The Alpine Inn, the Portola Valley beer garden and burger haven also known as Rossotti's, has new owners: Deke and Lori Hunter of the Hunter 1988 Revocable Trust.
A set of remodeling plans at Town Hall lists the trust as owner of the property at 3915 Alpine Road – home to the Alpine Inn and to roadhouses of some kind or another since 1868, according to a bronze plaque outside the restaurant. (The one-story building has long been designated as a historic structure, thereby protecting its exterior from modification.)
The Hunters bought the property in December, the previous owner, Geri Alexander of the Alexander family, said in an email.
Greg St. Claire, president of the San Carlos-based Avenir Restaurant Group, which owns three Peninsula restaurants – Town in San Carlos, Milagros in Redwood City, and Nola in Palo Alto – will be involved to ensure that the transfer in ownership "is a smooth transition," Alexander said.
St. Claire could not immediately be reached for comment.
Signs on the doors say the restaurant is closed but set to reopen on March 1.
The remodeling will be overseen by Woodside architect Stevan Patrick, according to plans submitted Feb. 6 at Town Hall. The tasks to be undertaken include repairing dry rot in the bar, the kitchen, the floors and the walls; adding accessibility features, including ramps, handrails and automatic doors; and replacing residential-grade equipment with commercial-grade equipment.
The list of equipment to be replaced includes the deep fat fryer, the range, three refrigerators, the griddle and the beer dispenser.
The historic features of the restaurant include the saloon doors out front and a beer cooler, the plans say.