The Holiday Luncheons at Vic Stewarts Restaurant will once again feature Jim Hudak on piano this year. Reaching an agreement earlier this week, Hudak will return to the prestigious Walnut Creek landmark restaurant for the seventh successive year. He will provide piano music during an 18-day engagement starting December 1st and continuing through December 24th. "Vic's has become such a special place for me to play," said Hudak yesterday. "I love the spirit of the restaurant, and the fact that they're independently owned. They're not part of a big chain, and that makes them extra special. They do things their own way and have survived and thrived in spite of the financial challenges that businesses face these days." Indeed. In fact, owner John Herrington is taking it a step further. He's actually opening a second location in Brentwood, CA, which borders Antioch and Stockton, two of the hardest hit areas in the United States with home foreclosures and bank repossesions. "I'm sure that John didn't foresee the incredible real estate crash when he first envisioned opening a new restaurant in Brentwood," Hudak says. "After all, the Brentwood area was one of the fastest growing areas in California and beyond until about a year ago. But John is fiercely determined to see this thing through. And the fact is, the Brentwood area desperately needs a top notch restaurant like Vic Stewarts. My guess is that they will make it, in spite of the enormous challenges they will face." The Brentwood location is scheduled to open on December 4th. Hudak will perform at the Walnut Creek location from 11:30 AM till 2 PM Monday through Friday during the holiday season. Vic Stewarts is normally a dinner house only, but they open for lunch on weekdays during December until Christmas Day. Hudak offers his unique blend of holiday songs and a huge repertoire of piano music from every style and era. Vic Stewarts in Walnut Creek is a popular restaurant for local businesses who book holiday luncheon parties for their employees and clients. It's conveniently located adjacent to Nordstrom's and Macy's in the Broadway Plaza Shopping Mall, and provides weary shoppers a chance for a break from the crowded holiday shopping experience. It's located at 850 South Broadway and reservations can be made by calling (925) 943-5666.

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