Strictly business: Restaurants opening and closing a new hotel and more, Nov. 2
New restaurant: Mint and Liberty will be open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 7. It is being described as a modern twist on a classic diner by owners James and Mila Chanamé-Hahn. The chef is Michael Siegel, the managing partner is Melissa Cameron and the general manager is Thomas Painter. Local produce will come from Lola Sonoma Farms, Bee-Well Farms and Sweetwater Farms. Hours will be from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. 19101 Highway 12, in the Maxwell Village center, in the former site of Breakaway Cafe. www.mintandliberty.com.
New socks: Sox de Vine is now Socks on the Square. The store is now owned by Debbie Stovall, who bought the store over the summer but just recently finished installing the new sign and branding. Stovall says she has expanded her product line. The store is located at the back of the Mercado and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and open later until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays.
New bakery: Sweet Pea Bakery, formerly of Napa, has taken over the old Crisp Bakeshop location and the owners expect to open later this month. The two chefs are a husband-and-wife pair, chef Zaclyn Rivera of the Carneros Inn and chef Albert Rivera of Boonfly Cafe. Previously most of their business was wholesale and the owners said they are excited to open their first actual retail space. 720 W. Napa St.
Restaurant space: While the restaurant Umbria in Glen Ellen is still open, and has no specific plans to close, its space is listed on LoopNet as possibly available for lease in the future. Approximately 2,267 square feet of restaurant space, consisting of the dining room (60-plus seats), large kitchen, basement storage, outdoor patio and deck space. The rent is not disclosed. The listing agent is Mehul Patel of JLL Hospitality.
Hotel: Michael Marino’s new small bungalow hotel, tentatively to be called Hawker Sonoma, at 158-172 W. Napa St., is nearing completion. Kevin Dixon is the project architect/contractor. The restored front cottages (that once housed the Sonoma Sun and KSVY) now back up to four new bungalows on the .7-acre site. Marino founded one of the area’s early tour companies, California Wine Tours, more than 30 years ago
Vacancies: Jack London Village currently has six spaces available, according to LoopNet. The property was built in 1906 and has been a revolving door of small businesses in recent years. The spaces range from 500 square feet to 4,000 square feet. The listing agent is Ryan Longmaid of Santa Rosa Business and Commercial.
Award: Sonoma’s huge new development at the bottom of Eighth Street East, Victory Station, was named 2018 Development Project of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies North Coast chapter. The Victory Station project broke ground last May at Eighth Street East and Fremont Drive and is now in the final stages of construction. The building is estimated to be ready for occupancy later this month. The 250,000-square-foot industrial building is situated on a 19-acre parcel located at the south end of Sonoma’s Eighth Street East industrial district.
Women in Leadership: Julie Atwood of Atwood Ranch has been selected as the 2018 “Influential Woman Leader” by the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce. The award will be presented at the 2018 Women in Leadership Luncheon on Nov. 9. This year’s event, scheduled to be held at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, will be focused on “Community and Connections,” with an emphasis on giving back to the community. Julie Atwood Events has been an industry leader in sustainable, responsible Sonoma Valley hospitality for nearly 20 years. Tickets are at www.SonomaChamber.org/WIL.
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