These are dark days for the past-prime Los Robles Lodge, but old-timers will remember when its dinner house boasted service and panache unseen in down-home Santa Rosa.
Original owners Claus Neumann and Tony Vicini opened the Lodge in 1962 and introduced Sonoma County to flaming cherries jubilee and crepes suzette. Diners who pulled up on rainy nights came to expect Tony to meet them at the car and usher them in beneath an umbrella.
Maybe Los Robles, which was cleared Wednesday to reopen, will survive its temporary closure by health inspectors and maybe, like El Rancho Tropicana, it will be razed for yet another shopping center.
Whatever happens, the flamb?will live in infamy.
YOU WON'T BELIEVE what just came in the mail at the Sonoma County Clerk's office.
It's a postcard stamped "Not Deliverable as Addressed, Unable to Forward." The county clerk had mailed it to one Mrs. Bertha Dresbach of Petaluma.
The card informed Mrs. Dresbach that the county had appointed her as Registrar of Selective Service Registration for her voting precinct. She was instructed to open the precinct for 14 hours on a specified day and to register young men from her neighborhood for the military draft.
The just-returned card was mailed to Dresbach on Oct. 8, 1940.
HE'LL BE BACK: Before Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dropped by Nancy Miller's home last week for a coffee klatch, Nancy had no strong feelings about him one way or another.
But by the time Schwarzenegger and his people left, Nancy said she couldn't have been more impressed by them. Nancy, a Santa Rosa Schools employee, said they seemed genuinely interested when she told them the district soon will open a culinary arts program at Piner High and an automotive-tech program at Maria Carrillo.