News and gossip

Best place for beer!
Imbibe magazine has named The Black Rose Irish Pub in Santa Rosa one of its “Best Irish Pubs” in America. That’s a huge honor for the neighborhood watering hole owned by Will Roll. Cheers to one of our favorite spots for pub grub and pints. Black Rose Irish Pub, 20074 Armory Dr., Santa Rosa, 707.546.7673.

Sonoma Wine Country WeekendThis is definitely an event not to miss. Yours truly will be schlepping through every tasting she can (in addition to being a judge at the Steel Chef competition) on Saturday. If you’re there, search me out and I’ll take your picture for a BiteClubber photo album to be posted next week. Check out all the details on! See you there!

New Sushi
Paris1880 writes in to let BiteClubbers know about a new sushi restaurant that’s opened in Sebastopol called Tosaki Sushi (the restaurant renaissance continues!). It’s the third sushi spot for the town (there’s also Sushi Tozai and Sushi Hana), so clearly there’s some stiff competition. Only about two weeks old, it’s located in the Sebastopol Shopping Center. Other early birds report that the menu has some interesting items including a sashimi salad and nice desserts. Stay tuned for more details. Tosaki Sushi, 799 Gravenstein Ave., Sebastopol, 707.829.0892.

Chef change
Also in Sebastopol, a chef change-up for Peter Lowell’s. Steven Peyer has departed. Taking his place is Seamus Guevara whose local resume includes stints with Tracey Shepos at of the Stark’s Group and at Santi in Geyserville. Owner Lowell Sheldon also tells me that a new hot yoga studio is going in next door — a good match for the casual, farm-to-table vibe of the nearly one-year-old restaurant. 7385 Healdsburg Ave., Sebastopol, 707.829.1077.

Two other re-opened spots to check out. First off, Katie M. tells BiteClubbers that Triple S on Petrified Forest Road has recently reopened with a southern-style menu. This under-the-radar spot in Calistoga recently revamped its hungry-man style steak and potatoes menu which was a favorite of locals. 4600 Mountain Home Ranch Road, Calistoga, 707.942.6730. Also, we’ve gotten word that the French Garden Restaurant has completed its revamp and is open for biz with their new chef, Didier Gerbi. The addition of a bistro menu (all items $10, including skirt steak and fries, duck confit and a mushroom burger) is a great way to check out how the kitchen’s doing for a great price. French Garden, 8050 Bodega Ave., Sebastopl, 707.824.2030.