Northbay newcomers are putting final touches on the former Stella’s Cafe, which is set to reopen in early June as the Henweigh Cafe. Owner Dennis Kelly and fiancee Lois Nielsen are putting together a simple menu for sandwiches, burgers and panini for lunch and heartier pastas, ribs and steaks for dinner. They’re also planning to do Sunday brunch and a special fondue night during the week.
Located next to Mom’s Apple Pies on Gravenstein Highway, Kelly plans to keep prices affordable both for visitors along the Wine Trail to Forestville and Guerneville and locals. “We’re not a gourmet restaurant. This is a place for a family meal.”
Stay tuned for more details as opening approaches, or sign up on the restaurant’s website for news. www.henweighcafe.com
Meanwhile, the iconic Alice’s Restaurant in Sebastopol has changed hands and is reopening as Pesto. Former owner, Alice Ferry will remain involved, behind the scenes with Jerri Luzania officially taking over the reigns. The restaurant will have a focus on local, sustainably harvested foods from a 30-mile radius of the restaurant, according to Ferry and change up frequently. True to its name, there are also plans to have up to seven different pestos on the menu. “We’re mixing flavor and healthy fun,” says Ferry. “We’re nuts about herbs.” 101 S Main St # A, Sebastopol, (707) 829-3212