Northern California has been a little shaky lately from a string of earthquakes and aftershocks — several centered just east of San Francisco and the largest, a 6.5er on Saturday, centered off the coast of Eureka. Grub Street contacted Eureka restaurateur Beverly Wolfe, who along with chef husband Ron Garrido were veterans of the 1980’s food scene in San Francisco, working under Jeremiah Tower at Stars before opening Avalon in Eureka ten years ago. Wolfe said the damage to her restaurant, and to most others in town, was minimal. “It happened right before dinner, at 4:32 p.m. We lost power for the night, and a lot of plateware in the kitchen, and about fifteen or twenty bottles from the bar. We were pretty lucky.”
Avalon’s bartender had luckily stepped out from behind the bar to answer the phone just a seconds before the quake struck, saving him from a pelting by bottles.
Wolfe also noted that with the power out Saturday night throughout Old Town, where most of the restaurants are located, the only restaurant to stay open was McDonald’s, and they did a booming business.
Avalon is back to business as usual and is offering 10% off to all diners who had reservations that night and missed out on dinner. Similarly, Mazzotti’s Ristorante was open today and weathering the Monday lunch rush with minimal damage.
Geologists are predicting a second quake or aftershock in the Eureka area this week, and are reminding everyone in Northern California to get their earthquake quits ready.