OAKLAND -- Montclair Village will usher in spring with the fifth annual Restaurant Walk, to be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Montclair Village business district.
Sixteen local eateries will be featured in this year's walk, including Amba; Colonial Donuts; Crogan's; El Agavero; Farmstead Cheeses & Wine; Flavors of India Bistro; Grille One Carvery; House of Bagels; Italian Colors; Kakui Sushi; Montclair Baking; Montclair Bistro; Noah's New York Bagels; Peet's Coffee; Pagarung Thai; and Taqueria Las Comadres 2.
The event is being co-sponsored by the Montclair Village Association and the Montclair Lions Club. All proceeds benefit Montclair Lions Club charities and local nonprofits, including Oakland Fund for the Arts, Boy Scouts and the music programs at Montera Middle School and Skyline High School.
"It's a nice feel-good event," said Lions Club member and event organizer Howard Neil. "It is a way for people to feel good about their neighborhood and get good value for their money while contributing to charity."
Passport books are $25 and can be bought at Montclair Book Tree, 6121 La Salle Ave.; Wheels of Justice, 2042 Mountain Blvd.; Safeway, 2096 Mountain Blvd.; Viewpoint, 2069 Mountain Blvd.; or from one of the charity partners.
The Lions Club will distribute its portion of the proceeds to its favorite charities including the Oakland Lions Blind Center, the Lincoln Child Center and the Fred Finch Center. Last year, the club also donated funds nearer to home, with a $3,000 donation to kick off the mosaic planter project in the village business district. The Lions Club first brought the restaurant walk to Montclair Village in 2009, based on a fundraiser that had been successful in Danville.
"The village had suffered a devastating Christmas season," Neil said. "We needed to revive Montclair."
The restaurant walk was an instant success and quickly became a village tradition. Last year's passport sales reached 400.
"The walk has been so successful they've replicated it in other neighborhoods," said Daniel Swafford, executive director of the Montclair Village Association. "It's a nice event. It's a good experience, and they (the participants) feel good about what's going on in their local community."