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Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center, Thursday, Nov. 23

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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New HD Burger & More holds ribbon cutting to celebrate opening in Antioch

Friday, November 17th, 2017

Owners Haroon, Dina and Wally (with scissors) with their families are joined by Antioch business and community leaders for the ribbon cutting to officially open their HD Burger & More restaurant Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

By Allen Payton

The Antioch Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for HD Burger & More, Thursday night, Nov. 16 to celebrate the opening of the new restaurant in Antioch. They opened in February and offer a variety of unique burgers including a lamb, Black & Bleu, turkey, and quinoa burgers, and the very tasty smoked brisket burger which was the favorite of many of the business and community leaders in attendance, including Mayor Sean Wright and Chamber CEO Richard Pagano, (as well as this writer).

HD Burgers & More’s Black & Bleu Burger. Photo from their website.

“I am absolutely elated that you invited us to be here tonight at HD Burgers and super excited to try the burgers and fries,” Pagano said.

Presentations of official certificates welcoming the new business to Antioch were then made by representatives of Congressman Jerry McNerney and Assemblyman Jim Frazier.

Wright was next to speak, saying “Congratulations on opening and delivering delicious food. We hope to see you here for the next 5, 10 and 15 years.”

The name is a double entendre for both high definition and the first initials of the husband and wife owners Haroon and Dina Popal.

“Thank you to everybody at the Chamber of Commerce,” Haroon said.

His brother-in-law Wally Arakozie who works with them, offered his thanks, as well.

“I want to thank everyone for your support,” he said. “We would like to be a staple of Antioch and like to see us grow, and for you guys to be a part of it.”

In interviews on Friday, Dina and Haroon shared more about their background and why they opened their restaurant.

Fulfilling Their Dreams

Dina came to America from Afghanistan in the early 1990’s and went straight to work. She worked at the Smokehouse in Berkeley.

“I learned a lot from that restaurant,” Dina added.

She worked a variety of jobs while she went to school to be a medical assistant.

“But this was my dream,” she said.

Then Haroon arrived in the U.S in 1995. They met at a wedding not too long later.

“Haroon has a master’s degree as a telecommunications engineer,” Dina shared. But he ended up working in sales at Concord BMW for eight years, and was one of their top salesmen.

At one time, both of them were real estate agents with ReMax.

Regarding the restaurant, she said “people said I should open a franchise. But with one of them you’re stuck. I want to do something myself and make new burgers, new salads and new fries.”

“We tried to create something that isn’t in this area. Something for everybody,” said Haroon. “Vegetarian, beef, chicken, salads and seafood.”

“Everything is fresh,” he continued. “The burgers are larger with 6.3-ounce patties and certified Angus beef, and 100% California grown. They bring it fresh and we make it fresh. We serve good, quality food.”

That means there are no hormones or antibiotics in the beef. Their chicken breasts are fresh and natural, as well.

The Popals did all of the tenant improvements to the place themselves. They installed the tile and did the painting, as well to convert the restaurant from the Quizno’s that was there before to what it is, today.

“We are both handymen,” Dina stated with a smile. “People have been asking if this is part of a chain. They’re already asking if we are opening another location.”

That’s Haroon’s goal and dream, to eventually franchise.

“Over the past nine months we have been working out our system,” he said. “We’ve already changed and added some items to our menu.”

“I love America,” Dina added. “Anything can be possible if you’re willing to work for it. There is Opportunity you have here.”

The Popals have three children and their oldest Joseph works with them in their business.

The “more” part of their restaurant includes chicken, tri-tip, pastrami, Philly cheesesteak and fish sandwiches, unique salads, a variety of different types of fries including green bean and poutine (it’s a Canadian thing) fries, plus milkshakes, fried Twinkies and cookies, as well as draft beer and wine.

They’re located at 5019 Lone Tree Way, Suite A near Kobe restaurant and the City Sports health club and are open Monday to Saturday 11 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 8 pm. Call in your order to (925) 978-9398. For more information about their menu items, visit https://hdburgerandmore.com/.

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Thanksgiving dinner-to-go available from Lone Tree Golf & Event Center – order by Saturday, Nov. 18

Friday, November 17th, 2017

ORDER EARLY ~ ONLY 50 MEALS AVAILABLE

$140.95 Package Includes:

HOLIDAY GREEN SALAD

ROASTED CAROLINA TURKEY BREAST
4-5 pound (1 Whole Roasted Airline Breast)

ROASTED DARK MEAT
1 Pound

FRESH HERB ROLLS AND BUTTER
1 Dozen
BUTTERNUT SQUASH MASHED POTATOES
4 Pounds
ROASTED KENTUCKY GREEN BEANS
2 Pounds
CORNBREAD STUFFING
3 Pounds
CREAMY GIBLET GRAVY
1 Quart

Optional Additions:
PIES SOLD SEPERATELY ~ $9.00 each
(Pumpkin & Apple)

ADD SUGAR GLAZED HAM
3 Pounds ~ $19.95

ORDERS MUST BE IN AND PAID FOR BY NOVEMBER 18TH
12NOON

All food is freshly prepared and packaged for reheating. Meals MUST be picked up Wednesday, November 22nd and refrigerated until reheated
INSTRUCTIONS INCLUDED

PLEASE CALL THE CATERING OFFICE TO ORDER
925.706.4232
or Order on-line here

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Council to discuss new owner, restaurant for former Humphrey’s location in Antioch Tuesday night

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The building where Humphrey’s on the Delta restaurant was located at 1 Marina Plaza, foot of L Street in Antioch. Herald file photo by salliegoetsch.com

By Allen Payton

Rumors circulating through Antioch this week, that Zephyr Grill & Bar will open a third location at the former site of Humphrey’s on the Delta, were somewhat confirmed Thursday night by Lizeht Zepeda, the city’s Economic Development Manager.

Asked if the rumors were true, Zepeda responded, “It’s an item on the November 14th council meeting, staff report should be posted on the website.”

However, the agenda including the staff report had yet to be posted on the City’s website as of publication time, Thursday night.

Zephyr Grill & Bar’s two other locations, in Brentwood at 613 1st Street and in Livermore at 1736 1st Street, have menu items which are hard to find at restaurants in East County, including free-range chicken, grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish. See more photos and information about their food on their Facebook page, here. The owners of Zephyr recently sold a third location in Seattle.

The city currently owns the building as well as the land, located at the Antioch Marina with the address of 1 Marina Plaza, and has been seeking a buyer or tenant since the former restaurant closed for business on December 24, 2012.

11/10/17 UPDATE: The transaction the Antioch City Council will be considering is the sale of the building and land for $1.2 million to Sean McCauley Investments, Inc. (SMI), a Brentwood-based business which owns other real estate in East County including the old Casino Building at Waldie Plaza in Antioch’s downtown, Rivertown District. It is item #4 on the council’s agenda. ACC mtg agenda 111417 – Humphrey’s sale Item #4

According to the staff report on the agenda item, “SMI has invested millions of dollars in development and revitalization of several blighted buildings, bringing additional businesses and entrepreneurs into downtown and other areas of Antioch.”

The staff report further explains SMI’s plans, which are a joint effort with the owners of Zephyr Grill & Bar, Randy and Lynn Tei.

“In an effort to bring the site back to a working restaurant, SMI submitted to the City a signed Letter Of Intent (LOI) between SMI and a restaurant operator for the site. The LOI (Attachment C) describes the operator lease terms, and scope of work between SMI and Randy Tei and his wife Lynn Tei, DBA RLW Properties (RLW) for the operation of a Zephyr Grill & Bar restaurant at One Marina Plaza. SMI will be doing extensive repairs and improvements to deliver a “vanilla shell” to the tenant, RLW. Once the PSA is executed the estimated timeframe for SMI’s delivery of improvements is about two months to complete. Additional work, kitchen and interior design will be made by the tenant after SMI completes their work.”

“RLW has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. They currently own and operate two restaurants in the Bay Area, Zephyr Grill & Bar in Brentwood and Zephyr Grill & Bar in Livermore; Ca. RLW is committed to revitalizing the site and operating an elegant upscale restaurant. SMI was instrumental in RLW’s decision to launch this endeavor in the Rivertown District of Antioch. This will be their 3rd location in the Bay Area. They look forward to operating this 3rd restaurant for many years to come in Downtown Rivertown Antioch.”

However, according to Sean McCauley, owner of SMI, if the Tei’s become the tenant then it will have a different name than Zephyr Grill & Bar, so as not to compete with their Brentwood location.

“This has been in negotiation for over a year,” he said.

The purchase includes the land, as well as the building, McCauley explained. He estimates there will be about $1 million of tenant improvements needed for the restaurant to open.

The address of the restaurant may also change as the city has plans to rename L Street to something with Marina in the name such as Marina Way or Blvd. The new address would then be 1 Marina Way or Blvd., making it easier for people to find the restaurant from Highway 4.

The council meeting is at 7:00 p.m. in the Antioch Council Chambers at 200 H Street in historic, downtown Rivertown. You can also watch the meeting live on local cable channel 24 or via livestream on the city’s website at http://www.ci.antioch.ca.us/CityGov/citycouncilmeetings.htm.

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Family fun at Lumpy’s Diner 9th Annual Car Show and Burger Eating Contest, Sat. Oct 14

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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Tickets available for annual Kiwanis Pride of the Delta Restaurant Tour Sun. Oct. 22

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

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Music on the Green Season Finale at Lone Tree Golf & Event Center Thurs, Oct 5

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Enjoy the Rivertown Brews & BBQ Cook-Off this Saturday in Antioch’s historic downtown

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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