New restaurant coming to Cornerstone Sonoma

Chef Casey Thompson’s new Folktable restaurant is now popping up at the Cornerstone Sonoma Sunset Outdoor Test Kitchen, starting last weekend. Every guest will get to sample the foods she will eventually be serving at Folktable, which is planned for a full opening this fall.

Thompson is a former “Top Chef” finalist who briefly owned a restaurant in San Francisco. The new spot is billed as offering seasonal cocktails and “playful summer twists on dishes that are meant to be enjoyed in the sunshine,” all created by Thompson, according to an announcement from Sonoma’s Best Hospitality Group which owns Cornerstone. Sonoma’s Best Hospitality is owned by Ken and Stacey Mattson; the group also has the General’s Daughter, Ramekins and Sonoma’s Best deli in its food portfolio.

Folktable will open in the location first occupied by Bruce Riezenman’s Park 121, to which many Sonomans often traveled the few miles south just to enjoy his casual and healthy food. Riezenman is now in business with Ari Weisswasser in Park Avenue Catering and Stellar Catering. Park 121 restaurant closed in 2019.

Public Kitchen opened in 2019, but lasted only six months, and Palooza of Kenwood followed with its second location and lasted only a few months before the pandemic set in and owners Suzette and Jeff Tyler decided to focus their efforts into the Kenwood brewpub.

Thompson will also be opening a Ramekins Sandwich Bar out in front of the restaurant building, serving sandwiches, snacks, cold brew coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages to go Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thompson is also working on developing the former General’s Daughter into Georgette restaurant which she said she hopes will be an exciting new dining destination for the Sonoma community.

The “sneak peek” Folktable pop-up at Cornerstoneruns Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cornerstone is at 23584 Arnold Drive in Sonoma.

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