Renovated old courthouse square


Santa Rosa restaurateur José Navarro enjoys a rare second-floor perch, one offering an unobstructed view 400 feet across downtown’s new square to the front of the domed clock tower rising atop the Empire Building.

“I’m excited for the square because now we get to have shows and events that we couldn’t do before,” said Navarro, standing last week in the nearly completed Vertice, an upstairs cocktail lounge on the square that will feature Peruvian tapas and drinks. The draw from such events, he said, “brings everybody into downtown.”