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Smokehouse's Replacement: Hopmonk Tavern

Dean Biersch to bring his popular eatery, music venue and biergarten to Novato after success in Sebastopol and Sonoma.

Vintage Oaks shopping center will have a new marquee tenant soon: Hopmonk Tavern.

How does that sound?

The is reporting that Dean Biersch, a co-founder of the Gordon Biersch brewing empire, is going to take over the vacant spot previously home to the short-lived Southern Pacific Smokehouse on the shopping center's west side, within view of Highway 101.

Is this a good fit for Novato? Are music fans happy? Are beer fans happy? Are foodies happy?

Share your thoughts below.

Anne July 08, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I hear Burger King has sweet potato fries now, and I bet they have a not too pricey grilled chicken sandwich too. Of course, the ambiance isn't quite the same... but hey, you get what you pay for. Seriously!
novato resident July 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
$9.95 x 2 = not $14! I think there's room for both, and if you've been to the other Hopmonk's you would see why. Looking forward to the new place.
Anne July 09, 2012 at 08:12 PM
We have more than enough "family-friendly" places in Novato, in fact, that's all there is. We need more local venues for adults to go out and enjoy themselves, hear some good live music, even dance!
Brent Ainsworth July 11, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Tell me, Jam, what does Novato need?
Rene November 03, 2012 at 03:19 AM
does anyone know when they are opening in Novato? Can't wait!

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