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Downtown Santa Rosa Restaurant Comes Back to Life

See who's going to re-open the prime real estate restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa

The closed Rendez Vous Bistro on courthouse square in Santa Rosa will be reopened by the Chandi Restaurant Group. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)
The closed Rendez Vous Bistro on courthouse square in Santa Rosa will be reopened by the Chandi Restaurant Group. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Hallelujah! The downtown Santa Rosa restaurant with million-dollar patio space is about to rise from the dead.

The long-vacant Rendez-Vous Bistro space in downtown Santa Rosa is coming back to life. The Chandi Restaurants Group, who own Stout Brothers, Bibi’s Burger Bar, County Bench and several Mountain Mike’s Pizza shops (including one in development in Bennett Valley) are re-opening the bistro space as Booze Barrel.

With a planned opening in early 2017, the CEO Sonu Chandi said the restaurant will feature cocktails, beer, wine and Indian-inspired small plates. They’re hoping to be able to utilize the outdoor patio space as a vibrant part of the new downtown Courthouse Square. More details coming soon.

Rendez-Vous was previously owned by restaurateur Nino Rabbaa, as was the Bibi’s Burger space.

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