Strictly Business: Sonoma Valley business news, March 29

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Picazo: The new location of Picazo Cafe is scheduled to open (in the old Mint and Liberty spot in Maxwell Village) for dinner daily from 5 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday, April 1. Owners Kina and Sal Chavez are hiring, stop by for an application.

Relaunch: The Reel Fish Shop and Grill will be celebrating its grand re-opening under its new owners, Kevin Kress and Jeff Spencer, the weekend of April 25 to 28, with lots of live music. More information to follow.

Bart Park news: The new incarnation of Bartholomew Estate Winery was due to open in March but the opening has now been delayed to late April. This delay, unfortunately, also includes the park’s hiking trails. When the tasting room opens, there will be a public event and a rotating exhibit of plein-air artists on display in the winery museum.

Mobile bar: Prohibition Spirits Distillery, on 8th Street East and at Cornerstone Sonoma, is raising money via Kickstarter to renovate a 1957 Siesta travel trailer into “an epic mobile travel bar.” Visit Kickstarter (trav-l-bar) to learn more.

Movie locations: Sonoma County Film Office has released a video highlighting Sonoma County film locations. If you have a location that you would like to include in their locations database, contact the film office at or message them via their Facebook page.

Sharing info: Rebuild North Bay last week welcomed Rebuild Paradise and the Malibu Foundation for a two-day convening to share what they have learned about organizing neighborhoods, arranging for legal aid, delivering mental health services, navigating the rebuilding process, supporting schools and establishing foundations after a wildfire. Executive Director Jennifer Gray Thompson said that, looking ahead, Rebuild will focus on October, the second anniversary of the North Bay fires, when insurance coverage for temporary rental housing will begin to expire, and to 2020, when new state building codes take effect, pushing up rebuilding costs.

New Hires: Frank Zampardi is joining the Peckish team as vice president of sales. Zampardi previously worked for Krave Jerky before the company’s acquisition by Hershey.

The Sonoma Valley Education Foundation has hired a new Red & White Ball sponsorship coordinator, Caroline Brown.

Jack London Park has hired Kylee Cronin as its new retail and visitor services manager.

Board changes: Dan Zepponi has stepped down from the board of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers after five years. George Hamel III of Hamel Family Wines has joined the board.

Jack London Park Partners has welcomed Sandy Leonard and Ric Capretta as board members.

Transcendence Theatre Company has welcomed Carol Nast of Santa Rosa and Rob Chimsky of Kenwood to its board. Jonathan Parker will serve as Advisory Council Chair.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Wine Country Group has hired Lori Boatright as a “growth catalyst.” Boatright previously served as office manager and agent for Sonoma Properties and Hurd Real Estate.

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