10/08/2012 12:55:00 PM

Bravas Bar de Tapas to Launch Sonoma’s First Jamon and Cheese Bar

Restaurateurs Terri and Mark Stark
Further proof that despite the impending closure of its top restaurant (Cyrus) the Healdsburg dining scene is heating up comes news of the imminent Bravas Bar de Tapas, a new Spanish-style tapas bar taking over the former Ravenous bungalow. Owners Terri and Mark Stark have already had runaway success with the small-plates format at their other ventures Willi’s Wine Bar and Willi’s Seafood and Wine Bar. 

The forthcoming restaurant, inspired by the couples’ recent trip to Barcelona, will include plenty of Iberian standards (patatas bravas (3 ways), tortilla Española) along with more esoteric offerings (crispy pig ears, oxtail and salsa verde bocadilllos and soft serve ice cream topped with goat’s milk caramel or chocolate-potato crispies), but the highlight will be what the owners insist is Sonoma County’s first ham and cheese bar, where trained “hamboners” will be slicing Jamón Ibérico by hand to order. Iberian-inspired cocktails, sangria, beer and wines will be an integral complement to the extensive tapas menu.

“Bravas” mean “spicy” or “wild”, and like its predecessor Ravenous, the vibe at the new restaurant aims to live up to its convivial name, both in the main dining room, the indoor tapas bar and on the renovated back patio that includes its own full bar, a covered deck and large dining area. Look for a late-October opening.

Bravas Bar de Tapas: opening soon at 420 Center St., Healdsburg


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