Word is out on the forthcoming Spinster Sisters, a collaboration between Prune NYC’s Eric Anderson (a Santa Rosa native) and wine insider Giovanni Cerrone. The restaurant is slated for a mid-June opening in the bustling South A St. Arts District in Santa Rosa.
Already tapped to head up the kitchen: Former Santi exec chef Liza Hinman, who’s been consulting and doing stints at Sur La Table, along with motherhood, since leaving Santi before it closed in 2011. The menu will be California cuisine mixed with global influences to match the focus on emerging wines.
A host of other Santa Rosa luminaries have been tapped to bring their unique influence to the restaurant, including Roy Gattinella (music).
Cerrone said the idea of the restaurant — something he and Anderson have been kicking around for several years — is to bring together the arts, music and theater communities and provide a neighborhood gathering spot.
“We want The Spinster Sisters to have a strong tie to the artistic community around it and aim to have bi-monthly visual art exhibits as well as other community based spoken word events. The goal is to have the neighborhood gather at our large rectangular redwood bar with seats on all 4 sides and catch up,” said Cerrone.
And the name? The building at 410A St. was built in the 1920s and housed the Cannavari deli for several years. Cerrone said two of the five Cannavari daughters lived unmarried in second story apartments, lending the restaurant its name.