madura.jpgI’ve been tracking down former John Ash & Co. chef, Jeffrey Madura for months, after hearing he had a new project in the works. Well, the persistence paid off because Madura is finally talking about his new restaurant — called Jeffrey’s Hillside Cafe”, set to open late summer.

The much-loved chef left his post last July after nearly 20 years, saying that we wanted to spend more time with his family. Seems he couldn’t leave his passion for cooking behind, but he will be saying goodbye to the late nights. Madura’s struck a deal with Bob Coombs of the Hillside Inn to take over the hotel-owners’ Fourth St. restaurant (remember the buckwheat pancakes?), serving only breakfast and lunch.

The menu’s still in development, but Madura says he’s planning to have the usual breakfast items, along with some interesting additions like fromage blanc blintzes with seasonal berries and a tofu scramble with shiitake mushrooms. Lunch is burgers, sandwiches, salads, quiche, pot roast, pasta, chicken piccata, etc. (according to the chef), along with old fashioned milkshakes and smoothies. 2901 4th St, Santa Rosa, (707) 546-9353.

And just a few blocks from Hank’s Creekside…Stay tuned for more details.

No worries at Carmen’s Burger Bar
A couple folks were curious what was up at local burgery, Carmen’s when they saw a change of ownership sign. No worries, it’s just some admin stuff, changing from a corporation to a sole proprietorship. Your buns and shakes are safe and sound. 1612 Terrace Way, Santa Rosa,  (707) 546-6317.