Amalia Scatena

Simply courageous

Thank you to Mike Hale and The Monterey Herald for a lovely feature about our opening of Stationæry.  It is humbling and wonderful to have the support of our local community as we carry on with this special project.  Those of you who know me well, know that I am a person of few emotions.  But seeing Mike's headline, "Simply courageous", honestly brought me to tears.  We've been so "in" the project and I hadn't really taken a moment yet to reflect on the fact that WE ARE ACTUALLY DOING THIS.  The doors are open, everything is flowing so naturally, and we are having a blast!  Though, I do believe it is necessary for us to pause a moment and reflect on the excitement and acknowledge how blessed we are to be the stewards of Stationæry.  

We have an amazing team, including Chef Amalia Scatena, helping to make each day possible.  And beyond our team inside Stationæry, we have friends and family supporting us in big and small ways - we are so grateful.  

Alissa (and Anthony too)

ps. To read the full Herald article you can click here.  


Photo on our soft opening day, by  Lindsay Parton

Photo on our soft opening day, by Lindsay Parton

Weren't you supposed to open in July?

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When we announced Stationæry to the world, we were (looking back on it) extremely bold and put a date on our opening of July 2018.  Today is July 30th and while we are so close, we still have many things to finish, hoops to jump through, and inspections to complete! 

I really thought I could first-born-organize my way out of the cliché construction delays... but it turns out, nope.  They spare no one.  Even still, every day feels like Christmas!  Boxes arrived with our Afteroom chairs from Menu, Preston Alba of Lakes.Studio hand delivered our custom wall sconces, and Anthony's La Marzocco espresso machine is finally here.  Tomorrow our sign will go up and Shawn from LuvHaus in Berkeley is hand delivering our ceramics.  It is thrilling to see what was drawn on paper by Sara Karkenny be built and come to life!  We are surrounded by an amazing team of professionals, tradesmen, and friends & family helping to push towards the opening.  

Though the biggest news yet is we've hired a Chef!  We are so lucky to have Amalia Scatena join our team at Stationæry.  Like us, Amalia is a Northern California native.  After many years of sharpening her culinary and hospitality skills in Tuscany, Virginia, and South Carolina - she has returned to California.  Taking this position as our Chef serves as a celebratory homecoming to Amalia and very good news to all of us and our stomachs.  The Monterey County Weekly has a small write-up about Amalia and the progress here at Stationæry! 

We cannot wait to welcome you into our doors to feast your eyes, appetites, and spirit on the beauty of the space, food, and hospitality.  

So now you ask, "Really, when do you open?" Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice... uh - Well, let's just say we are right around the corner.  A big clue is that I took the daring step to change our homepage banner to AUGUST.  Stay tuned! 


Photo info: 
(L) detail of our Lambert & Fils fixture, (C) Afteroom chair curves & shadows, (R) and of course a peek of paper goods to come.