Maili Halme, chef of Mattei’s Tavern, is happy to be a part of the reopening of the historic landmark. From the 1890s through the Prohibition era and the Great Depression, Mattei’s was called the “social center” of Santa Ynez Valley. Today, it’s a historic landmark. Maili Halme, who leases the restaurant, is proprietor of Mattei’s Tavern. She is also executive chef, manager and caretaker of the historic establishment.