On the Chalkboard: A Fresh New Look In HealdsburgAuthor:Annette Hanami
Chalkboard Restaurant fits right in to the lively Healdsburg Plaza neighborhood. The new 62-seat restaurant is casual and contemporary, bursting with freshness from the bright, airy space to the seasonal ingredients.
Designer Catherine Macfee brought light and spaciousness to the former Cyrus Restaurant space by removing walls that reveal banks of large, glass-paned windows and the shiny chefs kitchen. Washed white oak floors and Carrara marble tabletops add brightness while textured, Baltic Blue banquettes add pops of color and breezy Wine Country feel.
Custom metal grate defines spaces like the wing walls around the kitchen entrance and this wine storage unit that anchors the 9-foot communal oak table. The chandelier is by Paul Ferrante.
In the evening, the dining room transforms into an elegant space with the uplit colonnade highlighting the formal vaulted ceilings.
The 20-seat bar has also been revitalized with crisp white marble tabletops and distressed metal finishes. The street-side bar is a great place to have drinks or dine while watching the lively activity outside.
The “chalkboard” in the restaurant’s name signifies Executive Chef Shane McAnelly’s daily-changing fare of seasonal dishes including salads, seafood, roast and grilled meats and handmade pastas. Much of the fruits and vegetables come from owner Bill Foley’s organic garden at Chalk Hill Winery estate.
Check for new lunch service beginning this month. Chalkboard is open for dinner from 5 p.m. Monday – Sunday, the bar from 4 p.m. 29 North Street, Healdsburg
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