Downtown Pleasant Hill is about to get a few fresh dining options.

The walkable shopping district that’s home to Jack’s Restaurant & Bar, but lost Sweet Tomatoes during the pandemic, is welcoming two new restaurants: an upscale California cuisine concept called Crescent Bistro and a Cajun spot named Southern Comfort Kitchen.

The 2,591-square-foot Crescent Bistro and the 2,100-square-foot Southern Comfort Kitchen, both located near Spavia, are expected to open this summer.

Here’s what we know about each concept:

Crescent Bistro: The brainchild of East Bay chef Bradley Zeller, formerly of such restaurants as  Walnut Creek’s Va de Vi and Walnut Creek Yacht Club, this lunch-and-dinner eatery will specialize in locally-sourced ingredients for its menu of snacks, small plates and greens. Among them, house-smoked wings, spicy jerk chicken skewers and a variety of salads and vegetable sides, from a beet salad to grilled baby carrots.

For lunch, Crescent Bistro will offer smoked salmon mousse and butternut squash arancini; sandwiches including smoked chicken, grilled cheese and tasso ham and cheese. For dinner, entrees may include grilled hangar steak, harissa spiced pork tenderloin, pan-seared airline chicken breast, and linguine and clams. There’ll be craft cocktails and desserts, too, from a s’more pot de crème to strawberry buttermilk panna cotta;

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Southern Comfort Kitchen: Operated by three brothers from New Orleans, this Southern-inspired restaurant offers authentic Cajun dishes, like crawfish etouffee, seafood gumbo, barbecue shrimp and grits, chicken and sausage jambalaya, red beans and rice, and a whopping 10 varieties of po’ boy sandwiches, from oyster and catfish to blackened shrimp. This will be the second location for Southern Comfort Kitchen, which also has a restaurant in Castro Valley;