Lots of reasons to celebrate as a bevy of restaurants open (or prepare to open). Boathouse Sushi will open a second location in the former Porter Station BBQ restaurant (2360 Mendocino Ave.) in Santa Rosa. Word is that the restaurant will open sometime in March. Cafe Des Croissants will open a new outpost at the former Montgomery Village Wolf Coffee shop in Santa Rosa, bringing their number of locations to four.
Downtown’s bustling with the upcoming openings of two highly anticipated restaurnts. GG’S Earth and Surf Restaurant is set to open the first week of February. Trevor Anderson, most recently of Calistoga’s Solage Spa, has been named chef, though the restaurant is the brainchild of local foodie Suzan Fleissner. The restaurant will stay open from 10pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday, offering a late night menu — something Santa Rosa continues to need. The windows have been uncovered at downtown’s Rendez-Vous Cafe on Fourth Street, a promising sign that they’re about to open as well. Finally, Cafe Azul has opened in the former Sonoma Coffee Company location (521 Fourth St., Santa Rosa). The menu is currently limited to coffee, espresso drinks and pastries, but they hope to expand to more food service in the coming months.
Other restaurants on the horizon include Jackson’s, the much-anticipated second restaurant of Syrah chef Josh Silvers, Jack and Tony’s Restaurant, also in Railroad Square and The Restaurant at Bardessono in Yountville.
Finally, I’m still trying to suss out what’s going on at the former La Strada after a bevy of inquiries. Construction continues on the space, but so far no word on who’s building. I’ll keep tracking that one down.