Cook spinning off a new St. Helena restaurant: Cook Tavern
Jude Wilmoth of Cook restaurant in St. Helena is opening a new restaurant next door. Photo by Craig Lee / The Chronicle
Once the dust settles, Cook’s Tavern will be born
Cook St. Helena’s celebrates its tenth anniversary on Nov. 9, and so chef-owner Jude Wilmoth is giving himself a gift:
A brand new restaurant.
Cook Tavern is underway next door to the original Cook on Main Street, in a more casual, modern American gastro pub concept. It takes over the former Armadillo’s Restaurant space, and if all goes as planned, diners should be enjoying the small plates, cocktails and beers sometime this winter.
It’s a good time for Wilmoth to make some noise, since the 2015 Michelin Guide just bestowed its Bib Gourmand honors on Cook St. Helena – again. That makes it the eighth consecutive time the Cal-Med theme restaurant has taken the award.
For the menu, Wilmoth plans pub eats ($8-$25) like poutine with short rib gravy, fried mortadella sliders and sandabs and fries, as a spin on fish-and-chips. Service will run late on Fridays and Saturdays, with weekend brunch ($9-$16) and sports games playing on the tube.
For the look, the interior of the 1891 building is being renovated to uncover original natural stone and brickwork, with build-outs including communal tables, banquettes and a zinc bar, totaling seating for about 50 guest.
The expansion also means a promotion for Wilmoth’s wife, Meagan Rounds, who will be directing operations at both locations. Rounds has previously worked as chief concierge at the W in San Francisco, and as executive assistant to Thomas Keller.
Cook St. Helena: 1310 Main Street, St. Helena; (707) 963-7088 or cooksthelena.com.
Cook Tavern: 1304 Main Street, St. Helena; (707) 963-8082 or cooktavern.com.
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