Wine mogul billionaire Bill Foley took over the Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg about a year and a half ago—a move that did not bode well for the two Michelin starred Cyrus restaurant housed therein. It's been eviction notices and lawsuits galore ever since, and while it seemed chef-owner Douglas Keane was going to fight the good fight until the bitter end, an announcement recently revealed that end will come sooner than expected: Cyrus will close its doors on October 29th of this year. Keane says "It's a good thing," and both parties are assuring everyone they've solved their predicaments amicably.
Keane and business partner Nick Peyton still own the rights to the Cyrus name, although there are no immediate plans to resurrect the restaurant elsewhere. Keane is planning to relax and "have fun" for a while before jumping into anything new.
Meanwhile, Foley and friends plan to revamp the hotel's restaurant, creating "a complete luxurious experience for the hotel guests." Fans of Cyrus should visit sometime in September or October, when Keane will offer a tasting menu of Cyrus' greatest hits from its seven years in existence. The famed birthday bong will probably feature heavily in the rotation, and you can check out photographs of many other favorite dishes through the years here in the Eater SF Flickr Pool. Also, take a look at the full announcement about the closure over at Inside Scoop.
· Cyrus closing?! [BiteClubEats]
· Cyrus to be taken over by Hotel Les Mars later this year [Update] [ISSF]
· All Cyrus Coverage [~ ESF ~]