Syrah to become Petite Syrah?

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From the rumor mill: Big news from one of Santa Rosa’s favorite chefs: Josh Silvers says that after twelve years, it’s time for big changes at his destination-restaurant, Syrah Bistro.

Now don’t panic, because the Syrah you love isn’t totally going away. Think of it as a sort of restaurant Botox.

Come spring, the Railroad Square eatery is set to be transformed with a new look, new small plates menu and new name — Petite Syrah. Silvers and his staff are currently working on the new menu and working with a designer on the interior concept for the restaurant. Fans shouldn’t worry much, however, because Silvers plans to make the turnaround quickly, with only a week or so of down time at the restaurant.

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16 Responses

  1. Arianna Screen March 18, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Woooo Hoooo! Just in time for Mother’s Day!!!

  2. Arianna Screen March 18, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Ah, just in time for Mother’s Day!!!

  3. Carolyn Lewis February 10, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    This sounds great.

  4. Carolyn February 10, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    This sounds like it is going to be great.

  5. Rachel February 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    Will the prices reflect the smaller plates?
    I would love to enjoy a little of Syrah flavor at a fraction of the cost !

    Best of luck Josh and crew !

  6. cupcake February 9, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Can’t wait! Willi’s does not own the small plates concept. While I love Syrah, I am excited to see what he does next. I love his innovative spirit and his willingness to take risks and evolve. Jackson’s is a hit and I’m sure this one will be too!

  7. johng February 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Really oughta be Petite Sirah

    • kp February 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      Cheers to Josh, Reg and Staff! I will be anxiously awaiting the unveiling. Josh always does it right.

  8. Christine February 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    Change is good people.

  9. Osvaldo February 9, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I just hope they will still serve good portions all these ‘new’ restaurants like doing “small” plates because it reduces overhead cost. So, please syrah don’t get all avant garde with tiny servings. The locals will appreciate it.

  10. S February 9, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    I hope they don’t loose the outside feeling inside the courtyard. I love eating there on cold nights, closest to outside dining we can get in the winter.

  11. Toni Smith February 8, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    Great idea, if it ain’t broke: fix it. Syrah is one of the best restaurants quite possibly on the West Coast, why try to ape Willi’s?

    • Brian Brazoot February 8, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

      @Toni: agree +100 because Syrah is already world-class.

      Although, if the small plates even somewhat resemble anything from their 4-course chef’s tasting menu, it could get ridiculous around there.

      I heart Josh’s grub.

  12. Chef KnifeHire February 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Will it still be Syrah while Restaurant week is going or will the change be sooner than that?

    • Ken Goldfine February 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

      Syrah will remain Syrah for a bit longer, definitely through Restaurant Week. We are looking for a change in April. Until then, its business as usual and we would love to see you!

      As to the tasting menu, who said it was going anywhere? :)

      And finally, thanks to everyone who has supported us all these years. If you have tried and loved Josh’s food, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

      Ken Goldfine
      General Manager
      Syrah Restarants

      • biteclub February 9, 2011 at 11:40 am #

        Thanks for the update Ken. Josh has promised me some first bites of the menu when they get it worked out, so stay tuned!

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