Watsonville restaurant scene heats up

By laura Copeland

Santa Cruz Sentinel

POSTED: 04/16/2013 12:22:07 PM PDT

 

Finishing touches are coming along on the Appleton Grill in Watsonville, expected to open next month on the ground floor of the Wall Street Inn. Owner Abe Novin has tapped as his manager Jackie Bisesto, who owned Scotts Valley’s now-shuttered Backstage for 20 years before selling it in the early 2000s.

The Appleton Grill will aim for a family-friendly vibe with pizza, wings, soups and salads. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served.

“Abe wants to keep it affordable but maintain the quality,” Bisesto said. “Prices will be competitive, but everything will be homemade.”

Watsonville resident Gabriel Chavarria won a contest to select the new restaurant’s name, a reference to the building’s history. The four-story structure at 30 W. Beach St., née The Appleton Hotel, was nearly destroyed in 2005 in the largest fire in Watsonville history.