Nonni’s to open, Betty’s expanding

Betty's Fish and Chips, Medlock Ames, Red Rose Cafe, Saigon Bistro, Nonni's

Betty’s Expanding
Betty’s Fish & Chips will be expanding its bakery and pie-making operation in the coming months. Pies at a fish ‘n chips place? Insiders know that owner Susan Corso’s homemade lemon chiffon, apple raspberry, and blueberry (to name a few) are some of the best in the county — made fresh each day. Corso and crew currently make about 400 pies each week at the back of the restaurant, but they’re taking over a portion of the computer store next door to create a bakery and espresso shop to showcase their goodies. 4046 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, 539-0899.

Saigon Bistro has closed its doors at 420 Mendocino Ave, the fourth restaurant to go under at that location (Tahini Grill, Nirvana, Vivere preceeded the Vietnamese restaurant). The owners plan to continue a catering biz. But hope springs eternal. A hand-lettered sign has already gone up announcing Nonni’s Ristorante, to open in May.

Free house!
Medlock Ames Winery has a little problem on their hands –an early 1900’s home that needs to be removed/recycled pronto. The eco-friendly winemaking crew, who purchased the old Alexander Valley Store and Bar last month, also found themselves with a recently renovated home on the property that (“for a variety of reasons”) has to go. But they’re loathe to see it go to waste as they renovate the old store into a farmstore and tasting room set to open in August. Mostly they’re just hoping someone comes up with a way to move it  intact. Got an idea? Contact

Food for the soul
Need an infusion of soul food without the wait? Red Rose Cafe is serving up a soul food buffet on weekdays with bbq, greens, mashed potatoes and more.1770 Piner Rd, Santa Rosa.