Bay Area Culinary Legends Unite To Create Walnut Creek’s New Restaurant, ROOFTOP


When big names in the Bay Area restaurant scene unite, you know you’re in for a major culinary treat. Which is why Walnut Creek foodies are buzzing over the collaboration between Jim and Jennifer Telford, the husband and wife duo behind Easy Bay wine bar, Residual Sugar, and former Chef de Cuisine at Slanted Door, Justine Kelly. Slated to open in late fall 2015, the team’s new 180-seat rooftop restaurant is sure to be a dining experience like no other.

Located in the heart of Walnut Creek known as “Cadillac Corner,” the Telfords and Kelly envision ROOFTOP as a unique venue for friends, family, and coworkers to catch up over drinks and enjoy New American cuisine any time of day. Diners will have a bird’s-eye-view of the downtown area’s famed shopping district, not to mention a gorgeous panorama of Mount Diablo.

Executive chef Kelly, who has competed on both the Iron Chef and Williams-Sonoma/Tasting Table’s Sous Chef Series, will infuse ROOFTOP’s menu with clever twists in a highly-stylized manner. Most recently serving as executive chef at The Battery, and consulting chef at Bull Valley Roadhouse and Chino while juggling her own meal and recipe delivery service, Sun Basket, Kelly will re-imagine traditional New American cuisine as innovative, highly-stylized small plates. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ROOFTOP will also offer a selection of over 25 wines to complement the cuisine, and a selection of small-batch, handcrafted, artisanal cocktails, plus an array of tap beers.

ROOFTOP blends the team’s favorite design and culinary elements, courtesy of developer Brian Hirahara of BH Development and his visionary style, along with design architect Mark Davis Design and Johnson Lyman Architects. Situated in a 4,140 square-foot space that incorporates a raw bar, multiple fire pits, and plentiful lounge seating, ROOFTOP is sure to be the East Bay city’s newest hot spot.

ROOFTOP, located at 1500 Mount Diablo Boulevard, at the intersection of Mount Diablo and Main Street, is set to open in late 2015. 

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