Owner Karen Goldberg has a new restaurant in Corte Madera opening May 14 and a newly approved private dining room at its 477 Miller Ave. space set to open later this year.

The new Tamalpie at 55 Tamal Vista Blvd. in Corte Madera.

Two years ago, after she decided to sell her then-soon-to-debut Mexican restaurant Playa to longtime local residents and restaurateurs Bill and Vanessa Higgins and Peter Schumacher, Mill Valley resident Karen Goldberg returned her attention to the next phase for Tamalpie, the pizzeria and community gathering space she opened at 477 Miller Ave. in January 2012.

PictureThe custom shuffleboard table that patrons can eat around at the new Tamalpie in Corte Madera.

​On May 14, Goldberg turns that next phase into reality as Tamalpie’s second location opens at 55 Tamal Vista Boulevard in Corte Madera, the former home of Brick & Bottle restaurant. The space marks a significant step forward for Tamalpie, which occupies a 1,900-square-foot space on Miller. The Corte Madera location encompasses 4,000 square feet inside and outside, including a 30-foot bar, a custom shuffleboard table that patrons can eat around and an extensive “T*Pie On the Fly” grab-n-go program featuring individual slices.

“It’s exciting to get to the point,” says Goldberg, who designed the original concept for Playa and spearheaded its eventual approval by the Planning Commission in 2014. “When I sold Playa, I decided to stay with my brand of Tamalpie, which is more family friendly and casual. It’s all things for all people that feels like your right at home.”

Goldberg says that because the Corte Madera is so much larger than the Miller Ave. space, multiple pizza ovens and a large grill will allow her to offer a wider range of food, while maintaining the staple of local favorites. Two outdoor patios with fire pits – and the aforementioned long bar – allow for plenty of pre- and post-dinner gathering, she says.

PictureThe T*Pie On the Fly window at the new Tamalpie in Corte Madera.

​As Goldberg readies the new restaurant opening, she also got the green light late last month from the Planning Commission for an expansion of Tamalpie in Mill Valley to include a new 465-square-foot private dining room and a 280-square-foot storage space. Goldberg hopes to open the dining room for private parties and large groups later this year.

The Commission’s hearing drew a number of Tamalpie’s neighbors to express concerns about noise, but City staff recommended that noise issues can be dealt with by applying conditions of approval such as requiring signage imploring patrons to keep noise down. The Commission agreed.

“I appreciate and understand the concerns about noise, but this is a commercial area that is going to generate noise – that is part of having a vibrant town,” Commissioner Urban Carmel said at the hearing.

The 411: Tamalpie opens at 55 Tamal Vista Blvd. on May 14. A private dining room will open later this year at its 477 Miller Ave. location later this year. MORE INFO. Here are photos of the 30-foot-long bar and the outdoor seating area at the new Tamalpie in Corte Madera: