Brazilian steakhouse

oldman August 19, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Marie Callenders

Danny August 19, 2014 at 12:26 PM

A new old spaghetti factory without the nasty management they have at the hell hole in Concord…. or bring back Marie Callenders. again.

Concordejet August 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Olive Garden

The Mamba August 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM

A strip club

The Mamba August 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Just kidding! Olive Garden, of course!

Cowellian August 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Claycord needs a Cracker Barrel, and that would be a great location for one.

$$$$$ August 19, 2014 at 12:36 PM

How about a casino?

Curious PH Voter August 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Dorothy Englund’s Hilton hotel.

Pat August 19, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.

The Realist August 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

A Sonic drive in burger joint would be patronized by me at least twice a month…
Realistically, the city council will approve another 99 cent/dollar discount-type store to go in there.
Lord help us all.

Anon August 19, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Time Out Sports Bar

Cuzzzzzzzzzzz.............. August 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Texas Roadhouse would be nice. But then again it’s Concord so it more than likely will become yet another Taqueria

Justin August 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Bring back El Torito.

Mr. John August 19, 2014 at 12:55 PM

No restaurant will do good business there. I’d turn it into a ‘destination shopping place’ – someplace that doesn’t rely upon drive by shopping and walk ins, but is a place where people go because they need something they can’t get at other stores. Golf shop, etc…

BagsFlyFree August 19, 2014 at 12:56 PM

While BWW is okay, I have a feeling it won’t have very good staying power once the wing craze fades. Yardhouse is much more good beer/food oriented, and also upper-mid scale dining which this area needs more of.. Build the Yardhouse where the Peppermill was, and BWW for the old Marie Calendars. Win win..

BFF Out!

ClayDen August 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Marie Callenders, and I don’t even care if they put the restaurant part of it back.

just out of the way for a.... August 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM

HOOTERS…. food and fun bags!!!

Schmee August 19, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Olive Garden would do a killing

I'm The Urban Spaceman August 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Slap a dome on it and convert to a movie theatre.

kax August 19, 2014 at 1:08 PM

hobby lobby/ starbucks

B August 19, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Mongolian BBQ, we need one in this area (the horrible mall version dosent count)

Marissa August 19, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Any healthy food restaurant.

Dorothy August 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I’m with #28, Texas Roadhouse! Better Concord gets one than Walnut Creek. #30, a place like Texas Roadhouse would draw them in. Never saw one that wasn’t full to the rafters even in odd locations.

SPORTS BAR August 19, 2014 at 1:26 PM

We need a good sports bar it town.

Antler August 19, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Before I get all teary-eyed about a Cracker Barrel, how far away is that building from the upcoming lumber yard?

Lumber yards and building supply places are noisy (back-up beeeps, heavy loads being dumped, and very dusty). But Cracker Barrel’s signature treat (other than eating their FANTASTIC food) is sitting out on the porch in their rocking chairs (for sale) and chatting with one another.

me!!!! August 19, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Dave and busters
Sushi place

me!!!! August 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Sushi place
Dave and busters

Broke in Colony Park August 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

One more vote for hooters here. We need more sports bars!

Are ALL Cracker Barrels alcohol free, or just in Texas? August 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Had an overnight stay last year in Houston, and the CB there didn’t serve beer or wine. Food was OK, but I sure would have liked a glass with dinner.

Cornsnake August 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM


Jesse August 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

A good seafood restaurant. Or a Fenton’s.

Ac45 August 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM


Em August 19, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I think most of claycord would like to see a 20,000 sqft abortion clinic.

bigbry August 19, 2014 at 2:12 PM

What! No Olive garden we need a Hooters here in town they have much better food and would bring in way more business

Enfield303 August 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Looks like a good spot to put a sporting goods store. We don’t have any close by.

Lafayette John August 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Bar & grill with live music – cheap drinks and no cover

Hooters? August 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

After looking around here a lot, I just wonder where they would find suitable waitresses.

mutts August 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM

This building is too pretty to be anything else but a restaurant. Preferably Bob’s Big Boy or Marie’s to return. I miss those pies.

That one guy! August 19, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Friday’s or a Fire Hydrant Museum!

JRConcord August 19, 2014 at 3:16 PM

“wombat sizzlesnake BBQ stripperhut,with an outdoor pie bar” I think that about covers it.

Anon August 19, 2014 at 3:20 PM


Hungrydude August 19, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I’d like to see a BlackBear Diner there, I’m finding they’re chicken fried steaks and great for the kids.

Pizza August 19, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Old Chicago Pizza needs to open restaurants in CA. This would be a good location.

Walnut Creek Resident August 19, 2014 at 3:34 PM

No more chain restaurants. How about a really nice seafood restaurant that would also serve really good grilled steaks!!! We lacked a variety of fresh seafood restaurants! I don’t mean fish and chips type!!

ChampagneKitty August 19, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I’ll just go join the corner with the Olive Garden people…

Claytonian August 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Bring back Baxter’s!!!!!! While the food wasn’t the greatest, the two dance floors and live bands on the weekends were fun.

Dunkin Donuts or Skating Rink August 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I think we could use a Dunkin Donuts

I’d also like a skating rink, but they would need to enlarge it.

TC (The Alleged Gentleman and Scholar) August 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Time Out? I think not. I remember the original Time Out, run by Ron & Roy. That was a great place.

Of course, all things must end, and Ron & Roy sold the place. Moved to Hawaii as i remember.

Some time later (2007, IIRC) an Army Serviceman was glassed by a drunken Marine, who ran like a coward. The Marine, who was known to the staff working at the bar, was protected by the staff, who quit their job instead of talking to the police.

I stopped going to Time Out. They weren’t worth any respect.

Lucky Eleven August 19, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Cracker Barrel!! Always go to one when I go back to Ohio.
A really good fish restaurant would be nice – the Nantucket – with moderate prices.

Pleasant Hill Resident I August 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Yes, Texas Roadhouse would be perfect! Simply having those bread rolls nearby would make me a happier person, hehe.

“B-Dubs” is way overrated: too loud and the wings aren’t that great. I hope it’s something else. I’m sure that makes me sound like my grandmother, but I’ve never been impressed by their other locations. I also envision late night, drunken sporting event-viewing causing downtown WC-style brawls if rowdier groups attend.

bigbry August 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Lol true not many woud qualify as waitreess

tired of taxes August 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

@53 DVC is near enough.

My personal preference would be a good ramen joint. The nearest decent ramen place is about 40 minutes away. I could settle for Nama Sushi in Pleasant Hill if I’m too lazy to drive south for some good ramen.

old timer August 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Hungry Hunter…Elegant Bib, Chevy’s or Pacific Fresh

Hollyhock August 19, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Good Dim Sum (are there any good dim sum places nearby???); Waffle House! or a good non-chain place, maybe seafood.

macwiz August 19, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I remember Dino’s where the Claim Jumper is today. It was styled somewhat after Original Joe’s with seating where you could watch the cooks. It was a nice place with lots of tables for those wanting a congenial atmosphere. A restaurant of that ilk would be very popular with the visitors at the local, nearby hotels and those of us who choose to avoid chain restaurants. Perhaps, as someone suggested a nicer sea food restaurant, or even a quiet, romantic French restaurant….put a little class in Concord.

Shawna August 19, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Sonic or Weinersnitzchel!

Marianne August 19, 2014 at 4:56 PM

A Hungry Hunter or a Texas Steak House restaurant.

Tackleberry August 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

We need a Blue Oyster Bar.

Atticus Thraxx August 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM

A gym. A real gym. No treadmills, no elliptical, no TV, no music. Just weights. A

BM August 19, 2014 at 5:34 PM

^^^ Nice one!!!
I recommend turning it into a strip club. No more restaurants……

mutts August 19, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Yuk, no fish places!

Anon August 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

I thought a bank was moving in there.

Jose August 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Open Arms gun store.

Justin August 19, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Hooters. Clearly.

Annie CSEA August 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Texas Road House

Lynda D August 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Red Lobster

Ctown August 19, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Forget Olive Garden! If they have not answered the call by now i don’t even want them here. I would like to see some sort of Bar/ live music/ tapas or really kick ass food. No more chains!

Silva August 19, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Indoor pool.

JT August 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM

We need a decent fish place!

Meemo August 19, 2014 at 7:40 PM

A cram school like Quick Learning or Kumon to help the kids not just catch up with school work, but get ahead. Very popular in areas where the parents are successful and kids want to get ahead.

Iggey August 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Sure wish Cracker Barrel or Long horn Steak would come to California and take over the old restaurant.

Ms. Kitty August 19, 2014 at 7:55 PM

A hockey or roller derby rink.

Ancient Mariner August 19, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Baker’s Square.
The pies were better, especially the lemon meringue.
MC’s lemon meringue pies had little flavour and a pale crust, barely cooked.

But it still doesn’t feel like a local restaurant location (despite the others on the street). It feels more like a destination restaurant (i.e. one that you’d drive a long way to get to) because of it relative isolation. Therefore, it needs something more upscale or touristy.

Since it’s close to Buchanan Field, how about an aircraft-themed restaurant with propellors and old plane photos hanging on the wall, like the original Nut Tree Restaurant.

Tom August 19, 2014 at 8:33 PM

A roller derby rink. With a soda fountain, and people treating each other like they did back in the day…..

Marissa August 19, 2014 at 9:02 PM

I vote for an Olive Garden.

MadMom August 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

Old timer~~~ I remember Elegant Bib! Wear red and get a lollipop!

I don’t know what I’d like to see there. A fun place, although a chain is Bubba Gump;s. I love that place.

Spicoli August 19, 2014 at 9:23 PM

How about a marijuana dispensary? Or a gay bar.

mika August 19, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Fentons would be nice! Great food AND ice cream!

Juanita Tibbs August 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

A Piano Bar!

Yaya August 19, 2014 at 10:00 PM

On the Border

Big Al August 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Open Space.

Dr. Jellyfinger® August 19, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Corky’s BBQ

The Realist August 19, 2014 at 11:16 PM

You surely jest but a gay bar would actually gentrify that area which has been sliding into destitution for years now and also be the only other gay bar beside 1220 this side of the Caldecott (since the other two gays bars closed years ago).
You others jest as well but that would also be a good location for a Hooters with the nearest one being Danville or Dublin … it’s been awhile since I’ve been there.

romans 8 : 10 August 20, 2014 at 6:49 AM

mayors crispy corn snakes shack

bigbry August 20, 2014 at 7:18 AM

Hooters it is then its settled

Cowellian August 20, 2014 at 7:34 AM

And don’t call me Shirley!

DoReMi August 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Something with booths like the Peppermill.

I am surprised that no one August 20, 2014 at 8:43 AM

has suggested Moby Chicks.

Once off the barge, it would be a wonderful place for local entertainment, good food, strong drink and a good time.

Krystle August 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Fentons should go there it is so good. And Texas road house.

Blondie August 20, 2014 at 9:33 AM

@ bigbry 101
I’m going to have to counter that with suggesting a “Peters.” What do ya think, ladies? 🙂

instagramma August 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

@60 I totally agree! Chain restaurants BLECH. There’s really nowhere to go in Concord for any fine seafood

What security August 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Okay people be honest..

Look at your waist line and tell everyone we need another crappy restaurant.
I’d say a jungle gym for adults

What security August 20, 2014 at 11:44 AM

I heard the the Pot dispensaries are going to team up with Taco Bell and other fast food places.

Valerie August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

@What security
I also heard the Taco Bell chain is going to change their name to
“Dub n’ Grub”.

Cowellian August 20, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I’ve never been to a Cracker Barrel that served any kind of alcohol.

Ganit August 20, 2014 at 4:33 PM

I miss Numero Uno Pizzeria & Bob’s Big Boy. Why aren’t there any Bob’s up here??? Or, instead of putting Marie Callendar’s restaurant back, how about jut the pies?? A good bakery is what we need.

Cowellian August 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

There used to be a Big Boy on Treat. I loved their strawberry pie.

Silva August 20, 2014 at 5:48 PM

A jungle Gym for adults! That’s one of the best ideas I’ve ever heard!! With a line of swinging iron rings please!

ChampagneKitty August 20, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Silva…a playground for grownups…something like that was in the news recently…not remembering where I saw it…

Silva August 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Oh how funny! I do think it’s a great idea. And it should be free.

Debra August 21, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Joe’s Crab Shack or Olive Garden.

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