Openings Abound in Sonoma


The Spinster Sisters exterior, the “before” shot, from their Facebook page.


Photo courtesy of Glen Ellen Star.


Flipside interior; photo from BiteClub Eats.

By 707 correspondent, Heather Irwin.

Restaurants are blooming throughout the spring and summer north of the Golden Gate. ~THE SPINSTER SISTERS~, a collaboration between Prune NYC’s Eric Anderson, wine insider Giovanni Cerrone, and chef Liza Hinman (formerly of Geyserville’s Santi) is slated for a summer opening in Santa Rosa. The team are tapping local music, arts, and bicycling bigwigs for input—which should make for an eclectic vibe. 401 S A St. at Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa.

~GLEN ELLEN STAR~, the much-anticipated eatery from French Laundry alum Ari Weiswasser, has been pushed to Friday May 18th. You can read a previous post about the project in tablehopper here. 13648 Arnold Dr. at Warm Springs Rd., Glen Ellen.

Meanwhile, the second outpost of the critically acclaimed ~ROSSO PIZZERIA & WINE BAR~ is nearing completion, looking at a late May opening, in downtown Petaluma. Owners will pay homage to local dairies with a fresh mozzarella bar. 151 Petaluma Blvd. at C St., Petaluma.

Just opened is ~FLIPSIDE BAR & BURGER~. Taking cues from SF burger joints like Umami Burger and Super Duper, this luxe newcomer goes beyond the patty, cheese, bun equation, adding fried eggs, Gruyère, or artisanal bacon to sustainable beef and bakery buns. And the truffle mac ‘n’ cheese is worth the trip alone. 630 Third St. at Humboldt St., Santa Rosa, 707-523-1400.

Want to bring a little Wine Country home? Take your pick of more than 125 heirloom tomato starts Saturday May 5th at ~KENDALL-JACKSON WINE CENTER~. Green thumbs know not to dawdle because the early bird gets the, well, tomato plant. There’s also a farmers’ market during the event, showcasing some of Sonoma’s best baked goods and spring produce. 5007 Fulton Rd. just off Hwy. 101, Santa Rosa, 866-287-9818.