Meet the new owner of Stonehouse in Nevada City

13100843_10207331375577594_1878357671994524285_nThis is the Stonehouse’s new owner, San Francisco entrepreneur Jon Rowe. This cool photo is from Jon’s Facebook page, where we’re Facebook friends.

This blog was the first to write about Jon purchasing the historic building in downtown Nevada City, and I’m excited about the planned renovation (scroll down to “Stonehouse” in these documents filed with the Planning Commission). Jon’s friends are excited too: “I can’t wait to see what you do with the place!” writes one on Facebook.

“It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to open a farm to table restaurant, and I hope to make the new Stonehouse a centerpiece and reflection of the local community,” Jon has said.

As part of his commitment to supporting Nevada City’s community, the renovation of the building will feature a rustic-modern design using local and reclaimed materials as well as decor and furnishings sourced from local artists, designers, and craftsmen.

All of The Stonehouse’s food and beverage offerings will focus on local, organic ingredients and cuisine, as Rowe plans to host a range of well-known chefs in order to maintain a changing, seasonal menu throughout the year.

Renovation plans also include a Tesla charging station to help support the electric vehicle movement as well as a rooftop solar power installation.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

12 thoughts on “Meet the new owner of Stonehouse in Nevada City”

  1. Can’t happen soon enough. A welcome addition to our downtown culinary scene. I wonder if he will continue with entertainment?

  2. Welcome!!
    I am excited about having ambience and great food at the Stonehouse.
    So happy
    You are doing this!
    Harriet Diamond
    PS I would like to interview you for KVMR.

  3. The worst thing about Tesla is the proprietary nature of their charging plugs, even though they supply all Tesla owners with an adaptor cable for charging at industry standard J1772 charging stations. They’ve basically made their car plugs with the same ideology Apple makes iPhone plugs.

    By installing a Tesla charger and not a high ampere J1772 (assembled locally in Auburn btw Mr. farm to table) that can charge a Tesla at the same speed as an OEM charger, the owner is implying he’s ignorant at best.

    I’d suggest the owner stop by the Clipper Creek headquarters in Auburn on his way back to the city and try the J1772 demo unit for Teslas. Nevada County has a huge problem with electric vehicle infrastructure, and although there are many EV owners in our county, not all of them own a Tesla. Installing proprietary charging stations to “support the electric vehicle movement” will do anything but.

    1. The thing is that Tesla is paying for, or providing, the charging stations at their expense.
      Assuming non-Tesla owners are not paying for the electricity or subsidizing the cost of the charging stations; why should other people allowed free energy for their non-Tesla vehicles?

      1. What we are experiencing here is the beginning of a market and its relatively normal that here is a little confusion. Tesla builds or allows others to build their own charging network. They are doing this to provide convenience for their customers, but also to get the network to scale to the growth of the market, and push the market to create market transformation for EV’s.

        I’m on the Tahoe-Truckee PEV Coordinating Council, which is working to design the network for the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee connecting to the I-80, US 50 corridors between Reno and Sacramento. (By the way we tried to get it expanded to include the Hwy. 20 corridor to Yuba City/Marysville but the funding available would not cover it) The strategy is to simultaneously deploy both networks, public charging stations using the universal technology (SAE J1772) and the Tesla network, but plan for future use of public funds only for fully and universally available technology.

    1. Sierra College is a private campus lot and closes early, nor is it near any shopping destinations other than the Co-Op. Truckee is along a different freeway corridor that is currently undergoing an electrification project from the CEC. Naturally, this has and will continue to effect Truckee in a positive way. Since 49 isn’t considered a major thoroughfare, it has been largely bypassed by incentivization at the state level, though low cost financing continues to be available to business owners statewide.

      In principle, I applaud any efforts to improve charging infrastructure, although I think it needs to be inclusive to all EV owners, not just those of a particular brand. This makes good business sense too for a restaurant owner. I hope Mr. Rowe is mindful of this going forward.

    1. Another cool thing is that ClipperCreek is a local company in Auburn and has been involved in Producing EV charging stations for a few years now very successfully.

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