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Cafe Europe Closes

Santa Rosa's Cafe Europe will shutter May 10, 2015. J Cafe and Grill will open in its place in mid-June, offering fresh takes on simple comfort foods

Cafe Europe closes May 10, 2015. Photo from Cafe Europe.
Cafe Europe closes May 10, 2015. Photo from Cafe Europe.
Cafe Europe closes May 10, 2015. Photo from Cafe Europe.
Cafe Europe closes May 10, 2015. Photo from Cafe Europe.

Auf Wiedersehen Cafe Europe.

The Santa Rosa German-style eatery (104 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa) will shutter May 10 after 23 years of schnitzel slinging. “We extend generous and heartfelt gratitude to our customers, the long-term faithful and the newcomers alike,” said chef/owner Herbert Zacher.

The St. Francis Shopping Center space will be reborn as J Cafe and Grill in early June with military and restaurant veteran James Horton in the kitchen.

Injured during a military deployment to Iraq, Horton decided to parlay his lifelong interest in cooking into a degree at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. The menu will feature fresh takes on simple, comfort foods like breakfast omelets, buttermilk pancakes and scrambles along with lunchtime burgers, patty melts, club sandwiches, soups and salads.

We like that there are a number of interesting “healthy choices” like an Italian veggie hoagie, lemon basil shrimp pasta and chicken pita burgers with yogurt sauce. Dinner is in the works, but the restaurant will focus on breakfast and lunch at opening. Horton hopes to “give back” to fellow military vets by offering fundraising events for charities like Sonoma County Vet Connect, and have prices reasonable (most dishes are under $10) to keep the restaurant approachable for all.

Horton’s wife Tiffani will serve as both baker and front of house, and local restaurateur Norman Carver will serve as sous chef. Watch for opening details.

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16 thoughts on “Cafe Europe Closes

  1. Have eaten there for years! Will miss it so very much. Good luck Herbert and Robert, you will be greatly missed.

  2. I LOVED that place! It was the one place in town where you could get delicious veal bratwurst and a liter of German beer!

  3. I LOVED that place! It was the one place in town where you could get delicious veal bratwurst and a liter of German beer!

  4. Dangitt! I was JUST turned onto this place recently. Why? WHY??!!! Of course, wishing the owners a lovely retirement but having a little pity party for myself.

  5. Always wanted to eat here as it was right in my own backyard… Very saddened to hear this. Just goes to show, time waits for no hu-man. Kicking myself.

  6. Always wanted to eat here as it was right in my own backyard… Very saddened to hear this. Just goes to show, time waits for no hu-man. Kicking myself.

  7. Crushed to hear it. They made the best food. They will be sorly missed. Too bad they couldn’t have sold the restaurant to someone who would continue their legacy. Now where will we get our German fix? Drive all the way to sf?!

  8. Crushed to hear it. They made the best food. They will be sorly missed. Too bad they couldn’t have sold the restaurant to someone who would continue their legacy. Now where will we get our German fix? Drive all the way to sf?!

  9. but why are they closing???? it was THE MOST AUTHENTIC German restaurant….and I should know, as I was born in Germany! Darn it…

  10. but why are they closing???? it was THE MOST AUTHENTIC German restaurant….and I should know, as I was born in Germany! Darn it…

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