After a few years of will they or won’t they among several potential owners, the former Kenwood Restaurant has risen like a phoenix again as Salt & Stone, the newest baby of Diane and David LaMonica, one-time owners of Mendocino’s Café Beaujolais.

Kenwood locals are raving and jumping for joy that their neighborhood restaurant is back with a bang and offering food they love. And this is no neighborhood dive. With added dining space, lots of wood and black leather (or vinyl) the feeling is warm and cozy.

Diane exclaimed how excited she is that “people are hugging me, and everything couldn’t be better.” Serving a good 40 people this week during the restaurant’s “soft opening,” she thought everything went swimmingly.

Watch for favorites such as French onion soup, duck confit, persimmon salad, steak tartare, Caesar salad and more for appetizers. In their “Salt” category on the menu they offer butter poached petrale sole, crispy skin salmon, sea bass, Gulf Prawn pappardelle and cioppino. “Stone” entrées include steaks ranging from petit filet to filet mignon and rib eye with duck fat Fingerling potatoes and wild mushrooms with bleu cheese butter; braised short ribs, pork chops and free range chicken. Or you could order all sides such as roasted mushrooms, braised greens, Brussels sprouts, creamy mac & cheese, or charcuterie or cheese boards. Entrées $23 to $34.

Their upcoming weeknight “Bistro Nights” offer a three-course menu for $30 or $35 with a glass of wine, soup or salad and dessert. Monday will feature beef Bourguignon, Tuesday coq au vin, Wednesday braised lamb shank, and Thursday a whole Dungeness crab.

5 to 9 p.m. daily. Happy Hour coming soon. 9900 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. 833-6326. Saltstonekenwood.com.