Hazel Restaurant is on the horizon.

Branzino at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

Branzino at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

The countdown is on for Hazel, the new Occidental Restaurant from Berkeley chefs Jim and Michele Wimborough.

Slated for a Thursday, July 16, 2015 opening, the former Bistro de Copains has been undergoing some serious interior updates, and both chefs have been teasing fans on their Facebook page with pix of roasted branzino, curried scallops with Santa Rosa plums, cupcakes, and braised short ribs with polenta.

Short ribs at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

Short ribs at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

The “rustic California-Mediterranean” menu is centered around the restaurant’s two wood-fired ovens, and Jim is a live-fire pro from his years at top-ranked restaurants including Boulevard, Kokkari, and Evvia. Because working with temperamental coals isn’t for just anyone. Michele will head up the desserts, including a weekly seasonal Friday Pie Day, sundaes, cookies and cakes. The inside scoop: Blueberry pie is up first.

Curried scallops at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

Curried scallops at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

Hazel (named after Jim’s great grandmother who inspired him to become a chef) will be doing dinner only its first week and then lunch and dinner seven days thereafter, as well as weekend brunch.

Santa Rosa Plum Crisp at Hazel Restaurant

Santa Rosa Plum Crisp at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

More details at facebook.com/Restauranthazel, or restauranthazel.com 3782 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental.

Interior at Hazel Restaurant at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

Interior at Hazel Restaurant at Hazel Restaurant. Photos by Sherry Heck Photography

The requisite farm-to-table shout out: “Hazel is committed to using local sustainable produce from farmers such as New Family Farm Sonoma Swamp Blues Farm, Ford Cheese and Olivian Olive Oil, meats and seafood. Wines from West Sonoma county producers, among them Radio-Couteau, Paul Matthews and Atascadero Creek will anchor the list and locally made beers will be prominent as well,” says the press release.