The Golden Egg Omelet House is known for delivering old-time favorites with a new twist. The restaurant, opened since…More the 1970s, serves up home-style breakfast items, making it an ideal stopping point for out-of-towners looking for a taste of home. Old-fashioned hash browns aside, it also serves up freshly squeezed orange juice, locally roasted organic coffee and a full bar serving cold draft beer. Sundays and holidays tend to be busy, so expect a short wait in the late morning.
The restaurant was severely burned during a fire at an adjacent business in 2003, and the remodel took several years to complete. The restaurant changed ownership in 2008 and was opened at night as the Grant Avenue Bar & Grill while continuing as the Golden Egg during mornings and lunch hours. In early 2010 it became Old Town Bistro, but in October 2010 the ownership decided to switch back to the original name.
Olompali State Historic Park 8901 Redwood Hwy, Novato, CA94945 Olompali is a sacred site for both Native Americans and hippies from the Haight-Ashbury days. The park is located three…More miles north of the Novato city limits on the eastern slope of Mount Burdell and only accessible from southbound Highway 101. Evidence of the presence of the Coast Miwok tribe, called the Southern People (Olompali), dates to 6,000 B.C. The tribe lived here until the 1850s and their descendants are still a recognized and organized group in the North Bay area. Many artifacts can be seen at the park as well as at the nearby Marin Museum of the American Indian. In the late 1960s, the Olompali land was privately owned and became a cultural gathering spot and commune. The Grateful Dead played here regularly. A fire at the house led to the commune's closing in 1969. Many artifacts were saved but have yet to be put on display. The park was opened as a state historic park in 1990. Today it features a small museum, a bookstore, picnic tables and hiking trails.
The Novato Theater Company, a fixture for more than 90 years under various names, settled into a new home in 2006…More after several years of bouncing around from venue to venue, but it is hunting for a home again as of summer 2012.
And as it seeks a permanent venue, it is refering to itself as NTC to differentiate it from the effort to renovate the long-closed Novato Theater on Grant Avenue. Community theater company is unrelated to the nonprofit seeking to fix up and reopen the old movie house.
NTC spent decades putting on shows at the venerable Novato Community House (built in 1924), but it was red-tagged by a fire marshal in 2004 for not being up to code. Rendered homeless, the troupe eventually struck a temporary deal with the owners of the Pacheco Plaza shopping center in Ignacio and entered into an updated contract in 2009. As of July 2012, the company moved out of the playhouse and is seeking a new home base, even looking outside of Novato. The shows go on, however, with several planned for a temporary location in San Rafael in fall 2012.
The group, which changed its name from the Novato Community Players in 2004, puts on top-quality shows with talent from the North Bay and beyond. It has a seven-member board of directors and dozens of regular performers, sponsors and annual subscribers. Each season has at least four plays or musicals that run for several weeks at a time, and other events are regularly held at the theater.