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New restaurant coming soon to Calistoga: Local Q 707 to replace Mary's Home Plate

New restaurant coming soon to Calistoga: Local Q 707 to replace Mary's Home Plate


Local favorite Mary’s Home Plate Café has closed its doors, but a new restaurant will be opening soon in its place.

The popular Riverlea Square restaurant has been for sale for a few years, and is being purchased by new owners Matt Freese and Rob Sereni.

Freese recently retired as sergeant from the Calistoga Police Department after 28 years, and Sereni is a local caterer who has been bringing Local Q 707, his family-run barbecue and catering company, to the Farmer’s Market in Calistoga for the past few years.

The new restaurant, also called Local Q 707, will offer smoked meat from its own slow cooker. The menu will also feature burgers, sandwiches and other standard fare, Freese said. They hope to open their doors in a couple of weeks.

Mary's was a casual, popular, home-style cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. The new owners hope to maintain the same kind of reputation and popularity among locals and visitors.

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Cynthia Sweeney has been editor of The Weekly Calistogan since July, 2018. Previously, she was a reporter for the St. Helena Star, and North Bay Business Journal. She also spent a significant amount of time freelancing in Hawaii.

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