AR-News: (US) Vandals flood historic building

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Thu Aug 14 19:50:06 EDT 2003

[from Sonoma Index-Tribune]

An apparent protest Tuesday night against the creation of a new store on
the Sonoma Plaza may have damaged a carefully-restored adobe building on
First Street West.
Sometime Tuesday night someone broke into 487 First St. W., spray-painting
what appear to be animal rights and anti-foie gras slogans on the walls,
clogging the newly-installed drains with chunks of hard concrete, and then
turning on the faucets and leaving the water running.

Contractor Bill Sweeney and a crew are in the process of converting the
empty storefront into Sonoma Savuer, a specialty food store developed as a
partnership between French-American immigrant Didier Jaubert, San
Francisco chef Laurent Manrique, and Junny and Guillermo Gonzalez, owners
of Sonoma Foie Gras company.

Foie gras is an European delicacy made of fattened goose or duck liver.
Jaubert said that Sonoma Savuer - Sonoma savors - will be a wine bar and
bistro with only one or two menu items featuring foie gras. The store will
highlight Sonoma County cheeses, wines and other local products. "The
business is not about foie gras," Jaubert said.

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