The outside patio at El Paseo. Courtesy image.

For the past twelve months – to the day – since legendary Mill Valley musician Sammy “the Red Rocker” Hagar closed his El Paseo restaurant at 17 Throckmorton Avenue, citing his need to tend to his array of business interests, popular TV show, a new album, concert tour and “to be able to spend more quality time with my family,” the local rumor mill has been abuzz about the next chapter for one of the most revered dining spaces in town.

At last Mill Valley foodies have their answer.

Paseo: A California Bistro, a farm-to-table featuring ingredients sourced within 100 miles, is set to open in the early fall. It’s spearheaded by general manager Kevin Pacotti, a longtime Bay Area marketing consultant and restaurateur on behalf of Cathedral Hill Associates, a hospitality firm owned by longtime Mill Valley resident Ki Yong Choi. 

Pacotti, whose background includes such spots as the Dos Coyotes Border Cafe and the Hotel Mac Restaurant, says the venture will expand El Paseo’s former focus on dinner to include both lunch and dinner 7 days a week, including brunch service on weekends. Pacotti assures the community that the vast majority of the historic exposed brick space – stretching between Throckmorton and Sunnyside avenues and dating back to the original El Paseo opening in 1947 – will remain unchanged, though they plan to update and modernize some of the spaces to accommodate their expanded lunchtime service, offering a brighter interior environment and design.

While these minor renovations take place, Pacotti is in the midst of hiring and training and fine-tuning operations in advance of a hoped-for opening in the early fall. 

Stay tuned for more details.

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