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Sol Food Slated to Open in Mill Valley

The popular San Rafael restaurant will open on 401 Miller Ave. in February 2013.

It’s official. Sol Food is coming to Mill Valley. 

The popular San Rafael restaurant is slated for 401 Miller Ave., in the space recently vacated by Second Breakfast. It will open in February and offer about 20 seats with counter service, eat-in, take-out, pickup and delivery options, along with the same menu as owner Sol Hernandez three other locations, she said in an email. 

Hernandez started the eatery at the San Rafael Farmers market, and it's continued to grow since she opened the first restaurant in 2004. There's currently one location at 901 Lincoln Avenue commonly referred to the “Big Place” with communal tables. A block away at 732 Fourth Street, is the “Small Place” with limited counter seating. A third, “La Bodega” opened in February 2011. It boasts the biggest kitchen with no seating and is focused on take-out orders and pre-made food. Last week Sol Food also opened Conchita, a retail store specializing in gifts and home accessories.

The Mill Valley restaurant will be the latest addition to the Sol Food family, and the first location outside San Rafael. When asked about plans to continue to expand Hernandez said there’s “not anything concrete.”

So, why Mill Valley?

“Years of customers begging!” Hernandez said. “Just kidding. It seemed like the logical next step for Sol Food.”

She said the complex behind the Marin Theater Company on Miller Ave is affordable and in a good area, and she’s not worried about any concerns the previous tenant may have had about the visibility of the location.

“We appreciate the warm welcome we’ve received from neighbors and people who work at the building and planning department,” Hernandez said. “We look forward to having a great business in Mill Valley.”

Are you excited to have a Sol Food opening in Mill Valley? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Rita Rosenbaum November 28, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Yay! So happy to have Sol Food in Mill Valley
jody1 November 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Wahoooooo!!!
Stacey Carder November 28, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sol Food has such a loyal following in Marin and beyond that the somewhat obscure location shouldn't be a problem. In fact, it will likely benefit the other merchants in that space. Welcome, Sol Food-can't wait!
Deedee TAft November 28, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Yay!!! Woohoo! Can't. Wait! We will totally support it!
Sylvia "Chipps" Newsom Barsky November 28, 2012 at 05:43 PM
This is fantastic! What a great addition to our town!
Becky Steere November 28, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Wonderful news!!!
Rebecca Chapman November 28, 2012 at 06:57 PM
yipee!!!!!!!!!!!
shauna heidenreich November 28, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Awesome! So excited!!
teresa November 28, 2012 at 09:15 PM
My prayers have been answered :)
Barbara Bauer November 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Great news!
George Gordon November 29, 2012 at 05:55 PM
does anyone know the date to open?
L. Haugen November 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
YAY! Finally! It's gonna be a MOB SCENE over there, but thank goodness!!
Tracy H. November 30, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Wow. Thrilled to be able to buy her delicious food within walking distance of my house after years of regular pilgrimages to San Rafael.
Gilda Harger December 01, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Que Fantastico!! Here's to.adding more "Sol" to Mill Valley - Bienvenidos!!!
Christine HdC December 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
When Sol from Sol Food said "years of begging" she wasn't kidding!! We are all so excited she will be coming to Mill Valley!
Lisa December 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Yay..MV Sol Foods!
Nubia E Garcia February 14, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Que Rico ..! is about time.. I was getting tired of driving to SR and Never finding any parking.. So, Welcome to Mill Valley. Your food is just Great..

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