Restaurateur buys 
Inverness coffee shop

09/04/2014

The new owner of the Inverness coffee shop that closed its doors on July 31 after two years under Jude Robinson’s ownership said he could reopen the cafe in early October as The Depot—if he gets his county paperwork squared away by then. Luc Chamberland, who owns the adjacent Saltwater Oyster Depot, said his vision for the coffee shop is “to be used once again as a local meeting place, a place where one can get fresh-baked pastries and coffee and light lunches. We would also like to offer it as a meeting place for hire, so people can rent the locale for nonprofits or for business meetings or for gatherings.” Since 2012, the two businesses have helped revive downtown Inverness, with the cafe providing a spot to grab a cup of coffee and meet friends and the restaurant offering a place to imbibe wines on tap or slurp oysters just a block from Tomales Bay. The Blackbird kept busy in the tourist season and on weekends, but was barred from having live music by the county last year because it was not a listed use in its permit. Saltwater, which locally sources much of its fare and regularly holds fundraisers for local nonprofits, has been a major success; it had its most profitable weekend ever over Labor Day, Mr. Chamberland said.