Will Fitch Mountain Eddie's be saved?
By CLARK MASON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Fitch Mountain Eddie’s, a family restaurant in Healdsburg, is losing its lease and will have to close, its owner said Wednesday.
After almost two decades, the eatery popular with locals will go out of business for good if a new site can’t be found.
“People are upset. They have been coming here forever,” said Cathy Arteaga, the owner/manager of the restaurant known for a less-pricey menu and alternative fare to the haute cuisine that’s proliferated in Healdsburg.
“A lot of local people meet at Eddie’s every morning and have for 20 years,” said patron Nancy Lyle. “Why does this have to happen? What a shame that one more local favorite is being forced to leave our friendly home town.”
Fitch Mountain Eddie’s, located at the corner of Healdsburg and March avenues, is in a building next to Big John’s Market.
Grocery store owner John Lloyd, who also owns the restaurant site, wants to tear down the building to create more parking, according to Arteaga. Lloyd did not respond to a call Wednesday seeking comment.
“I don’t think it’s about money, he would have said,” Arteaga said. “He told me he needed it for parking.”
She is sad and so are her dozen employees and many more customers, most of whom she knows by first name. She said she holds no grudge and understands that Lloyd is looking our for his business.
Fitch Mountain Eddie’s has until June 20 at its current location and will keep serving breakfast, lunch and dinners — all manner of burgers, sandwiches and salads, biscuits and gravy, omelettes and waffles.
“If we find a place we can afford to move to, we will definitely move,” she said. “We’ve been looking for the past six months and haven’t found a place to afford,” she said.
In the meantime, Arteaga, who formerly owned Uruapan Restaurant in Petaluma, is planning another restaurant in that town.
In January, she will open “Zocalos” at the corner of McDowell and Lakeville Highway, offering Mexican, Puerto Rican and Nicaraguan dishes.