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Final Ramen Night coming to Suite D

Next Wednesday, Feb. 1, will be the last Ramen Night this “season” at Suite D, but watch for super Valentine’s and Mardi Gras special menus to come soon.

Murphy’s Irish Pub to open Sidecar Juicebar

Dermot Coll and friends will soon open their Sidecar Juicebar in the Place des Pyrenées walkway that runs from First Street East beside the Basque Boulangerie back toward Coll’s Murphy’s Irish Pub and Taste of Himalayas.

The Sidecar will take the space once filled by the Briar Patch, which sold tobacco, coffees and teas. Later Taste of Himalayas tried a variety of expansion efforts, and Coll says there was even an attempt at a whiskey tasting room.

Assessing what might work around Sonoma Plaza, Coll and partners settled on a juice bar with their characteristic “charming Irish spirit and familial vibe” in their own words.

Watch for fresh-pressed juices, chia pudding and lattes, and eventually Irish oatmeal and other breakfast items. Hopefully Murphy’s will allow seating on their terrace as there is little seating space on the Sidecar side of the alley.

The green sidecar of their new logo was designed and water colored by artist Emaline Reinsimar. It is pleasing indeed, and also looks like it might give someone an idea for a potential entry in one of Sonoma’s two zucchini races.

Lou’s Luncheonette and Little Lou’s updates

Erika Harris, co-owner of Lou’s Luncheonette and Little Lou’s, announces that Lou’s Luncheonette on Fremont Drive now serves breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday specializing in smoked brisket hash, biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles and much more, with lunch following from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She and Chad Harris have now also opened Little Lou’s, the food truck at their Jack’s Filling Station on Broadway at West MacArthur in Sonoma, which is now open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving Sightglass coffee, breakfast tacos and sandwiches, and their quickly famous Stemple Creek grass-fed burgers and fries.

Erika says they are still working on the menu and the space at what most recently was Reel & Brand on Grove Street. We will keep you posted.

El Huerto reopens

Susan and Adrian Olvero are back working hard at their El Huerto Super Foods Bar in Maxwell Village shopping center.

El Huerto is wedged between Great Clips and Little Caesar’s Pizza to the left of Rite Aid.

The Olveras are back with their same menu featuring super food juice blends, bowls, salads, sandwiches and coffees, with new items expected toward this summer. Lots of fans are thankful that the Olveras are well and back in the saddle again.

Vineyard flooding? How bad?

Curious and concerned about the status of our Sonoma Valley vineyards and the livelihoods they support, I invited La Prenda Vineyards Management guru Ned Hill to come on my KSVY radio show on a recent Friday morning.

Sharing his tremendous knowledge and lifelong experience from the gooey mud up to the bottle, Hill (no relation) taught us all lots.

Sonoma Valley Vineyards are handling this just fine, according to Hill.

Lots of water usually improves the grapes for the current year. But if this is all the rain we get, Hill said growers could be back to irrigating by April or so.

If enough rain falls at once, there could be some runoff, but often that flows south, taking valuable silt to the south end of the Valley and enriching the soil there. That would be toward Sangiacomo, Larson and even Cuneo and Leveroni properties.

Ned Hill also said that the richness of Sonoma Valley soil is historically due to silt moving around the Valley naturally.

Why don’t vines fall over in saturated soil? Mostly because they are tied together in various ways.

What about the workers? Hill said they can’t work at the various tasks they would be now so workers are mostly not getting paid. SOS has reached out to ask vineyard management companies to tell their workers that they are welcome to go to the Grange Hall across from Mary’s Pizza Shack in the Springs Monday through Friday to get some warm food.

Get Tuesday Night Market applications

Applications are available for all sorts of vendors at the Tuesday Night Market sponsored by both the city of Sonoma and the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The market will again take place in the “Horseshoe” in front of City Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday evenings “starting in May,” with the actual launch date not yet announced.

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