Even with Covid-19, new businesses are still opening, and it’s a better time then ever to support local. Here are a few new openings and happenings to check out (safely) around Marin County this September.
EAT & DRINK
The Rohnert Park original, known for its organic salads, veggie burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches, recently expanded into the long-vacant former Denny’s space alongside Highway 101 in Corte Madera. Gluten-free and vegan options are available across the menu, including the burrito and the oven-baked waffles. The fast food concept is best experienced via their drive thru, or on their patio.
5839 Paradise Drive, Corte Madera
The Parisian-Portuguese chef and former co-owner of San Anselmo’s L’appart restaurant, Alexandre de Jesus, decided to pursue his patisserie passion. He opened a home-based baking business with his wife, Sasha and named it for their son, Lucas. Look for French and American-inspired pastries, especially tartes and pies. Savory Quiche Lorraine or Mac-n-Cheese Pot Pie is dinner-worthy when paired with a salad while a Gateau Frasier sings strawberry’s sweet summer song. Pick-up in Corte Madera or delivery in Marin.
Address provided upon completed order.
After a two year hiatus, owner-chef Soo Young Kim brought back this petite san Anselmo restaurant, complete with bistro favorites from pre-COVID times such as farro risotto verde with a crisp 62-degree egg and half a roast chicken with Jerusalem artichokes and Kerala Curry Night on Wednesdays. Fish tacos and a Star Route Little Gems salad are must-trys.
115 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
Fairfax native Margaret Ruiz and her life and business partner, David, joined forces with chef Cameron Myers to bring the bounty of the county to the table in the space once occupied by Tamal. Appetizers and salads feature local cheeses, oysters, and produce while the cheeseburger with Stemple Creek beef topped with house-cured pork belly, has already developed a cult following.
23 Broadway Blvd, Fairfax
In Tomales, owner Ted Wilson re-imagined the restaurant and bar‘s offerings for COVID times, delivering Tell Collins cocktails and William Tell burgers to the sunny patio on a rolling cart. A new breakfast menu includes chicken and waffles, doughnuts filled with Nutella or raspberry, salmon frittata, and Bloody Marys.
26955 CA-1, Tomales
The cabanas and tiny homes at this seaside inn in Dillon Beach have reopened and the onsite restaurant is once again serving local fish and chips, clam chowder and seasonal favorites for the duration of Marin’s extended summer season.
1 Beach Ave, Dillon Beach
Tables at the waterfront restaurant on Tomales Bay extend along the pier to The Boat Shack for socially-distanced dining and new tables are available across the street in The Croft, an expansive garden that supplies vegetables to the restaurant. The waterfront lounge, a new dining area to the left of the restaurant is better suited for larger groups.
23240 Highway One, Marshall
The editors and publishers of Edible magazines, including Edible Marin and Wine Country, conceived of and built this locally-sourced marketplace to expand opportunities for the artisans, crafters and makers that call the Bay Area home. Look for everything our bountiful region has to offer, from wine and cookies to flowers, masks, and linens, all delivered direct from the maker to your home. Pick-up also available from maker locations.
It’s hard not to think about Walter White’s Car Wash business, as you drive through the very friendly new Ducky’s Car Wash in Sausalito. We think they are in a good mood, because it’s a business model that has proven successful. Good news for salty Sausalitians who need to sparkle up their ride, as the team from Mill Valley Car wash just opened Ducky’s on Bridgeway. Bonus, when you get a car wash, you’ll save $0.10 per gallon on your gas at the adjoining Shell station. Win-win!
How to Help
For more ways to support local businesses, go here.
For more on Marin:
- Take a Dive into Tahoe’s Most Unusual Park — Emerald Bay
- Ode to the Avocado
- Marin County’s 5 Must-See Kayaking Spots
Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her child’s school, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.