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Cyrus closing in October

  • 4/24/2005: Q4: The Cyrus restaurant is named for Cyrus Alexander, who planted the first vineyard in Alexander Valley.
    PC: Cyrus restaurant, Healdsburg.

Cyrus, the highly-rated Healdsburg restaurant, is vacating its spot in the Les Mars Hotel, culminating a legal battle that pitted the elite of fine dining and luxury hospitality against each other.

In a joint announcement Thursday, both sides said they had amicably resolved their differences and the owners of the Les Mars will take over the restaurant space in the building they both share.

In turn, Cyrus owners retain the naming rights to re-open somewhere else.

"I'm walking away with the name and the recipes. He owns the physical space now," said Cyrus Chef Douglas Keane, referring to Les Mars owner Bill Foley.

"It's a great feeling. Fighting's not fun," Keane said. "This is a good move for everyone."

Keane, along with partner Nick Peyton, will keep Cyrus open through Oct. 31, when the Foley organization will take over the space and bring in another restaurant.

For the past six years, Cyrus has garnered a prestigious two-star Michelin rating — the only restaurant to achieve the distinction in Sonoma County — along with consistent praise from reviewers.

Foley, a wine mogul who made his fortune in the title company business, bought the 16-room Les Mars in 2010, where rooms cost $575 per night and up on summer weekends.

Keane, who had a 20-year lease on the restaurant space, complained last year that the new owners were trying to evict him unfairly from the building shared by the restaurant and hotel.

He filed a lawsuit against Foley's company and managing member David Fink, who in turn countersued.


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