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Ike’s Place to open in March

Yes, it's true. They're coming. We think.


Just when we all thought hope was lost, Ike’s Place Santa Rosa is on the fast track toward opening. At least according to owner Ike Shehadeh.

The popular SF sandwichery best known for their “dirty sauce”, and ,uh, creatively-named sandwiches (the Lizzy’s Lips, Spiffy Tiffy, Fat Bastard, Pizzle) has been “coming soon” to Santa Rosa since sometime in 201o. It’s also one of the most frequently asked questions BiteClub gets: “So when is Ike’s coming?”

Unfortunately, not much happened at the gated-off S&S Market spot at 1780 Mendocino Ave. where the vinyl sign teased the “coming soon” for more than a year. Until last week.

Thanks to BiteClubber, this little piece of happiness came my way:

A quick call to Ike confirmed the news.

“We’re actually looking for a place to live right now,” said Shehadeh over the phone today. “We finally go the use permit in January and started the build out on Monday.”

The restaurant is slated to open in March. Of 2012. We hope.

Ike’s opening comes on the heels of a flurry of activity in the JC neighborhood. Chick-fil-A is scoping out the former Burger King on Mendocino, Panera Bread opened just last month. In-N-Out and 5 Guys opened last year, along with the recent opening of locally-owned crepery, Crepe Daze, and the heralded opening of the new culinary center at Santa Rosa Junior college. BJ’s Brewhouse will open later this year at Coddingtown Mall. And we have this kind of hopeful feeling that Chipotle, which has long been rumored to be looking for a space in Sonoma County, might take over the now-shuttered Baja Fresh.

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30 thoughts on “Ike’s Place to open in March

    1. Ugghhh. I’ll check with Ike again. I keep seeing all kinds of action over there, but no opening. In fact, I saw an ad for Ike’s at the airport yesterday that listed Santa Rosa as “open”…weird.

    1. Ugghhh. I’ll check with Ike again. I keep seeing all kinds of action over there, but no opening. In fact, I saw an ad for Ike’s at the airport yesterday that listed Santa Rosa as “open”…weird.

  1. Ike’s Santa Rosa location-to-be has acquired a bright blue and red paint job….Today as I rode my bike past the building, there was crew working inside, so I rode in and asked when they would open. The guys said they were installing the floor (tile I guess, didn’t ask though) and were of the opinion it would be soon.

    Out of the mouths of flooring guys: soon…..

  2. Ike’s Santa Rosa location-to-be has acquired a bright blue and red paint job….Today as I rode my bike past the building, there was crew working inside, so I rode in and asked when they would open. The guys said they were installing the floor (tile I guess, didn’t ask though) and were of the opinion it would be soon.

    Out of the mouths of flooring guys: soon…..

    1. On Ike’s Place Facebook. From April 11th
      “Ike’s Place
      April 11 via HootSuite
      LOTS of progress at the Santa Rosa store…but we still want you! We need vibrant, interested, hungry people to help us grow in the Sonoma County community. If you or someone that you know is interested please email a resume to Star Staffing at nicole@starhr.com . Experience is a plus, personality is a must!

    1. On Ike’s Place Facebook. From April 11th
      “Ike’s Place
      April 11 via HootSuite
      LOTS of progress at the Santa Rosa store…but we still want you! We need vibrant, interested, hungry people to help us grow in the Sonoma County community. If you or someone that you know is interested please email a resume to Star Staffing at nicole@starhr.com . Experience is a plus, personality is a must!

  3. “IKE’S PLACE” will be the best place in town. You don’t know sandwiches, till you know IKE.

    Ike’s is hiring right now.

    For applications contact STAR STAFFING.
    Healdsburg Office at 707-433-5554
    Petaluma Office at 707-762-4447.

    Bring on the dirty sauce!

    1. Any updates from the hiring agency? Is Ike’s still planning to open? It’s now May and this project has been slipping since 2010. Many of us are still excited but we need some positive news.

  4. “IKE’S PLACE” will be the best place in town. You don’t know sandwiches, till you know IKE.

    Ike’s is hiring right now.

    For applications contact STAR STAFFING.
    Healdsburg Office at 707-433-5554
    Petaluma Office at 707-762-4447.

    Bring on the dirty sauce!

    1. Any updates from the hiring agency? Is Ike’s still planning to open? It’s now May and this project has been slipping since 2010. Many of us are still excited but we need some positive news.

  5. went to Panera and for two people was around $20, we each order soup and 1/2 sandwhich and got a small and i mean a very small cup for water (had to make a few trips back and forth). Not sure if we will go back as the food was over priced for what you get. Could not really taste the turkey on the sandwhich as they don’t put much meat on it, tasted the cheese more then anything. For a family of 4 you can look at paying $50 by the time you get drinks with your meal. I don’t know about you but I have a had time paying that for some sandwhiches

  6. went to Panera and for two people was around $20, we each order soup and 1/2 sandwhich and got a small and i mean a very small cup for water (had to make a few trips back and forth). Not sure if we will go back as the food was over priced for what you get. Could not really taste the turkey on the sandwhich as they don’t put much meat on it, tasted the cheese more then anything. For a family of 4 you can look at paying $50 by the time you get drinks with your meal. I don’t know about you but I have a had time paying that for some sandwhiches

  7. Finally a sandwich shop worthy of Santa Rosa. This place will be so busy near the JC, perfect location. I was really bummed about Panera (overpriced cafeteria food).

  8. Finally a sandwich shop worthy of Santa Rosa. This place will be so busy near the JC, perfect location. I was really bummed about Panera (overpriced cafeteria food).

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