SUISUN VALLEY – Guy and Christy Conigliaro bring a total of 44 years of food service experience to Rockville Kitchen + Bar.
The couple visited friends here over the years and realized they wanted a different pace of life from the fast-paced bustle of Southern California.
After moving to Fairfield from Southern California in 2018, they quickly fell in love with Suisun Valley and recognized a business environment that required a second full-service dining experience.
“I worked for Mankas Grill and saw how busy they were. That’s when I realized they needed another restaurant in the valley,” said Guy Conigliaro.
With a culinary degree from the California School of Culinary Arts and 14 years in management, Guy Conigliaro has never ventured out of the restaurant industry, holding nearly every position from waiter to chef and manager. general.
“The Valley Cafe wasn’t for sale when we came here,” he said. “We spoke with the owners and they thought about it and decided to sell.”
So they took over the former Valley Cafe space on February 1, 2018 and reopened on February 22, 2018.
“It’s a big space,” he said.
Christy Conigliaro worked in restaurants for 12 years before moving into social work after earning a master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach and has worked in the field for 15 years. She left her position as a licensed clinical therapist for OLE Health in Napa to join her husband in their restaurant.
“Everyone is so connected here and they want to keep it beautiful but also make it a place of destination,” she said.
The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch due to kitchen space limitations.
“We are only allowed two meal periods per county,” said Guy Conigliaro. “That was how Valley Cafe was for 30 years.”
The small kitchen was the biggest challenge as it limits opening hours.
Maybe one day there will be an evening event, but not today.
Opening a restaurant during a pandemic posed other challenges, such as suppliers not being able to bring in the same quality of supply each week or even the same brands – while looking at the prices of everything from potato eggs, increase.
“We serve a lot of eggs and potatoes,” Guy Conigliaro said.
He said he was not happy to have raised prices but if supplies return to a normal price, he said he would lower menu prices.
The best thing on the menu, he swears, is their burger, which is infused with bacon and garlic.
“I’m not bragging, because people have told me it’s the best burger they’ve ever had,” he said.
The couple hope to see more of their neighbors come to enjoy the good food and beauty of the Suisun Valley.
Rockville Kitchen + Bar
Address: 4171 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday