Willi's Wine Bar (Photo/Instagra @williswinebar)
Willi's Wine Bar (Photo/Instagra @williswinebar)

Grossman’s Noshery owners celebrate 20 years in the biz

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The owners of Santa Rosa’s Grossman’s Noshery & Bar recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the opening of their first restaurant, Willi’s Wine Bar.

Willi’s was the first restaurant opened by what would come to be known as the Stark Reality Restaurant Group, owned by Jewish restaurateur Terri Stark and her husband, Mark Stark. (The original Willi’s was destroyed in the 2017 Tubbs Fire five years ago, later reopening in a new Santa Rosa location.)

Together, the Starks went on to open seven restaurants, including Grossman’s, a Jewish deli that opened right at the beginning of the pandemic.

The Starks celebrated with an anniversary party at Willi’s late last month. Fans of the restaurant were invited to share favorite memories over social media, and 20 submitters plus guests were chosen in a drawing to attend the party.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."