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10/26/2010 1:21:00 PM
Red Rooster crows again but in Old Town Cottonwood
Popular Jerome eatery reopens

Philip Wright
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD – The Old Town Red Rooster Café is now open at 901 N. Main St. in Cottonwood. Owners Jet Tennant and Shane Smith will specialize in homemade, organic and locally produced food.

“We are a restaurant with a fresh spin on comfort food,” says Tennant, former Jerome businesswoman and council member.

Tennant was one of the original owners of the Red Rooster Café in Jerome, and she also owned the Mile High Grill. She said she left when she needed a change of pace.

Shane worked at the Mile High for four years and had no intention of leaving for any reason other than opening his own place.

Vlad Costa changed the name of the Red Rooster to 15.Quince Grill and Cantina. Tennant and Smith went to Vlad to see if they could use the name and logo for the Red Rooster in another location. “He agreed without hesitation,” Jet said.

The restaurant will serve homemade desserts, pies, quiche and sandwiches. Tennant said the café will offer organics without the high cost. She and Shane will focus on using local and small, family producers.

“We love catering and hope to deliver from 11:30 to 1:30 for a five-mile radius,” Tennant said. She believes many businesses and medical offices in the area will welcome something new and different.

The café will soon have a liquor license. “We will carry organic liquors,” Tennant said. That includes organic tequila produced by a small, family-owned business.

She said the café’s coffee and espresso beans are from a small roaster. “We will carry organic teas, syrups and sodas,” Jet said.

Tennant and Smith would welcome any information about local produce and cheese. “If businesses don’t support local, how will the smaller places be able to grow?” Tennant asks. “We need to get together to support local, and the demand will offer more variety and consistency.”

Tennant says the Red Rooster Café will employ four people to start and will expand on demand. But she doesn’t have any interest in running multiple locations. “One restaurant is enough,” she said.

“The Red Rooster was a destination in Jerome,” Jet said, “and I have no doubt the Old Town Red Rooster Café will become a regular destination in Old Town.”

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, with brunch served on Sundays. “We will have pancakes and French toast casserole daily with homemade pastries and espresso,” Tennant said.

Call (928) 649-8100.

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