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Business Beat: 06/15/2018

Business Beat for June 15, 2018

TIPS Roadside open for business

Following an extensive remodel of the existing building, proprietors Andrew and Susie Pryfogle officially opened the doors to brand new restaurant TIPS Roadside on June 6. The restaurant is located at 8445 Sonoma Hwy. in Kenwood.

It's been a long labor of love for the Pryfogles. After an eight-month wait, they received their building permits just one week before the October 2017 fires. Thanks to a tremendous outpouring of community support, the Pryfogles were able to use their mobile kitchens - the two Tri Tip Trolleys - to feed over 5,000 first responders in Glen Ellen and Santa Rosa in the aftermath of the fires.

When construction began on the 90-year old building, the priority was to bring it up to code and expand its capacity while honoring the history of the property. The back bar, banquets and larger tables within the restaurant are all built with reclaimed wood from the original construction.

There are several nods to the building's storied history, including an original gas pump from when the location served as a 1930s filling station. Vintage photos showing young Sonoma Valley legends Fred Kunde, Angelo Sangiacomo, Hank Schukler, and Mondo “Boci” Bianchini adorn the walls.

The restaurant is now home to heartfelt pieces of art that commemorate the fires of 2017, including an original painting by Glen Ellen artist Tom Rice, entitled “1:34 AM I smelled smoke,” a touching statement of gratitude, and a must-see American flag constructed from a fire hose, designed by a Napa firefighter. Additionally, the Pryfogles commissioned an original art installation that honors the memories of countless survivors from the fire and features items salvaged from their homes. The large and moving work is entitled “Tree of Life,” and was created by Sonoma artist Helena Donzelli, who also lost her own home in the fire.

As for the food, “This menu is a culmination of 30 years in this business and reminiscent of my childhood,” said Executive Chef Thaddeus Palmese said of his “wine country comfort food.” With gluten-free fried chicken, grass-fed burgers, slab-o-bacon, short ribs, and a vegetarian “true grits” dish, there is something for everybody. The burger is a juicy delight, while the slab-o-bacon and short ribs are unique and hearty. Guests can finish their meals with authentic New Orleans beignets with Meyer Lemon dipping sauce, among other sweet options.

TIPS Roadside features an extensive, locally focused wine list and craft cocktails from its full bar. The restaurant seats 110 guests, including a chef's counter and open kitchen. Construction on the spacious outdoor courtyard, with sweeping views of surrounding vineyards, Mount Hood and Sugarloaf Ridge, is expected to be completed next month. The courtyard and patio room is available for private parties of up to 60 people.

Currently open Wednesday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m. for dinner, the Pryfogles plan to add a daily brunch in the coming weeks.

Owner Susie Pryfogle said, “We hope that you will feel the love of community, passion for food and the comfort of home every time you walk through the door. Wherever you're from, welcome home!”

TIPS Roadside is still hiring for all positions. Interested candidates should send resumes to, or stop by to meet the team.

Hear about The Vines We Planted

Joanell Serra

Sonoma author Joanell Serra will be reading from her new novel, The Vines We Planted at the Laurel Glen Vineyard Tasting Room in Glen Ellen on Sunday, June 24, from 3-5 p.m.

Serra has received extensive praise for her debut novel, set in Sonoma Valley:

“The characters in The Vines We Planted are deep and very well written. I was very surprised when I learned this was Serra's debut novel, she writes like a seasoned author with several novels under her belt.” - Crystal Otto, Women on Writing

“… a complex family saga touching on a number of themes - loss, redemption, forgiveness, marriage, immigration ... and yes, wine. Plenty of wine. Like an old vine wine, the story has deep roots, taking place in California's wine country” - David W. Berner, The Constant Story

“The reader is kept turning the pages to the end as the intricate family history is revealed through the plot. Great characters, well developed and believable, and lovely descriptions which transport the reader to the Californian countryside.” - Jane Finch, Readers' Favorites

Find out more about Joanell Serra at

sculptureWALK staying in Glen Ellen

Sculpturesite Gallery, which moved to Jack London Village in Glen Ellen in 2015, developed an outdoor sculpture walk as a way to view large art pieces - called the sculptureWALK exhibition. The gallery closed at the end of May, but many people expressed interest in keeping the outdoor sculptures on site. Jack London Village tenants Yeti Restaurant, Wine Country Chocolates and Jim Shere were especially interested in keeping the sculptures for viewers to enjoy when strolling through the newly landscaped grounds.

Sculpturesite Gallery's owners Brigitte Micmacker and John Denning worked with Stephen Coates of Coates and Seward, the owners of Jack London Village, to maintain an outdoor presence of around 20 sculptures on the property. For more information, go to or email

Poppy Bank hires new VP

Poppy Bank, which has a branch in Oakmont, recently hired Dan Ryan, to be executive vice president and chief credit officer.

The bank's current chief credit officer, Kenwood resident Tony Ghisla, has moved to the newly-created position of executive vice president and chief lending officer. Ghisla will continue to oversee the loan officers and the SBA Division while Ryan will oversee all non-production areas of lending.

Ryan joins Poppy Bank with nearly 20 years of banking experience most recently as Senior Vice President and Credit Risk and Portfolio Administrator for Tri Counties Bank. He received his Bachelor's Degree with options in both Finance and Accounting as well as his Masters of Business Administration from California State University, Chico. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado.

For more information visit

Winegrowers hire sustainability director

Sonoma County Winegrowers has hired Dana Cappelloni, an experienced sustainability veteran, as its new director of sustainability and grower education.

Cappelloni, who earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School, and is a viticulture student at Santa Rosa Junior College, has deep roots in both the wine industry and sustainability. In her role at the Winegrowers, she will work directly with growers to achieve 100 percent sustainably certified vineyards, as well as facilitate continuing education programs on sustainable winegrape growing for the Sonoma County grower community.

Cappelloni is a native of the Bay Area, currently living in Healdsburg.

For more information about Sonoma County Winegrowers, go to

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