Mid-Week Menu: Chez Panisse Aims for June 10 Reopening, Ike’s Expands to Walnut Creek, and Alameda Gets a Lithuanian Restaurant

Welcome to the Mid-Week Menu, our weekly roundup of East Bay food news.

1) I don’t want to be the boy who cried wolf when it comes to the ever-imminent return of the East Bay’s perennial Sichuan favorite, China Village (1335 Solano Ave.) — closed for over a year now after a kitchen blaze put the restaurant out of commission. Nevertheless, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along this latest update: According to a report from Chowhound poster Melanie Wong, the restaurant is finally on the verge of reopening, with only PG&E to wait on. The new ETA is the beginning of May, and diners who are mindful of the provenance and quality of ingredients will be happy to note that organic chicken dishes will be available on the specials board.

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