No Hope for Southern Pacific Smokehouse

Collateral sale Jan. 9 will include all restaurant fixtures and equipment. Other business news: Boca Steak reviewed, Thai Bistro for sale and Sol Food of San Rafael puts the no in Novato.

Hopes of a quick-turnaround on a new restaurant in place of the closed appear to be completely dashed. 

In the legal notice section of the print version of the , a “Notification of Sale of Collateral” says that the furnishings, fixtures and equipment of Southern Pacific Smokehouse at Vintage Oaks shopping center will be sold on-site at 8 a.m. Jan. 9.

The notice began running Dec. 31, four days after the closure was announced on Facebook.  Inquiries regarding the sale are to be directed to Eric Tausend at 415-954-4400.

Now that it's less likely that another ownership group will sweep in and keep it open as a restaurant, what do you think ought to move into that spot? Add a comment below.


A review of in the Marin IJ should get the word out about one of the best restaurants in Novato. The meal started off well for reviewer, Tanya Henry, who was “smitten” with the homemade pickles that come as an appetizer. Henry called the 12-ounce asado ribeye "perfectly executed" and also reviewed the ravioli with chicken and the yellowfin tuna.

That's good to know because in all my trips to Boca, it never occurred to me to order anything but one of their delectable grass-fed steaks. 

It should be noted that Boca has one of the happiest Happy Hours in town, judging by the lively crowd. Another great deal is on Tuesdays when customers can get 50 percent off full bottles and half bottles from the extensive wine list.


News from skimming the Craigslist ads shows that is listed for sale at a price of $65,000 after 16 years of operation in its location in the beleaugered Square shopping center. The transition comes less than six months after Villa Roma Sourdough Pizza, a west Novato mainstay for more than three decades, shut down a few doors away.

The Thai Bistro listing says the 2,000-square-foot eatery has a beer and wine license, fully-equipped kitchen, permits, licenses, equipment and inventory and rents at $2,800 a month. The agent is Maria Neff at 415-699-9393.


Will the popular San Rafael eatery Sol Food expand into Novato? 

Maybe Novato Patch was asked to follow-up on this or maybe we were hungry and initiated the call, but a long-awaited and unsigned e-mail reply from the establishment said that while they are flattered, Sol Food is not looking for new locations and only delivers as far as Marinwood. The score is 3-0 with San Rafael locations shutting out Novato.

For more info on their newest takeout-only eatery, La Bodega, click on this to a San Rafael Patch article.

Miguel A Paredes January 07, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Miguel A Paredes III I'm sad to see Thai Bistro go. It had exquisite French Thai dishes that left your palate yearning for more. " Location, location, location " my Realtor mind feels is the blame for the loss of a great restaurant.
Tracey Ruiz January 07, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Eric Tausend, the attorney for the secured party (landlord) wants to clarify that the property at Southern Pacific Smokehouse is being foreclosed on in order to cover the debt. The furnishings, fixtures and equipment are being sold all together. Tausend said $80,000 is the value. The winning bid must be paid in cash or certified funds. The landlord is owed up to $2 million in unpaid rent and future rents discounted for present value. The landlord/secured party has the right to credit bid up to the amount of the debt.
Christine January 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Do your research Mr. Realtor...Thia Bistro is still open.
Giovanna Bernhard January 11, 2012 at 05:15 PM
we bought gift certificates at Costo when the Smokehouse 1st opened, we have 2 x $50 gift certificates left over.....can we use them anywhere else? I heard Finnigans is giving 50c to the $1 for them is that true? What a waste of money that was! Too bad Smoke house had to close, it was in a great location and had a good happy hour. Another eatery bites the dust in Novato! What a dead place this is!!!
Abe January 12, 2012 at 02:21 AM
I wonder if Costco would let you return them?


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