Cetrella says it’s closing until May

Posted by on Tue, January 6, 2009

The Chron reports that Cetrella is going on winter hiatus.

Owner Dave Labuda closed the restaurant on Monday. He plans to reopen on May 1.

"Half Moon Bay is a seasonal town, and our big seasons are spring, summer and fall. So we decided with the recession to shut down for the winter," said the restaurant’s manager for marketing and advertising Jennifer Kyriakakis.

Since Labuda owns the building, he doesn’t have to worry about hanging on to the space.

About 40 people have been let go, with a couple of employees and the general manager staying on the schedule events for the reopening. Chef Blair Warsham will not be returning.

while I’m sad the restaurant is temporarily shutting down, I am glad that it will be coming back. I do enjoy stopping by for drinks and good music on the way home.

The bar at Cetrella is one of our favorite spots on the Coastside, mostly because the live jazz was always so good. This is a big loss.

I’m not sure what’s involved in closing a restaurant down for four months and then reopening with a new staff, but I’m concerned about how this is going to play out.