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New Details on the First Stateside Location of Barcelona's Teleféric

Tapas will be passed on trays and carts, a la dim sum.

Robert Becker with IDF Global

As Eater reported back in March, the first stateside location of Barcelona's popular tapas bar Teleféric is headed to Walnut Creek. Now more details are available on the space in the recently constructed 1500 Mount Diablo building, located on what's known as "Cadillac Corner" for its close proximity to upscale retail outlets like Neiman Marcus and Tiffany's.

Designed by architecture and design firm Arcsine and constructed by Terra nova Industries, the polished 160-seat restaurant will be located on the second floor of the three-story building, featuring a large, open kitchen where Teleféric's 70-plus tapas and pintxos will be displayed, alongside counter seating. The California outpost will serve tapas a bit differently than the Spanish style, which Arcsine principle Adam Winig says has been incorporated into the design — rather than choose tapas from the display, waiters will pass through the main dining room with trays or carts, allowing guests to make their choices tableside. The main room will feature wooden tables, as well as a free-standing, curved bar in the center of the dining room, a chef's table and large windows that can be opened to let in the breeze. As an added bonus, there will be a 40-seat rooftop terrace with views of Mount Diablo (and all of Walnut Creek's fancy shopping options).

Expect lots of warm colors, geometric patterns and contemporary Spanish art to make an appearance throughout the space, which Winig says is intended as a "more refined" California adaptation of Teleféric's Barcelona style.

The restaurant is currently aiming for an opening in November 2015. Stay tuned for more updates on the space, menu and timeline.


1500 Mount Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, USA