November 13, 2018 – After 31 years in business, Cindy and Paul Geise—owners of beloved Ristorante Avanti in Santa Cruz—have sold the restaurant to chef Jonathan Glass. The sale was set in motion about two months ago and closed last week, surprising legions of long-time customers.
“I’ve spent more than half my life behind bars here,” jokes Paul. “You’ve gotta retire at some point, that’s basically it. ”
Indeed. “A whole lifetime of service,” he reflects. And while they are ready to let go, it is still hard to imagine what will come next. For the Geises and also for the public. “Most people don’t realize how emotional this is, not just for me, but for my customers. I mean people have been coming here for a long time. All… Read More