Chalk Board Bistro, With Former Va de Vi Chef, Replacing Cyrus in Healdsburg

The former Cyrus, in the Hotel Les Mars.

For those wondering what was going on with the dormant former Cyrus space — the subject of a lengthy restaurant-vs-landlord battle that ended in a quiet settlement last year, with Cyrus departing — the answer arrives today. Chalk Board Bistro is the name, and as BiteClub reports, it's going to be an "upscale casual" spot that is more "approachable" in the eyes of the landlord, Bill Foley. Foley also owns Chalk Hill winery, hence the name, and daily specials will be on a chalk board. One of the disputes with Cyrus, as you may recall, had to do with the restaurant not being able to provide room service to the hotel guests upstairs, so that's likely in the cards here too. The chef is Shane McAnelly, the former executive chef of Va de Vi in Walnut Creek, who left in December. The ETA on this remains unclear. [BiteClub]