Strictly Business: Business news from in and around Sonoma Valley, March 8

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Closed: La Morenita Market #2 at 17400 Highway 12 has closed and is now empty. The site has been up for lease for months. There are three markets in La Morenita’s group – the first in Napa on Jefferson, and the third is at 18307 Highway 12. The two other locations remain open.

Mint and Liberty for sale: The recently closed Mint and Liberty “modern diner” in Maxwell Village is currently for sale, listed as a “newly remodeled, beautifully appointed restaurant with a fully equipped kitchen that can easily accommodate on- and off-site catering.” The buyer can operate with existing name, brand and menu or implement a new concept. The price is $395,000. The restaurant is 4,500 square feet with indoor seating for 133. The current rent is $9,000/month, with seven years left on the lease. The premise is permitted with an ABC Type 47-Full On-Sale General Liquor License. The price includes furniture, fixtures and equipment and improvements. Inventory is not included in the sale and is available for purchase at wholesale cost.

New hire: Jason Palter of Valley of the Moon Flooring has hired native Sonoman Matt Denkin as the company’s new customer service and sales associate. The showroom is located at 19449 Riverside Drive.

Deed Day: In March of 1858, Jacob Gundlach signed the deed to Rhinefarm, the property on which Gundlach Bundschu Winery sits. Charles Bundschu joined shortly thereafter. The rest is history. The winery is celebrating its 161st anniversary from 11 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Entertainment will be provided by Golden Gram with an afternoon live set from the Donkeys. Wine and food trucks.

Facelift: The suites along the north side of the Plaza Mercato have gotten a fresh coat of paint and new numbers. One store owner said it had been a two-year process, completed late last year.

New medical procedure: Sonoma Valley Hospital is among the first hospitals in the North Bay Area to offer Lipogems, an advanced adipose tissue technology that provides patients suffering from an orthopedic condition or injury with the means to support the healing process using their own fat tissue. Lipogems treatment, which is FDA cleared for use in orthopedic and arthroscopic surgery, is being offered at Sonoma Valley Hospital by Dr. Michael Brown, an orthopedic surgeon. According to Brown, this minimally invasive procedure can be performed in less than an hour on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit understandlipogems.com. 938-3870.

New hours: Sonoma Fun Center arcade and mini golf in Maxwell Village has new winter hours. It is open from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Honor: Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently honored Marguerita Castanera with the Century 21 President’s Producer Award. The annual award is given to sales affiliates who earn the company’s Centurion award and its Quality Service Pinnacle Producer award in the same calendar year. Century 21 Wine Country is a located at 561 Broadway, Suite A.

Email business news to lorna.sheridan@sonomanews.com.

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