Just off the press, Chef Dustin Valette’s new Healdsburg restaurant project officially has a name: Valette. This ain’t about ego, however. We’re wiping a tiny tear from our eyes after Dustin explained that the building (which has housed local institution Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar for years was once owned by his grandfather Honore Valette in the 1940’s.

Chef Dustin Valette's drawing for a new charcuterie box at his forthcoming restaurant.

Chef Dustin Valette’s drawing for a new charcuterie box at his forthcoming restaurant.

“We spent some serious time thinking about what to call our new little ‘baby’ and we couldn’t get away from Valette.  It pays homage to our family’s history with the building,” said Valette.

So. Sweet.

Adding to the charm factor is the all-in-the-family vibe: Brother Les Garzini of Garzini Welding is making the restaurant’s charcuterie box and bro Aaron is co-owner of the forthcoming restaurant. Look for a spring opening.

Old redwood planks will be used for the furniture at Valette, opening in Healdsburg

Old redwood planks will be used for the furniture at Valette, opening in Healdsburg