South Palm Drive at Hamilton is closed today, Nov. 16, while a new 1,200-gallon grease interrupter, commonly referred to as a grease trap, is installed outside the site of the former Hamilton Cafe.
The cafe site is under new ownership and plans to reopen soon as Beso, a bistro and wine bar.
According to senior management analyst Tom Adams with the city of Novato, the Novato Sanitary District asked for an enlarged capacity unit in order to keep grease out of their system.
"The sanitary district presented a number of options to us," said Adams, "and this seemed to be the best."
According to Tim Koeppel with Gotelli Plumbing, the original grease trap was significantly smaller at a 100-pound capacity. Koeppel added that a crane was brought in to lift the unit over the trees and set it in place, below-ground, outside the back patio of the restaurant.
Koeppel added that the work should be completed later Friday.
"We have to beat the rain," he said.