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Fried Chicken Dinner for Two with a green salad, bean cassoulet and chicken gravy from Table Culture Provisions in Petaluma. (The Press Democrat)

It’s been a long, difficult winter as local chefs opened, closed, opened, went on hiatus, and tried everything they could to keep diners entertained. Now, as the spring weather warms and vaccinations increase, we can finally enjoy some outdoor dining together — and maybe even return to some indoor dining before the summer. Here are four Sonoma County restaurants to add to your must-visit list. Click through the above gallery for favorite dishes.

Table Culture Provisions

One of the most exciting new restaurants in Sonoma County launched with a dream and two well-invested stimulus checks.

Longtime Petaluma chef Stéphane Saint Louis, who has worked in some of the world’s top kitchens, says he and business partner and chef Steven Vargas invested their pandemic stimulus checks into electric-car company Tesla as a last resort when they realized their SBA loans simply weren’t going to be available to them during difficult restaurant times.

A $2,400 investment turned into a $17,000 windfall that’s launched not only a forthcoming mobile kitchen, but also a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Petaluma. You might say Tesla put them on the road to success.

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