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Guess who’s taking over the menu at Heritage Public House?

Santa Rosa brewpub is changing up the menu this spring with the help of Josh Silvers of Jackson's Bar and Oven

heritage.logo_I’ll give you a hint at which Santa Rosa restaurateur is taking over the food operations at Heritage Public House (1901 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa): His chicken wings are second to none and his burger is hands-down, my favorite in Sonoma County.

You guessed it (or maybe you didn’t); Josh Silvers of Jackson’s Bar and Oven (and the former Syrah Bistro) has been tapped to overhaul the gastropub’s menu come mid-April. Boom! Here’s why you should be stoked, too.

1. The beer is just going to get (even) better: The pub is also a working brewery, and home to Bloodline Brewing Co., launched last fall. GM Roman D’Argenzio and his team will be focusing on increasing production of this already-acclaimed brewery. The pub will continue to serve an impressive variety of California crafts brews on tap as well.

2. Outdoor patio: Silvers plans to close Heritage Public House for about a week in mid-April to update the restaurant, revamp the outdoor beer garden and add more tables.

3. Beer-worthy food: Dishes like ale-braised short ribs, grilled salmon with hard-cider cream sauce, beer-steamed mussels, wings and burgers (natch), fresh oysters and “Brewer’s Fries” (with garlic and brewer’s yeast), along with Gypsy Girl sausages, a smoked chicken Cobb salad and hearty black barley risotto will keep both diners and drinkers happy.

4. The prices are right: Silvers gets that the pub is a college favorite, so smaller plates will be priced for student budgets. Larger plates will range from $15-$23, with sandwiches and salads somewhere in between.

5. Fish and chips stay, the sheet pans go: Heritage has had solid beer-battered fish and chips since opening in 2012, but serving them on a sheet pan got old. Silvers plans to keep fish and chips on the menu, but class things up a notch with, uh, plates.

BiteClub will have a first look and all the details on the new menu when it debuts in late April.

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