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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 & 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.


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