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Business Beat -- October 15, 2020




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Café Citti leaving Kenwood

After 30 years as a Kenwood landmark, the popular trattoria Café Citti and its proprietors Luca and Linda Citti, are relocating to Santa Rosa.

In a message, Linda Citti said their landlords had decided to address the stability of the building on Sonoma Highway and make renovations, all of which would take several months.

So the Cittis, “with a heavy heart,” made the decision to move.

Linda Citti wrote, “Due to the new restrictions placed upon us during this time of COVID, the annual PSPS shut offs, and most recently the Glass fire, we will be leaving the dining portion of our business behind and we will concentrate our focus on continuing with our take-out business at a new location in Santa Rosa.” They are taking space next door to Hank's Creekside at 2792 4th St. in Santa Rosa.

“On behalf of ourselves and our staff we would like to thank you for your patronage over the last 30 years and particularly the community of Kenwood for supporting us through thick and thin. Our hearts will always be in Kenwood but we are excited about the next chapter,” Linda Citti said.

Their Kenwood cafe was always busy for lunch and dinner, a place frequented by tourists and locals for business lunches or memorable family celebrations. It was a place to enjoy pesto pasta paired with a fine Chianti or Russian River Brewery ale. Topping it off with tiramisu, you had a true Kenwood experience.

Stay tuned for an opening date of the new location. “We look forward to seeing your friendly faces there,” said Linda.

Order your Thanksgiving meal from the girl & the fig

Since the girl & the fig can't invite you into the restaurant for a Thanksgiving meal, you can do the next best thing by picking up the holiday meal and bringing it home. Available for pick-up at either the girl & the fig in Sonoma or the fig café in Glen Ellen, the restaurants have created family style boxes you can reheat at home. Each box will have instructions and is a hearty feast for four but is great for two (think leftovers the next day).

Desserts and pies are extra, as are a 3-wine pack, and cocktails.

There are three meal options: 1) a turkey breast meal with cornbread pudding, glazed squash, mashed potatoes, gravy, and cranberry relish, 2) cedar plank salmon with roasted carrots, braised greens, mashed yams with candied walnuts, and a kale and Brussels sprout Caesar salad, 3) wild mushroom and sunchoke ragout, with roasted carrots, squash, greens, yams, and kale and Brussels sprouts Caesar.

Each meal serves two to four people. Cost is $120 for options 1 and 2, and $100 for option 3.

If you want to spend extra on dessert, there are chocolate chunk cookies, butterscotch pot du crème, and pumpkin cheesecake.

You must be hungry by now.

Order at figtogo.square.site.

Pick-up times are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, 12-7 p.m., or Thanksgiving day, 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sonoma County Small Business Grant Program

In September, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $2.5 million dollars from federal CARES Act funding received by the County to put towards a local Business Stabilization Grant Program.

Small businesses in Sonoma County with between one and 30 employees can apply for grants of $2,500 to $15,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to use towards expenses including payroll, utilities, rent or mortgage expenses.

The grant application window is currently open and small business owners should be prepared to apply with the following necessary documents:

Copy of business license or examples of commercial correspondence to a business address (e.g. utility bill); total pre-COVID-19 and current employment figures: and annual business income.

Businesses must have been in operation since March 17, 2020, and be able to demonstrate negative impacts to operations as a result of COVID-19.

The application window closes 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. To apply, go to www.workingsolutions.org/sonoma-grants.

For more information, contact EDBGrants@sonoma-county.org.



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