2018 Spirit of Marin
Sean & Sonja Saylor, Saylor's Restaurant and Bar
Sean and Sonja Saylor are the proprietors of Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar, a local’s favorite known for good food and friendship. After attending California Culinary Academy and working up through the kitchen ranks in Marin, Sean and Sonja tied the knot and opened their first restaurant, Saylor’s Landing in 1999 then Saylor’s Restaurant & Bar in 2006.
While creating a following for their food—they found themselves to be in the center of an eclectic community and their passion for Sausalito was cemented. Sean’s mother had instilled in him the importance of giving back. After his mother’s passing, Sean took up the mantle and has been paying it forward ever since. Each year he participates in Great Chefs of Marin, benefitting Lifehouse, an organization dedicated to those with development disabilities. This year marked his 17th year.
On a local more visible level, Sean and Sonja have donated their time, their service and their talents to more than 20 local non-profits in Sausalito for their fundraising needs, including the Sausalito Woman’s Club, the Chamber of Commerce and Sausalito Rotary, just to name a few. You’ll find them in the kitchen cooking, donating or organizing an event, all to benefit someone else.
But it’s truly their quiet actions, the ones that happen day after day that nobody notices that makes the Saylors so important in our community. It’s serving the needy or the homeless—holding someones arm who is frail when walking to their car…withholding judgement…being kind human beings. Sean and Sonja are always there and go out of their to and take the time to make something special happen for someone in need. Everyone always pokes fun of Sean and his “be kind” button, but the man takes it to heart each and every day.
Sean and Sonja have two beautiful daughters, two amazing grandchildren and a staff with a heart of gold, and their customers are their extended family. Sean bleeds great music, good tequila and Sonja makes sure giving back to the community is in their budget … “Giving back is where it’s at”.
Sean and Sonja Saylor will be honored at the 2018 Spirit of Marin Award at Bank of Marin's Spirit of Marin Awards Luncheon, Friday, September 21 at St. Vincent's School for Boys.
Business Nominations and Awards 2017
2017 Large Business of the Year
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Joanne Wishart & Dea Belrose, JoAnne's Print Shop
2017 Small Business of the Year
Madrigal Family Winery, Sausalito Wie Salon
2017 New Business of the Year
2017 Volunteer of the Year
Sean & Sonja Saylor, Saylor's Restaurant & Bar
2017 Spirit of Marin
Shelby Van Meter