With a strong belief in well-integrated food systems, Chandi's Hospitality Group's MERCATO delights in being a destination to meet family, friends, and neighbors, while enjoying great fresh pasta with farmer’s market produce and, in doing so, supporting the local economy and protecting the environment.
Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday
...does a market of locally sourced foods (cheese, olive oils, foods) serve people who enjoy coming to Santa Rosa’s Downtown?
We believe that Santa Rosa’s Downtown should reflect the best of Sonoma County. We’re lucky to live in an area that produces such rich bounty, and we realized that piece was missing from Downtown. So when the idea was proposed to stock our market with fresh local cheeses, produce, and pasta made in-house…the answer was an obvious one.
...was the process of transitioning from a burger joint to a pasta restaurant and fresh food market?
(NOTE: MERCATO was previously Bibi's Burger Bar)
It was surprisingly easy. We are really happy with the layout we chose which allows restaurant guests to dine without being interrupted by market shoppers. The restaurant side already had a full kitchen, so we just added a few necessities such as our machines to make fresh pasta, espresso, and gelato. As for our market - we wanted to ensure it had fresh unique items sourced from local purveyors, so it took time to develop relationships with local farms/businesses & learn what items were best.