Valentina’s Organic Bistro & Bakery to hold grand opening
Valentina’s Organic Bistro & Bakery will hold a grand opening for their new organic and gluten-free restaurant on Sept. 2, and are planning to have a soft opening this weekend for the public, according to owner Valentina Masterz.
“I’m so excited,” Masterz said. “We’ve been working on this for three and half months, and we can’t wait to open and we can’t wait to see our friends and family back again and hopefully people will enjoy being here.”
Masterz and her husband previously owned a Grass Valley local bistro and bakery that closed in February after six years, due to an extensive warm weather season that caused their power bills to reach as high as $3,900 per month. In order to reopen, the couple raised around $40,000 by selling their car, launching a letter-writing campaign, and asking for donations from loyal customers.
Customers donated more than $15,000, with an additional $1,000 coming from an online crowd-sourcing campaign. In May, the couple signed a 10-year lease for their new 2,500-square-foot restaurant space located on the 800 block of Sutton Way, in a space previously occupied by Quiznos and Liberty Tax franchises.
The new restaurant is less than a block from its old location, and will showcase some of the same menu items as their previous business, including burritos, salads, soups, and Peet’s coffee.
Masterz says the restaurant will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening, and that they have hired 20 new staff members to run their business from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.
“It’s really heartwarming, seeing people coming here and caring and telling us to please open up,” Masterz said. “So we look forward to seeing people.”
For information, go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Valentinas-Bistro-Bakery.
To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4236.
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