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Evelyn Cheatham buys The Cook House

Friday, October 12th, 2012 | Posted by

By DIANE PETERSON / The Press Democrat

Evelyn Cheatham, executive director of Santa Rosa’s Worth Our Weight culinary apprentice program, has purchased The Cook House at 327 South A St. with the help of a silent partner.

Cheatham plans to turn the tiny diner into a graduate program for the young, culinary apprentices who have already trained at the WOW Cafe on Hahman Drive, across from Montgomery High School.

“Hahman Drive is the training ground, and at the new location, they will be able to have a job and get paid,” she said. “It will be the graduate program.”

The Cook House, a beloved greasy spoon that dished up generous portions of country-style breakfast dishes for decades, is located across from Spinster Sisters restaurant in Santa Rosa’s artsy A Street neighborhood.

“It’s a little shack that I’ve wanted for a long time,” Cheatham said. “Our cart can go over to Juilliard Park for the events there.”

Cheatham purchased the property from the G. K. Hardt Foundation. Since 1989, The Cook House has been run by Larry and Rose Vivier. Larry died a year ago.

The current tenants have a two-year lease, Cheatham said.

  • http://www.francesfuchsphd.com frances fuchs

    This is a wonderful thing for our “South of A” neighborhood, and for all Santa Rosans looking for a hearty and healthy breakfast spot. Evelyn’s “Worth Our Weight” Program is a terrific success, combining training and opportunity for challenged youth in our city. I’ve followed this program since it’s inception and sampled their fine fare along the way. This is the next step for these youth, a place to use their skills and earn a living. It’s a win-win for everyone! Thanks again Evelyn—whatsoever the wait, it will be worth it.

  • Ray

    Congradulations
    Ray

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