Former two-Michelin-star dining destination Cyrus returns to new Sonoma location after 10-year hiatus


It’s been ten long years since Cyrus was forced to close in Healdsburg, abruptly ending a world-class dining offering from chef Douglas Keane that won two Michelin stars and numerous accolades. But in September, after multiple false starts, Cyrus returns to a new location.

Cyrus was a Bay Area star among foodinistas back when San Francisco proper was only earning several two- and three-star Michelin restaurants. And Keane, along with butler and business partner Nick Peyton, brought old style and new school theatrics to the dining experience, with a caviar cart, cheese cart, mignardise cart (treat after dessert) and an innovative presentation for birthday desserts involving a glass dome and a balloon that deflates to spit chocolate confetti on whatever was inside.

The original Cyrus closed in 2012 amid a dispute with its landlord at Hotel Les Mars in Healdsburg — and it’s been replaced by the more laid-back Chalkboard. Shortly after, Keane made an appearance on Masters of great chefs, and since then he’s opened a short-lived chicken wing spot at Graton Resort & Casino, and he’s opened Two Birds/One Stone with chef Sang Yoon at Freemark Abbey Winery in St. Helena. He also continued to run Healdsburg Bar & Grill with Peyton.

It looks like a theater will be part of the new Cyrus, with a progressive dining program that moves between multiple rooms – and Room 1 will be a lounge with a full bar and caviar and champagne cart. As the Chronicle reports today, there will be some staggered seating each evening for 12 people at a time, with the entire experience taking three and a half hours.

Photo via Cyrus website

The new location, as SFist reported in early 2020, is a glass and concrete building in Geyserville, just a few miles from the original Cyrus. Even without the pandemic intervention, the $5 million construction for the old warehouse was expected to take at least 18 months, so with the opening now slated for September 9, they’re not that far behind.

The Chronicle details other aspects of the build, including an open kitchen with a U-shaped chef’s counter, an aquarium for live lobsters and shrimp, and a Willy Wonka-esque chocolate waterfall wall that will accommodate guests. diners after their last course, when they harvest their sweets.

It’ll be plenty of luxury that’s sure to inspire a few Instagrams, and the experience will be priced at $295 per person, with an additional $250 for optional wine pairings.

Peyton, now 74, will return as butler, telling the Chronicle, “It’s the drug I know.”

The first three nights of dining at Cyrus 2.0, Sept. 9-11, will be perks for Meals on Wheels — and they’ll go on sale, for $5,000 per person, at noon Sunday, June 26, on Meals on Wheels rolling website.

Reservations for the following nights will be available on the Cyrus website starting July 8. And from the beginning of October, several tables will be reserved for walk-in customers each evening at the restaurant.

Cyrus – 275 route 128, Geyserville – Opening September 9


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