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.