We often get photographs from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, and we have started featuring them on the site in a series called Eyes on the Street, in honor of our hero, Jane Jacobs.
“New restaurant in Somona space. Was told it was new owners, the owners of RusTeak.” – Jenna Halliwell
Miss Halliwell is correct, according to restaurant staff that we spoke with, the Sonoma Kitchen (Facebook | Website) in Thornton Park has been purchased by the owners of Rusteak (Website | Facebook) in College Park. The new name of the restaurant is the Stubborn Mule (Facebook), and it is located at 100 S. Eola Drive [GMap].
Operating hours are 4-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m-9 p.m. Sunday.
The original staff was retained during the switch, but the menu has already been changed, as you can see below.
We received the following quote from the new owner:
“Our plan is to quietly transition Sonoma Kitchen into a new concept. Our new concept is called The Stubborn Mule. The new concept will be a “baby brother” to RusTeak. It will have a fun and polished atmosphere with a huge focus on Moscow Mules, craft cocktails, craft beers and a great wine selection. Our food menu will have fun New American twists. We will continue to source locally and be a scratch kitchen much like The Stubborn Mules big sis RusTeak.
We inherited a great staff and plan to re-train the team before launching the new brand. Our target grand opening celebration will be Thursday September 1st. Thank you again!” – Jonathan Canonaco
The photos below were also sent by Bungalower reader, Jenna Halliwell.