Big, big news out of Glen Ellen, where French Laundry alum Ari Weiswasser and wife Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser are finalizing plans for a new restaurant. The Benziger family bought the space after the closing of Saffron last year. Though the final menu is still in the works, early “spring” previews give a hint at whats to come: Lots of wood-oven roasted veggies (baby sugar beets with harissa and orange oil, fava beans with burrata and preserved lemon marmalade), wood fired pizzas, a scrambled Sonoma hen egg with chanterelles and Devonshire cream (oh, yes), lamb shank with pole bean cassoulet, whole roasted “loup de mer” (sea bass), and a whole lamb (available with 48 hour notice) to serve 8-12. A dessert feature is homemade ice cream sold by the 1/2 pint with flavors like salted caramel, malted milk chocolate and vanilla maple bourbon. Stay tuned for details as preview dinners happen over the next month. 13648 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen.