Rossi’s Change, Johnny Garlic’s Closed, New Tenant at Brasa

Opening, closing, and everywhere in between for Sonoma County's restaurant scene

Rossi’s1906 Becomes Reel Fish Shop & Grill

The little Sonoma roadhouse most-recently known as Rossi’s 1906, and before that, Little Switzerland, will soon become a seafood restaurant. Owner Max Young has partnered with Aiki Terashima to revive the space with seafood classics like New England lobster rolls, cioppino, fish tacos and fresh aki poke, says Sonoma Index-Tribune writer Kathleen Hill. The restaurant is slated for a January opening. More details soon.

Brasa Becomes Tipsy Taco

Tipsy Taco and Cantina is taking over the massive 505 Mendocino space, which has stood vacant for months, since Brasa Churrascaria closed. The restaurant space has been doomed for years, as restaurant after several restaurants failed to attract crowds and ultimately closed. Hopefully a return to Mexican tacos and margaritas will be the winning combination for the old Acapulco space.

Johnny Garlic’s Closed

A few weeks ago, the original Johnny Garlic’s in Santa Rosa quietly closed. The launching pad for Food Network star Guy Fieri opened in 1996 when wacky dishes like Donkey Sauce, Volcano Chicken and “Off Da Hook” seafood dishes were a novelty in the culinary world. Fieri walked away from his signature restaurants in April, turning them over to former business partner Steve Gruber. The restaurant reopened as Johnny Garlic’s Craft Bar and Scratch Kitchen, last summer.

Ceres Cafe

Though it’s been open since February, we haven’t had a chance to give a shout out to the Ceres Cafe in Santa Rosa. It’s a win-win project that offers up Ceres’ healthy, healing foods to the general community while helping teens at the SAY Dream Center learn vocational skills in the kitchen. The menu includes a beet burger, chicken and kale pesto panini, tuna salad wrap and several salads, including a sampler plate with kale, potato, tuna or beet burger salad. The cafe also offers daily soups, breakfast pastries, coffee and lattes. All items are under $10. The cafe is open from 9a.m. to 2p.m. Monday through Friday. Debit or credit cards only, 2447 Summerfield Ave., Santa Rosa.

Tis the Season for Tea

With all the cold rainy weather lately, a cuppa tea hits the spot, especially when it includes scones with jam and cream. Tudor Rose English Tea Room will hold a Mad Hatter-themed tea party with all of the above, plus mini quiches, cupcakes and raspberry vanilla tea on Dec. 20 in downtown Santa Rosa. Costumes are encouraged, and children will be entertained in a private room while adults enjoy the tea in the main tea room. $39 per person, 4-6p.m., 733 Fourth St., Santa Rosa. Reservations required, details at