Fresh closes its doors, holds moving sale
Chef/owner Lisa Hemenway has closed the doors of Fresh restaurant at the Skyhawk Village Marketplace on Highway 12 in Santa Rosa, according to a sign posted on the front door.
"The time has come for Fresh to move from Skyhawk Village Marketplace," Hemenway wrote Monday night on Facebook. "We are negotiating a new location and will close our doors for business tonight."
In both postings, Hemenway thanked her customers for their support and announced a moving sale that will take place today, Thursday and Friday from noon to 6 p.m.
"We are planning to sell everything from food to equipment to decor," she wrote. "The new facility has all the equipment and accoutrements we need."
Hemenway opened Fresh in late September 2010 as a version of a French marketplace, with sit-down restaurant with a pizza oven and a bar, a deli for take-out, a bakery and espresso bar, and a market offering a selection of produce, meats, fish and dairy.
Hemenway has owned several well-known restaurants in Santa Rosa over the years, including Lisa Hemenway's Bistro at Montgomery Village and the Town &amp; Country Shopping Center. She did not respond Tuesday to efforts to contact her.
The 7,800-square-foot space at 5755 Mountain Hawk Drive first opened in 2006 as the Skyhawk Village Market. Co-owner Mike Runyan closed the upscale grocery store in March 2010.
Chalkboard Bistro in old Cyrus space
Bill Foley has plans to open the former Cyrus restaurant in his Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg as Chalkboard Bistro &amp; Wine Bar this spring.
The new restaurant will showcase produce from the gardens at Chalk Hill Winery and feature small plates and tapas to share with wine tasting flights.
Shane McAnelly, former executive chef of Walnut Creek's Va de Vi bistro and wine bar, has been tapped to head up the kitchen.
The Michelin-starred Cyrus closed its doors in Oct. 2012, after a series of disputes between Foley and Cyrus co-owners Nick Peyton and Douglas Keane, who leased the space. Keane and Peyton walked away with the naming rights to re-open someplace else.
Foley owns numerous wineries throughout New Zealand, Washington state and California, including Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg and Sebastiani Vineyard and Winery in Sonoma.
Valentine's Day food, wine events
Restaurants and wineries will take aim at romance this month, helping Cupid's arrow hit its target on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. Here are a few of the festive events, bubbling over with wine and food:
Rodney Strong Vineyards will hold its annual Wine &amp; Chocolate Fantasy from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Healdsburg winery. The event features artisan chocolates, wine and live music. $65. www.rodneystrong.com. 11455 Old Redwood Highway.
Topel Tasting Room will celebrate love at 1 p.m. Sunday with a custom blending seminar at Relish Culinary Center. Enjoy wine and food and take home a bottle of your own blended wine. $75 per person, $100 per couple. 14 Matheson St., Healdsburg. 433-4116. www.topelwines.com.
B.R. Cohn Winery welcomes romance this Saturday and Sunday and Feb. 16 and 17 by offering free infused chocolate truffles with a regular wine flight. Come in wearing red on Valentine's Day and taste wine for free. 15000 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen. www.brcohn.com.
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