June 2022 Newsletter

Business of the Year 2022

A&C Ventures

A&C Ventures (ACV) is a driving force behind Tiburon’s expansive downtown revitalization, drawing on decades as specialists in the acquisition, development, redevelopment, and management of single-tenant retail properties throughout the United States. Based in Sonoma, Ca, ACV opened a local Tiburon office in 2018, when they bought out their partner’s interest from a real estate deal that originally closed in December 2012 involving 35% of downtown’s mixed use commercial space. Since then, the ACV team has worked tirelessly to build a portfolio of tenants for several of the properties that either needed new tenants or were approaching lease maturities, investing upwards of $50 million in Tiburon and attracting a dynamic mix of new restaurants, entertainment venues and merchants to our community.

From the beginning, David Grieve, Chairman and CEO of ACV believed that the key to a successful downtown revitalization was a great restaurant, and the property that is now The Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina became the cornerstone of that strategy. Guaymas, the restaurant that originally occupied the space at Five Main Street, Grieve saw as an underutilized asset in a “perfect location,” so ACV eventually bought them out of their lease and began a search for the flagship partner that would set their strategic plan in motion. They talked to several restaurateurs but turned a corner when they met Brent Bolthouse while working on a project in Southern California. Brent, who now co-owns Bungalow Kitchen with famed chef, restaurateur and Marin resident, Michael Mina, already had two very successful restaurants of the same concept, and when ACV brought him and Michael together, the partnership potential was apparent to everyone. 

After making a reported $12 million in tenant improvements, The Bungalow Kitchen by Michael Mina opened in November of 2021, giving pandemic-weary locals something to cheer about. The fully renovated restaurant has 12,000 square feet spread over two stories with open-air, bay-view dining for 300 plus a billiards room with private bar, fireplaces on each level, a DJ who spins until 2:00 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and a variety of spaces to accommodate private parties of various sizes. With late night ferry service to and from San Francisco, The Bungalow Kitchen has indeed become the cornerstone of Tiburon’s downtown transformation, serving as, in Mina’s words, “a vibrant community clubhouse.”

The Bungalow Kitchen has been transformative for downtown Tiburon since day one, but with its flagship success, ACV was just getting started. As a next step, they worked closely with the Servino family to take over the lease of their Main Street restaurant, Servino’s, and return to their origins on Ark Row, a move that the Servino family had desired for some time. They then partnered with Malibu Farm co-owners, Helene Henderson and John Stockwell (of original Top Gun fame!), to renovate that space for their hugely successful organic, farm-to-table venture that started as a stand on Malibu Pier and is now thriving in five locations (including Malibu; Pier 17, New York City; Tokyo, Japan; Lanai Island, Hawaii and Lido Island, Newport Beach). Malibu Farm Tiburon will make it six when renovations are completed and the much anticipated restaurant opens later this year. “Malibu Farm was a great fit for our vision of the property,” said Grieve. “There were so many similarities to the original restaurant in Malibu, and John and Helene recognized right away the opportunity to expand their concept to an idyllic waterfront property in Marin.”

There is so much on the near horizon in the ongoing transformation of downtown Tiburon, and ACV's unparalleled vision and commitment to this town has significantly contributed to the downtown revitalization and continued growth and livelihood of both our business and local communities. In addition to introducing The Bungalow Kitchen and Malibu Farm to Main Street, ACV has brought the other side of Main Street back to life with Squalo Vino Wine Bar, Caviar & Co., Perfect Provenance and the Tiburon Welcome Center. And later this month, Cinelounge Tiburon, Christian Meoli’s curated theatrical experience, is set to open in the fully renovated ACV property formerly known as the Tiburon Playhouse. This fall, Petite Left Bank (a brand new concept by Left Bank Brasserie) will round out the 2022 restaurant openings, with their first location in a brand new ACV building at the former New Morning Café location.

In addition, they are currently working on plans for the future development of Shark’s Deli and continue property management of Salt & Pepper, Caffe Acri, and Candy Store on Main. 

Despite the many pandemic-related challenges that have impacted the timing of development and business openings, Grieve continues to see so much development potential in Tiburon. “We remain steadfast in our long-term commitment to the revitalization of downtown Tiburon.” says Grieve. “And we demonstrate this commitment every day because ACV is not just a landlord but also an investor and owner of many of the businesses that already and will soon occupy these properties.”

The Weekend Lineup


FRIDAY, JUNE 17th 4 - 7 PM

Lower Main Street

Juneteenth (June 19th) 1865 is now widely recognized as liberation day for America's enslaved. In 2021 President Biden proclaimed it a national holiday. What is its origin? 

On July 12, 1862, President Lincoln gave the border states loyal to the Union one last chance to approve his plan for gradual, compensated emancipation. They turned him down. Frustrated, he privately told Secretary of State Seward and Secretary of the Navy Welles of his decision. He would free the enslaved to preserve the Union based upon the military necessity clause. He was advised to wait for a Union battlefield victory lest he appear to act out of weakness. That victory came on September 17th at Antietam. Five days later, Lincoln assembled his cabinet. He announced that if the states in rebellion did not return to the Union by January 1, 1863, he would issue an emancipation proclamation freeing their bonds people. 

June 19th, 1865, was the date in Texas where one of two things occurred. Either the enslaved agreed to work until then or they weren't notified until two and a half years later of their freedom. Whatever the truth, the Texas story has prevailed, superseding January 1. Juneteenth (June 19th) has become the agreed upon unifying date of Black Liberation, which we now celebrate. Tiburon was proudly the second Marin town to observe the holiday, only 3 days after the president federalized it last year.



Tiburon Shoreline Park

free & open to the public

Twenty-one years ago, the Town of Tiburon finished a major update of Main Street – wider sidewalks with red bricks interspersed, fresh flower planters and new street signs. 

For the Grand Opening celebration, Councilmember Tom Gram invited two local residents, Tom O’Neill and Bruce Ross, to showcase their vintage cars on the closed street as part of the festivities. The two enticed other classic car owners to join them in displaying their “garage treasures.” During the day, crowds of onlookers swarmed around the 32 vintage cars, asking questions of their owners and gawking at the their beauty. 

The next year, Ross and O’Neill partnered to organize a second show with 60 cars parked along a closed-off Paradise Drive. Spectators marveled at such special cars as a restored 1950s VW Bug sitting next to Hermann Goring’s personal Mercedes-Benz open touring car from 1940’s infamy. 

Because of the great enthusiasm over this display, the pair decided Tiburon would be a perfect location for an annual classic car show.

Over the next several years, the number of cars in the show kept rising, finally reaching 109. The organizers decided that was too many for the allotted space. 

“Now I try not to register any more than 90 cars,” O’Neill says. “Once we go over that number, they start to be parked past the Donohue Depot, and no one wants to be that far out.” 

Among the cars registered to be in this year's show are a 1977 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud limousine, a 1959 Oldsmobile in its original condition (meaning nothing has been done to it), and an original Shelby-Cobra.  FULL ARTICLE


Have you checked out the new ferry schedule? Day or Night - there is a ferry for YOU!

Don't forget to book your Angel Island Sunset Cruise. As the day ends and the evening begins, experience the natural splendor of the San Francisco Bay. Enjoy the unique view from the water, including the breathtaking sights of Tiburon, Belvedere, Sausalito, San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, and the surrounding areas.

Ferry Schedule



Saturday June 18th 3-7pm


The British Benevolent Society (BBS - bbsofca.org) is holding a Midsummer's celebration at Tiburon's historic Ark Row, a unique showcase of British goods & Scottish bagpipes along with a jazz quintet and A Capella singers. Scones & Cream, Coronation chicken sandwiches, Meatballs will be available for purchase along with Wine, Beer, Tea & water. 

You can celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and book in for English tea served by SETtheOCCASION.com and join in the raffle to help raise funds for the charity and experience British humor & hospitality. 

The BBS is a 501(3) non profit providing aid and relief to British citizens in need on the West Coast.

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