Much to the delight of restaurant workers and owners, the California State Senate repealed a controversial law that would have required chefs, cooks and even bartenders putting olives on toothpicks to wear latex gloves.
The original bill, by Assemblymember Dr. Richard Pan, was rejected in the Senate 32-0, according to the San Francisco Business Times. Apparently Pan was willing to go along with the rejection when he heard and felt the outrage from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and its members.
Some chefs and home cooks believe that their personal touch, which includes natural oils that come from their hands, improve the food they produce.
La Hacienda Taqueria, super popular Mexican restaurant in Boyes Hot Springs, will not be opening a restaurant at 522 Broadway after all.
Co-owner Juan Sahagun seemed optimistic, and said he was ordering the same brightly colored furniture from Mexico as decorates his cheerfully renovated restaurant here, but apparently negotiations broke down. And this after he and his family had posted their ABC liquor license in the window at 522 Broadway, and many members of the community had looked forward to their offerings.
The liquor license posting has been replaced by an “Available” sign in the front window, as there is next door in the former bicycle shop. We have seen several restaurants come and go at 522 Broadway, often due to rent and other financial considerations.
One of the problems existing or aspiring restaurateurs face in starting new restaurants in Sonoma is high rents. One has to practically own the building to be able to start a new restaurant.
Just around the corner on West Napa Street, Gigi Hayes plans to open G’s Modern General Store in what was Plaza Liquors for many decades and then Historic Plaza Liquors and then Proof’d. We were all told that Chase Bank, which owns the property, had told Proof’d to vacate because the bank was selling the building.
Instead, Hayes says that Chase is putting lots of money into upgrading the roof and more, that she did not buy it, and that she hopes to open for business in late July.
Hayes is the sister of Edna Needleman, who with her husband, Bruce, owns Salsa Trading Company at Broadway and Napa Road. She also worked in many facets of retail business for Williams-Sonoma and Smith & Hawkins, and decided that instead of finding clean-line home accessories for them in Scandinavia that she would do it for herself and her new shop. Each section of the 2,000-square-foot store will feature a different room in the home.
My apologies for saying Hayes’s store is part of a chain. It looked (and looks) that way by googling the name of her store. It is her private and independent effort and she is proud of it, for good reason. 19 W. Napa St., Sonoma. (415) 847-5758.
Aventine at Jack London Village invites the world to a grand opening party today, July 4, with “complimentary BBQ, live music and signature cocktails.” Noon to 4 p.m. 14301 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen. RSVP to Aventine.rsvpify.com.
Keith and Cherie Hughes will pour their just-won California State Fair gold medal, Best of Class and region, 2010 zinfandel at their barbecue party on Tuesday, July 8, at their Sonoma home as part of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art’s Great Places Great Spaces series of small fundraisers. Hughes wines are all organic and made by Rolando Herrera of Mi Sueno Winery.