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Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 3:20 pm

Stark restaurant group purchases Italian Affair building


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    SANTA ROSA — Stark Reality Restaurants, the Santa Rosa-based group that owns several of Sonoma County’s best-known dining spots, recently purchased the building at 1055 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa, which previously housed now-shuttered Italian Affair.

    Terri Stark, who runs the group with her husband, executive chef Mark Stark, told the Business Journal that the group bought the building for an undisclosed sum. It plans to open a new restaurant, though details on what type have not yet emerged.

    The building, just past Brookwood on Fourth Street, is 4,650 square feet and the transaction was completed April 7.

    Stark Reality Restaurants also owns and operates Willi’s Wine Bar, Monti’s Rotisserie, and Stark’s Steak & Seafood in Santa Rosa and Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar and Bravas Bar de Tapas in Healdsburg.

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    1. May 28, 2014, 7:09 pm

      by Jane

      When did Italian Affair close?

    2. May 29, 2014, 3:44 pm

      by CC

      Great. Another overpriced restaurant that most people won’t be able to afford. Just what Santa Rosa needs.

    3. May 29, 2014, 3:52 pm

      by Don Prial

      Can’t wait for this new effort by the Starks in Santa Rosa. We’ve enjoyed every place they’ve opened over the years, and a Fourth Street location will prove to be yet another excellent reason to bring our dining dollars downtown.

    4. May 29, 2014, 4:09 pm

      by Ned

      Seafood please!!!

    5. May 29, 2014, 8:33 pm

      by Brooke Clyde

      Interesting. Does Monti’s move there? If not, what goes in that doesn’t eat into (ha ha) Monti’s business? Burger? Pizza?
      They seem to have a touch … Can’t wait to see what happens.

    6. May 30, 2014, 4:11 pm

      by Robert

      Sorry to learn the Italian Affair has closed. I just loved the Veal Scallopini entree. Best in Sonoma County.

      Fortunately the Starks have great experience and success and I am sure their new adventure will equally be successful.

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