Tofanelli’s Restaurant sold, few changes expected |

Tofanelli’s Restaurant sold, few changes expected

Tofanelli’s Restaurant in downtown Grass Valley has been sold and no major changes are expected for the West Main Street establishment, except for extended hours.

Owner Frank Herwatt said he has sold the restaurant to G. Frank Cooney and Susan Purdy, a Bay Area couple who will retain the Tofanelli name.

Purdy started the Golden Egg Omelet House chain in 1974 and sold them after they became established in the Bay Area, Reno, and Redding. She and Cooney now own the Golden Egg Omelet House in Novato, which turns into the Grand Avenue Bar and Grill for dinner.

“What attracted us to Tofanelli’s was the patio,” Purdy said Monday. “I’m not buying the restaurant to change it, we just want to maximize it.”

That means Tofanelli’s will be open seven days a week for all three meals. Purdy said breakfast will be advertised as “Breakfast at Toff’s” and will feature her extensive Omelet House menu until 3 p.m. Lunch and dinner will include the same menu of fresh California cuisine now being served at Tofanelli’s, with some additions, Purdy said.

The sale is pending a 60-day escrow and exchange of the liquor license, according to current owner Frank Herwatt. Herwatt said he is ready to retire after five years in the business he has owned with his wife, Kathleen.

Herwatt said his daughter, Jennifer Trujillo, was also active in the restaurant with her husband Carlos Trujillo, who is the chef. Jennifer is currently studying to become a teacher and was pondering a career change anyway, Herwatt said.

Herwatt was unsure if Carlos will stay as chef, but Purdy said she hopes to retain the current staff and then add on to it to accommodate the extended hours.

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