Hamilton Cafe on Track to Reopen

Lease agreement goes before the Novato City Council tonight. Hamilton Forum meets Wednesday to discuss changes to homeowners association bylaws.

On the agenda for tonight's Novato City Council meeting is a request for the council to authorize the city manager to execute a lease agreement with Erika Lisa Schmidt-Peterson for the property formerly known as the Hamilton Cafe.

According to the agenda, Schmidt-Peterson is the current owner of Picante Tacqueria in San Rafael and formerly operated a cafe in San Francisco.

Her co-operator, Leo Correa, has extensive culinary experience as the executive chef at Horizons Restaurant in Sausalito.

They envision the Hamilton Café space as a mid-priced community-serving dining spot along with an informal wine bar. The cuisine served will be an eclectic casual ‘Northern California’ menu that features local ingredients with an emphasis on fish dishes, says the report.

The three-year lease on the 2,360 square foot building and attached deck will be $3,400 per month. 

It's been nearly a year since the . The popular restaurant, which drew diners from outside Novato, and its owner Zoran Matulic have been missed by local residents.  


Hamilton Forum Meeting

Parking restrictions and perimeter wall maintenance are two of the proposed amendments to the Hamilton Field of Marin Association's legal documents that will be the focus of the Wednesday, March 14 meeting of the Hamilton Forum at 7 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room of the Novato Art Center.

A copy of the proposed new bylaws was mailed to association members this month along with a voting ballot.

Flyers have been distributed throught the neighborhoods pointing to two controversial amendments — one reinforcing the policy that would not allow residents to park on their driveways and the other would shift maintenance of neighborhood perimeter walls to the residents that bordered those walls.

HFMA President Patrick Layne and Glenn Youngling, attorney, will present the proposed changes to the Association Bylaws and other documents. Layne and other HFMA Board members have worked with attorney's the past 4 years to develop the current draft of the proposed document revisions. 

Hoopster March 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
We need a good fish house in Novato... bring it on!
Jane Doe March 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I think Hamilton should get its own zip code and be called Hamilton Field, not Novato. Hamilton has a completely different feel and vibe from Novato, plus it's geographically distinct. The freeway signs already say "Hamilton Field", anyway, and if you address something to "Hamilton Field, CA, 94949", it gets there just fine. Why not make it official??
Karen Dionne March 14, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Parking is extremely difficult in Hamilton as the homes are so very close together, the narrow streets and parking on only one side of the street! Some folks have to park way down the street and so do our guests. Perhaps forcing people to park in their garage rather than using it for storage for a lot of stuff they don't need, would help. This is not the "high end" neighborhood we thought it was going to be anyway. Asking the owners to maintain the outside perimeter wall is not a good idea. This is a public viewed wall and some people can hardly take care of their own yard - which, by the way, is not enforced by the HFMA. I don't think these homeowners would have bought these perimeter homes if they thought they would have to pay extra on top of the fees to have it maintained.
Tracey Ruiz March 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Update: Hamilton Forum meeting tonight has been moved to the Hamilton Community Center across the street--due to a larger expected attendance--to discuss the HFMA proposed revisions of the governing documents. The address is 503 Palm Drive.


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