News & Gossip: Syrah’s loss

Syrah mourns a loss, French Garden, Emmy's Spaghetti Shack

Syrah Restaurant is mourning the lost of longtime server Mark “Markie Mark” McLean, 26, who died this week. He had worked at the restaurant for eight years along with his sister, assistant manager Mary McLean. “It was a tragic loss. He kind of grew up at Syrah,” says Regina Silvers. “He started as a busser when he was 18 and worked his way up. He was very loved.”

…Michael Krazny and Michael Pollan will be at the French Garden Restaurant in Sebastopol on May 3 doing a benefit for the Sebastopol Cultural Community Center. Tickets are sold out, but a few are being raffled online at 

Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack, a popular hipster hangout in San Francisco, will open its second outpost in the town of Sonoma in early June. Sonoma native Eric Center will man the kitchen, where the focus is on affordable, hearty Italian and American classics like spaghetti, steaks and salads. Owner Emmy Kaplan, also from Sonoma, hopes to tap into the local 20-40-something demographic by using lots of recycled materials inside, featuring seasonal cocktails, electic music and urban art. The restaurant will take over the Deuce restaurant location at 691 Broadway.

…Cinco de Woo Hoo: Where are your fave spots to celebrate Cinco De Mayo? Tell me.