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Running toward the past at Grossman’s Deli in downtown Santa Rosa, Railroad Square

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Excitement builds as you start the walk towards the front door of the restaurant. Maybe you are getting out of your car and you notice your anticipation just a bit. Maybe your tummy is growling and you’re just thinking about a quick meal. Maybe you are out shopping for the holidays and a great meal is part of the big day. Maybe you’re going to meet your friends and you’re happy. The moment you open the door the smells, sounds and sights can be a thrilling part of the dining out experience. Heading to the new Grossman’s Noshery & Bar in Railroad Square would get anyone’s heart pumping and spirits rising.

The regular walks from where you’ve been to the front door of where you are going occur constantly and all the time but sometimes, both walks towards the kitchen and walks with intention towards great cuisine destinations can become renown if you are curious about what’s cookin.’ The 4 blocks in Epernay between Moet and Mercier is epic. Galatoire’s to Lafitte’s Blacksmith for a nightcap in NOLA is always one giant laughing fit. One walk, the shortest one, is apropos of Grossman’s Noshery.

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Santa Rosa author revisits local cafe history in novel ’Classic Grill’

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Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

In some families, elders tell their grandchildren fairy tales or share children’s classics, but Nancy Econome and her little sister grew up on stories about the restaurant business.

During the first half of the 20th century, various members of her Greek immigrant family ran restaurants in Santa Rosa, Vallejo and Napa, all called The Classic Grill.

“My grandparents didn’t know how to read us stories in English, so they shared their reminiscences,” the Santa Rosa writer recalled of her childhood in Sacramento.

While her grandfather ran the Classic Grill in Vallejo, her great-uncle operated the downtown Santa Rosa version, which stood on Fourth Street, near where the Santa Rosa Plaza shopping center is now. She set her debut novel “The Classic Grill” in Vallejo during World War II but drew details from both locations.

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