The Astro was originally built in 1963 but born again in 2017, when members of the team behind the nearby restaurant The Spinster Sisters acquired it to further develop their overlooked corner of Santa Rosa filled with makers and doers. For visitors to Sonoma County, The Astro is a refreshing change, offering an affordable, urban, adventurously designed headquarters with 34 rooms and suites.
The Astro had been, for decades, a neighborhood blight, a rundown center for drugs and prostitution. Now, thanks to a thoughtful and ambitious remodel carried out by area artists and artisans, it stands brightly in the geographic center of a world class wine, beer, wedding and cycling destination that only recently endured devastating fires.
In the crisis weeks following the outbreak of fires, The Astro, not yet open, became a refuge for evacuees and since its October 27 opening it has been a FEMA-approved site for eligible fire survivors. The Astro will have its official opening January 18, 2018.
The Astro team is led by Spinster chef/owner Liza Hinman.
Liza Hinman has been part of the Sonoma County restaurant community since 2004. She was a staffer at Gourmet Magazine before attending The California Culinary Academy, subsequently working at Delfina and Bizou and landing the executive chef position at Santi. In the summer of 2012, Liza opened The Spinster Sisters. Under her leadership, the restaurant has earned a substantial following amongst locals, tourists, chefs and food writers. In the summer of 2017, the James Beard Foundation selected Liza from over 100 chef/owners nationwide for their Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.