September 23, 2022

Mole and More This Week at Petaluma

Steakhouse rumored for Maguire’s former location

Rumors were confirmed this week that a restorer sniffed around the shutters Maguire’s space after Greg Randall posted a photo of a sign for a new restaurant on social media. The sign announces that “Kentucky” an “American kitchen” is coming to this place soon. Rumors still abound about the identity of the new owners, but my sources say it’s a group from San Francisco and it will be a steakhouse.

The building was for sale, which is why Maguire had to leave (unable to pay the rent due to the pandemic shutdown). Last I heard, Maguire’s liquor license had been sold to the new owners of Dempsey’s. If Kentucky is destined to be a steakhouse, hopefully they can find a liquor license, since cocktails have become somewhat synonymous with steakhouse menus. Obtaining a full liquor license is not only difficult to do, but also expensive.

LALA’s tamales

Many of us had to double check when we saw LALA Jam Bar announce that he would be selling tamales, because that’s not what we would normally expect from this “urban farm”. However, one of the owners by Leslie Goodrich assistants, Alma, is originally from Oaxaca and offers his family’s recipe to Petaluma tamale lovers. Alma makes the mole sold in the store. This Saturday, February 26, the tamales will be available in three flavors: chicken with mole sauce, chicken with green sauce and vegetarian with red sauce. Mole is a traditional Mexican marinade and sauce, with Puebla and Oaxaca claiming to be its origin. One thing that sets Alma’s Mole apart from others is that his family adds a small amount of diced apples and bananas, which helps smooth out the chilies and chocolate so they don’t overpower the other flavors. These tasty tamales are available for pickup beginning at 10:00 a.m. at LALA at 720 E. Washington St., next to Lumberjacks. Tamales are three for $10, because who only buys one, and must be pre-ordered by calling the store at 707-773-1083.

In other exciting news, LALA now has its own brand of peanut butter made especially for the store by Handsome Carver’s Nut Butters. We had a chance to try some of Handsome Carver’s wares at the Point Reyes Station Farmer’s Market last fall and absolutely loved it, especially because there are no unnecessary sugars or oils added.


Speaking of mole. The delicacy was there At Meredith Sweet’s mind when she posted on the Petaluma Foodies Facebook page recently.

“It’s my husband’s birthday and he wants a mole! Anyone know a good place that’s open tonight with this on the menu? »

Several suggestions immediately arose.

True Tortilla has great chicken with mole,” said Melissa McGarry.

“In my opinion, Mi Pueblo’s mole is their best dish,” Beth Shepard noted.

And Angela Del Grande offered: “I really appreciated Plaza Tequila’s Mole.”

Meredith and her husband met at the Plaza Tequila proclaiming “…it’s delicious! Great horchata too!”

The courtyard

Considered “…a community of small businesses focused on growing our brands and pursuing success”, The courtyard was first launched by local mother/son real estate agents Kathleen Rose Stafford and Jesse Stafford last summer to help small local sellers reach a wider audience. We missed last year Lucchesi Park events, but we were very impressed when we passed by The Yard’s new location in Walnut Park a few weeks ago. They’re hosting another event this Sunday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Walnut Park will once again be filled with nearly 80 vendors, offering everything from clothing to jewelry to homewares, plus several vendors of food, such as Myriad Coffee. , Sweeter than Honey Bakery, Lucky Pop Kettle Corn, Renee’s Baking, JES Plant Based, Scone Rollin’, Tacos Don Pepe, Crunchies & Munchies, Kona Ice, Indian Village Eats, Tacos San Juan, Brigachero and Rusty Hinges Ranch.

Where’s the corned beef?

the Penngrove Social Fire Department announced this year’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Feed for Saturday, March 12, 3-6 p.m. Barring any changes due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be both on-site and take-out, at Penngrove Pavilion, 385 Woodward Ave. Dinner will be prepared by the volunteer kitchen team and will include corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12, with a hostless bar and desserts for $1 each, so bring extra cash. Tickets will be available at the door, but best to purchase in advance by visiting

“All proceeds help maintain the Penngrove Fire Department Social Lodge and Penngrove Park, for the benefit of the community. The PSF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.