News of wine mogul and self-made billionaire Bill Foley's purchase of the Les Mars Hotel in downtown Healdsburg broke earlier this week. As many of you know, the building that houses Les Mars is also home to Michelin-starred Cyrus, which has a long-term lease agreement to stay put. And even though the hotel and the restaurant operate under entirely different management, Cyrus chef Douglas Keane and his team have fielded numerous questions and concerns regarding the sale of the hotel and whether it would affect the restaurant or not. To prevent rumors spiraling out of control as they do, Keane has issued this statement in the hopes of putting the restaurant community at ease.
Douglas Keane, Chef and Co-Owner of Cyrus, Healdsburg’s two Michelin star restaurant, issued the following statement on the recent sale of Les Mars Hotel to winery owner Bill Foley.
“Cyrus has and continues to be a stand-alone restaurant, entirely independent of Les Mars Hotel. While the new ownership structure may be a positive change for the hotel, it will not affect our business, or the Cyrus experience, in any way.”
About Cyrus: Steps from the Plaza in Healdsburg, California, Cyrus features acclaimed Chef Douglas Keane’s definitive culinary style of “Contemporary Luxury,” a sophisticated cuisine with strong classic French influences, modern global accents and an emphasis on seasonality. Orchestrated by legendary Maître d’Hôtel Nick Peyton, Cyrus presents classic, gracious service in a setting of approachable glamour. Cyrus has received four stars from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Michael Bauer and two stars from The Michelin Guide.
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