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A new pizza restaurant is planned for 615 E. Washington St. in Petaluma. The new restaurant will take over Suite B, which was previously home to Rafy’s Pizza in the shopping center neighboring Whole Foods Market. Owners Pat and Laura Townsley, who are operating under Stonework Pizza & Tap LLC, confirm that they will likely open in February 2022.
While the pending beer and wine license will take a couple months to clear with the state of California, the space is currently getting updated with a fresh new look for its new tenants. The menu will feature artisanal, gourmet New York-style slices in addition to appetizers and salads made with locally sourced ingredients.
The pizzas will be hand-pressed, cooked, and served on individual pizza stones, hence the name “Stonework.” Plans to craft house-made stoneground breads are also in consideration.
A primary focus for this family-owned restaurant is to embrace all that Petaluma has to offer, and as a result will have a selection of Sonoma-centric beverages. In addition to local Sonoma wines, there are plans to have taps from local breweries such as Russian River, Lagunitas, and more.
Pat co-owns and operates Creekside Pizza & Taproom in Marin County but notes that the new Petaluma restaurant is a completely separate venture. They recognize that Petaluma is very community focused, so this is something they want to emphasize at this new restaurant, which may debut with a different name other than “Stonework Pizza & Tap” come opening. Until then, plans are being kept low-key while everything is gets sorted out.
“We are excited to open a Petualuma original restaurant experience next door to our dear friends at Pink Owl Coffee, the all-new Bistro 201 Pervuvian Cuisine and Whole Food Market,” Laura says.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that both Pat and Laura Townsley own and operate Creekside Pizza & Taproom. While Laura does work there, Pat owns Creekside with business partner and chef, Janet Abrahamson.