Cyrus Rising Again in Sonoma County

Chef Doug Keane isn't giving up on his dream of a revamped Cyrus. Is 2019 the year?

(Above: Dishes from Cyrus, Two Birds/One Stone)

Top Chef Masters winner and Michelin-starred restaurateur Douglas Keane is slated to reopen Cyrus restaurant with business partner Nick Peyton in 2019, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant.

“We are very excited to confirm that Cyrus will reopen in 2019 in a new building and location, taking advantage of the breathtaking vineyard views in Alexander Valley, Sonoma County. We look forward to offering a unique and evolved version of our carefully curated service and cuisine. We will have more information in the coming weeks/months,” said the rep.

It’s all a bit hush-hush still, but Keane’s involvement has been confirmed, along with an unnamed location in Alexander Valley location. Keane is not commenting publicly on the news.

The original Cyrus, which received two Michelin stars, closed in 2012 after wine magnate Bill Foley purchased the tony Les Mars Hotel, where Cyrus was located. In 2014, Keane hoped to re-open Cyrus at a property owned by Jackson Family Wines near Jimtown. The concept was for a reservation-only dining experience limited to just a handful of patrons each night. A small group of neighbors expressed concerns about zoning changes in the quiet vineyard area, and the plan for Cyrus 2.0 temporarily faltered. Keane has, for years, stood by his long-term vision to re-open Cyrus when the time was right. 

Keane and his business partner Nick Peyton run Healdsburg Bar and Grill in Healdsburg, and Keane is a partner in the Napa restaurant, Two Birds/One Stone.  The space currently houses Chalkboard restaurant.

(Photo: Chef Douglas Keane at Two Birds One Stone in St. Helena, BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)