Kick’n Mule Bar & Kitchen Opening In Clayton Valley Shopping Center

April 25, 2019 8:00 am · 24 comments

Kick’n Mule Bar & Kitchen is moving into the 2,100-square-foot space formerly occupied by Bella Ristorante (and Pick Up Stix before them) in the Clayton Valley Shopping Center near the corner of Washington Blvd. and Clayton Rd. in Concord.

Kick’n Mule currently has restaurants in Danville and Sacramento.

An exact opening date has not been announced.

Mr. Pink April 25, 2019 at 8:25 AM


Will April 25, 2019 at 8:27 AM

We were so sad to see Bella close, it was one of our very favorite restaurants.

Jack's Fan April 25, 2019 at 9:48 AM

Agreed. It was a nice addition to the shopping center, especially on warmer nights on the patio.

S April 25, 2019 at 8:51 AM


anon April 25, 2019 at 8:53 AM

Looking forward to this one opening in my neighborhood. So glad it’s not a fast food place.

Captain Bebops April 25, 2019 at 9:23 AM

I hope these new restaurants do well but I’m a bit concerned that we’re into a cycle and though it appears some high income earners have found this area of the East Bay to buy (or rent) a home and there is a well talked about possibility of a recession (or worse) coming. It’s actually been delayed since 2008. We’ve seen it before.

Bill Bob April 27, 2019 at 12:17 PM


Frank April 25, 2019 at 9:53 AM

We liked Bella, however not many people did as there were never more than 2 or 3 tables occupied when we went there.

Gittyup April 25, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Prices on the menu displayed by the door seemed a little high and kept me out

Winston April 25, 2019 at 12:09 PM

I wish them well, but that part of town seems to be in decline. I fear that in 10 years that shopping center will look like the one at Treat and Clayton.

Concord Guy April 25, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Blame Regency Centers. They have leased retail space to lower socioeconomic-catering retailers such as Ross Dress For Less and Grocery Outlet Bargain Market.

Winston April 26, 2019 at 7:15 AM

@Concord Guy
My guess is that those were the only retailers interested in the site. The problem is that the demographics of these remote parts of Concord keep getting worse.

Bill Bob April 27, 2019 at 12:19 PM

What exactly do these comments mean… it’s bad to have poor people around?

jon s April 27, 2019 at 3:10 PM

Bill Bob tell us how it’s good?Most night time car break ins are done by people living on the street esp in that area.

The Wizard April 25, 2019 at 12:51 PM

I hope they don’t mind me acting like a Jackass there.

JustMe April 25, 2019 at 1:41 PM

Pick Up Stix was amazing food, all made to order! I enjoyed Bella too, even though it felt like they had odd hours. I can always still visit Luna.

A sports bar… meh. I guess I’ll probably try it

anotheranon April 25, 2019 at 7:29 PM

And Fiore; part of the same family, only much better, and certainly much more welcoming when you enter.

Joe smith April 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Damn! Bella had some awesome lasagna!

Yolanda April 25, 2019 at 7:03 PM

Yippee! I’m gonna go order me a Donkey Punch with a beer chaser!

John Muir April 26, 2019 at 10:21 AM

What is a donkey punch? Lol. How bout they put a HARDWARE store back where OSH use to be. Would be nice to not have to drive to Ace.. just saying…

Chicken Little April 26, 2019 at 12:37 PM

Who’s “they”? The hardware store fairies?

Eddie van halen April 26, 2019 at 6:34 PM

Chicken little they are called hardware store transgenders now

Eddie van halen April 26, 2019 at 6:33 PM

The one in sac smelled like a dirty cat box.

jon s April 27, 2019 at 3:13 PM

The one on Monument closed cause the employees embezzled and the locals stole everything

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