K&L Goes XL

When Sebastopol’s Barlow development got underway last year, there was talk that downtown restaurants would suffer as the masses headed to the shiny new project and its ample parking. But if K&L Bistro was feeling any trepidation, you wouldn’t know it now. The 12-year-old restaurant just completed an extensive renovation, and the place looks reborn. Owners Karen and Lucas Martin (K&L, get it?) had long been eyeing the knitting shop next door. Thanks to an improving economy and a friendly landlord, they broke down the walls to add some needed space. The restaurant reopened
May 26.

The restaurant tripled in size and is now 3,200 square feet with space for a hundred diners. There’s a gorgeous, 26-foot-long copper bar (and a new full liquor license), an oyster bar, booth seating and outdoor dining. The tiny kitchen got an upgrade too.

The restaurant’s menu of bistro classics, however, remains largely the same, but there is now an eclectic bar menu (i.e., corned beef tongue sliders, Korean fried chicken, pork belly and watermelon salad) and nine craft beers on tap.

Is Lucas Martin worried about the Barlow siphoning away business?

K&L Bistro, 19 S. Main St., Sebastopol. 707.823.6614. klbistro.com.

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