Estate Closing

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Estate Restaurant in Sonoma

Estate Restaurant, owned by Chef Sondra Bernstein of the girl and the fig in Sonoma, will close in late September 2012.

The news comes on the heels of the sale of the historic property that’s been home to the restaurant since it opened in 2008. Once owned by the daughter of General Mariano Vallejo, the two-story building is being purchased by Darius Anderson, owner of Kenwood Investments and the Sonoma Index-Tribune. Anderson has also recently purchased Ramekins Culinary School and Event Center, located next door, and reportedly plans to use the properties jointly. He takes over October 1, 2012.

Estate’s lease originally ran until 2013, but Bernstein and managing partner John Toulze decided to close Estate in the wake  of the sale and refocus on their other restaurants, including a new Sonoma event space called Suite D. “It’s very bittersweet,” said Bernstein. There is no current plan to reopen Estate elsewhere currently, “but who knows” says Bernstein. “I don’t think we’re done with Italian,” she said.

“We appreciated the opportunity to steward the historical Sonoma property at 400 West Spain Street and know it will now transition into good hands with Darius Anderson,” said Bernstein. Exec Chef and Managing Partner John Toulze will continue working at the Fig properties and on a successful salumi program he started at Estate.

Estate will continue serving dinner Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 5pm and Sunday brunch from 10am to 3pm. 400 W. Spain St., Sonoma, 707-933-3663.



Author: biteclub

Food Dining and Restaurants in Sonoma County and beyond, is Wine Country dining with Drive-Thru Sensibility.

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  1. So very sad. The beatiful decor and artwork will be missed…as well as the end of porcetta as we knew (and loved) it? And, alas…the grappa bar…a tasty medicinal lineup not to be missed after any of their fabulous plates. Grazie for the great times.

  2. We cherish our relationship with both G&F and Estate. Estate has provided the classic Sonoma experience every 4th of July for our guests and they will be greatly missed!

  3. Estate will be greatly missed. Sondra and John created a remarkable and memorable dining experience for many years at this beautiful location. My only hope is that it’s new owner will be able to do this historic location as much justice as Sondra and John .

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