If you passed by the old Girasole restaurant recently, you noticed that there’s a whole lot of hammering and sawing and banging going on.
Girasole closed its doors in September to undergo a complete remodel. The owners, Steve and Joanna Vernetti, are combining the space next door to upgrade and expand the kitchen, create a locker area for the staff and to add new restrooms.
The remaining space in the new storefront will be used as a small retail area to sell Italian imported food and kitchen items.
As for the original dining area, it is being renovated and redecorated as well.
When the restaurant reopens in February, it will have a new name: Vernetti. But not to worry, the owners assure us that they will be keeping all the favorite Girasole dishes, but expanding and refreshing the menu at the same time. You will also see the same faces of the staff members from the original Girasole.
The owners want to create a family-friendly restaurant, so they plan to serve family style dinners every Sunday night.
By Sondi Toll Sepenuk