Table for Two! – Restaurateurs playing musical chairs |

Table for Two! – Restaurateurs playing musical chairs

Lots of restaurant news buzzing around, including some changing of hands.

The Carlos’ Seafood outpost in Penn Valley is now the Pleasant Valley Grill. New owner Chris Meyer sent along a menu that looks pretty tasty, starting with the baked artichoke dip (baked in a cream sauce and topped with parmesan cheese), a whole passel of burgers and sandwiches (the Donahue burger is topped with a split grilled hot dog), and a range of grilled meats, from steak to salmon to pork shops. Then there is homemade meatloaf and chicken breast pot pie . . . I’ve gotta get out there to 10120 Commercial Ave. . . .

At Citizens Restaurant, 221 Broad St. in Nevada City, Clayton Collins has bought the place at the old site of Citizens Bank from Dwayne and Denise Yeager. The restaurant seems to be aiming slightly more upscale, but you can still find pizzas and burgers. Pasta menu is what seems to have grown – seven entrees in the $12-13 range, including a salmon fettucine Alfredo.

On the other side of Broad Street, at 216, the cafe that used to be Moore’s, then became Downtown George’s when it was bought by George and Suzi Dyer of the South Pine Cafe, is now the Nevada City Classic Cafe. We’ll have to go check out what makes it a classic.

Around the corner on York Street, clued-in Nevada Citians know that the little sliding glass window halfway down the block called Anthony’s Catering is a great place for lunch fare. Noah Bartholomay, who has been managing the kitchen for the past year, is going back to school and owner Eric Anthony Engstrom is back. (Eric has bought a piece of Miner Moe’s Pizza, and says pizza may be available at the York Street counter soon.)

And down the street at Kirby’s Creekside, four Southern Californians have bought that popular restaurant and bar from Kirby Sechovec. Frank Thompson, formerly of the Main Street Cafe, is in as the new executive chef. Look for some Italian dishes to join the menu.

In Grass Valley, fans of Quiznos Sub shops already have figured out that the Nevada County outpost of that national chain has opened at the site of the former Apple Fare restaurant, 121 Neal St., near the Safeway.

And if it’s July, you know what that means. Yes, Karl and Lily will be celebrating Swiss National Day – and summer, too – this Saturday at the Swiss House, 535 Mill St. in Grass Valley. There will be a special dinner menu, and music by the Hannebrinks. Call 273-8272 for details.


Richard Somerville is a restaurant fan and editor of The Union. If you have any restaurant news to share, or have an idea for a Table for Two! restaurant conversation, write him in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945, or e-mail richs@

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Old Town Cafe

110 Mill St., Grass Valley


Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Trolley Junction

at the Northern Queen Inn

400 Railroad Ave., Nevada City


Monday through Wednesday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday and Sunday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Big A Root Beer Drive-In

810 E. Main St., Grass Valley


Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


120 E. Main St., Grass Valley


Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Paulette’s Country Kitchen

11875 Sutton Way, Grass Valley


Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Madonna’s Classic Kitchen & Garden Room

42 N. Main St., Colfax


Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (light suppers); Friday-Sunday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (fine dining)

212 Bistro

The Holbrooke Hotel

212 W. Main St., Grass Valley


Lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily; dinner Monday-Saturday 5-9 p.m., Sunday 5-8:30 p.m.

South Pine Cafe

110 S. Pine St., Nevada City


Monday-Thursday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m.l-3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m.


988 Plaza Drive, Grass Valley


Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-9 p.m.


302 W. Main St., Grass Valley


Dinner Tuesday-Thursday 5-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-9 p.m., Sunday 4-8 p.m., closed Monday.

Asia Regional Asian Lunch & Dinner Bar

239 Commercial St., Nevada City


Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; dinner Wednesday-Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-9 p.m.; closed Sunday-Monday

The Fabulous Tack Room

17356 Penn Valley Drive, Penn Valley


Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner Sunday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-10 p.m.; bar hours 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Earth Song Market & Cafe

135 Argall Way, Nevada City


Cafe hours Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. (self-serve soup/salad/deli).

Pasta Luigi’s Restaurante

760 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley


Dinner 5-9 p.m., seven days

Ike’s Quarter Cafe

401 Commercial St., Nevada City


Breakfast 8 a.m.-3 p.m., lunch 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., seven days

Sergio’s Caffe

154 Mill St., Grass Valley


Lunch 7 days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; dinner Tuesday Thursday 5:8:30, Friday-Saturday 5-9 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday evenings

Charlie’s Angels

145 S. Auburn St., Grass Valley


Breakfast and lunch, 7-2 daily

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