What Do You Wish Were Here?

Café Gratitude left about two weeks ago. What would you like to see there instead?


Well, the much-loved has sadly departed its Healdsburg outpost in the wake of a company-wide shakeup we reported last year in Healdsburg Patch.

Kevin Foster, a leasing and sales agent for Cornish & Carey Commercial Newmark Knight Frank real estate, said the restaurant cleared out roughly two weeks ago from the 8,481 square foot building at 206 Healdsburg Ave.

CG was a tenant in the building, which is owned by a corporation, Foster said. The café had leased the front portion, or 4,871 square feet.

Foster said he had no word on whether all the Café Gratitude restaurants in the Bay Area would be closed -- although he said he had heard that some may stay open. He said he is only familiar with the Healdsburg Café Gratitude because the building's owner is his client.

"There are actually four suites in the building," Foster said. A day spa, which is also closed, leased one of the other suites. Two other business tenants -- and a Tibetan artifacts retail store -- are still open and operating on a month-to-month lease arrangement, he said.

Foster, whose office is in Santa Rosa, said the owner would entertain either a lease or a sale -- or a combination of the two. For example, if a Healdsburg business owner or investor wanted to lease the main front section for a new venture, and perhaps also buy the building as an investment, that might be a good opportunity for the right person, he said.

So far, Foster said he has heard from some interested restaurateurs and has discussed a wine bar or taproom option. However, he said he was aware that

"It would also work as a health, fitness and beauty facility," Foster said.

He said he had some interest expressed but was not in negotiations at the moment.

"That could change tomorrow," he said.

What do you think? In the best of all possible worlds, what would you like to see there, right at the front gateway to Healdsburg?

Post your comments below.

Lee May 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Rumor is Mary's Pizza Shack.
Keri Brenner (Editor) May 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I think that would be a good place for Mary's Pizza Shack. I also agree with Zoe that it needs more lighting...
Christian Kallen May 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Hopmonk, or other beer garden.
Lee May 02, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Yeah, a HopMonk would be fun...
Dennis May 02, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Traverso's.......store like Trader Joe's...New John n Zeke's... Some place the LOCALS can afford to shop/go to on a weekly basis. Healdsburg already has wine bars & 4 pizza places plus fine restaurants doing brick oven pizza's. Healdsburg has all the BEST locally owned restaurants. Plus, need to do something about parking for any place to survive.
Keri Brenner (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
@Dennis: Yes, in retrospect, I agree that another pizza place/wine bar might be overkill. Something for locals would be great...Healdsburg Hopmonk, let's go!
Citizen Kane May 02, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Good suggestions Dennis-- I agree with every one.
Citizen Kane May 02, 2012 at 06:31 PM
There are only 2 grocery stores in Healdsburg. With a growing population, not to mention a demographic with refined and sophisticated palates, neither Safeway or Big John's suffice. I find myself choosing the automatic check out at Safeway to avoid the cantankerous courtesy clerks (an oxymoron if I ever heard one). I always leave Safeway in a bad mood. It's not much better at Big John's--they have sub standard produce, their seafood is never fresh and the management responds with cool indifference when complaints are voiced. The management strikes me as the sort who are over confident relying on the power of the tourist dollar. (Moreover, the owners evicted Fitch Mountain Eddies--a wonderful little restaurant which served good and solid food to the locals). I would love to see either a Whole Foods or an Oliver's market move to town. Headlsburg residents deserve a good quality grocery store owned and operated by people who care.
Keri Brenner (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Anyone out there know anything about the building next to the Mars Hotel?
Robert Herrick May 03, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Let's get Fitch Mountain Eddie's in there. . .
Glen Ellen Girl May 03, 2012 at 09:10 PM
How about the new location for John & Zeke's!


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