A little more than a year after opening his namesake restaurant in Santa Rosa’s Montgomery Village, chef Tony Ounpamornchai will close Tony’s Galley (722 Village Court) Saturday, March 19.
Fear not, however, because the chef plans to transform the space into Mandarin Kitchen on April 1.
Ounpamornchai, who’s also behind Sea Thai Bistro, Sea Noodle Bar and Raku Ramen and Rolls, said the new restaurant concept is “mostly heirloom recipes from my parents. Food that I will cook at home.” The menu will feature lots of Chinese cooking influences, but it is still in development, he said.
News of the transition was announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page:
“A little over a year ago, we introduced you to Tony’s Galley, the new but familiar face that you’ve learned to love … a new-old friend whom we share our moments together, good, bad, sad and happy. … And just like a friend, there will be a time that we have to part ways. For us at the Galley, the time is soon, and a goodbye is in order.”
Tony’s Galley gift cards will be honored at the new restaurant, Ounpamornchai said.
The news comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that NYC-based Shake Shack will open a location at the Santa Rosa shopping mall next winter.