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Meal with a View

Celebrating its first anniversary this month, Tre Rosat Café serves up "internationally eclectic" fare and a panoramic vista of Silver City.

by Peggy Platonos



Tre Rosat Café in Silver City will be one year old this month, and owners Jason Marsh, Lyla Adrienne and King Crowder will be celebrating the anniversary on Saturday, May 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. with live music and free pizza — pizza with out-of-the-ordinary toppings being one of the mainstays of the Tre Rosat lunch menu. The local bluegrass band String Beans will be providing the music. Everyone is welcome.

Tre Rosat owners (left to right) Lyla Adrienne, King Crowder and Jason Marsh admire Crowder's handiwork: a plate of bacon-wrapped dates, one of the most popular appetizers served at the café.

Located in the same building as Ciénega Spa, near the intersection of Cooper and Broadway next to the courthouse, the café features "the best deck in Silver City" — a claim made to Marsh, Adrienne and Crowder repeatedly as they looked for a place to establish their restaurant. Residents who had been patrons of the Orchid, a restaurant that once existed at that location, raved about the view that overlooks downtown Silver City, with rolling hills forming a scenic backdrop.

Natives of Oregon and fresh from the bustle of Los Angeles, the three were looking for a quieter place to settle. They decided to give Silver City a try.

"My mom has lived in Silver City for 10 years, and she's been trying to get me out here the whole time," Adrienne explains. "The town has a lot of personality, and I like it."

The three partners are in their early 30s, and Tre Rosat is the first restaurant venture for each.

"We were roommates in southern California, and were doing a lot of cooking together," Marsh explains. "We all had a passion for food and cooking. Creating a restaurant sounded like a lot more fun than what we were doing."

Crowder was involved in banking at the time, Marsh was handling foreclosures and Adrienne was working in Starbucks. But each had some experience in the restaurant business. As teenagers, Marsh had worked at Taco Bell and Crowder had been employed at Pizza Hut.

In addition, Crowder's father was a professional cook. "He had a pretty big influence on me," Crowder says. "I started playing around with desserts as a kid, and by the time I was 17, I was doing fun stuff like flambés and caramel cages. I actually was planning to go to culinary school, but I won a contest for opera singing so that's what I went to college for."

The three owners of Tre Rosat Café picked the name because they liked the sound of it. It is Albanian, and it means "Three Ducks."

"None of us are Albanian, but we are all three of us Ducks," Marsh says. They met while attending the University of Oregon, where the mascot is a duck.

Each of them takes a hand in the cooking at the café. "King does the grill work during lunch service. We both work the grill during dinner. And Lyla prepares all the soups, potato salad, chicken salad, etcetera," Marsh says. "We all do the menu planning, and we're constantly tasting new items. We have our own smoker for our homemade sausages, ham, pancetta."

Marsh calls their style of food "eclectic — internationally eclectic." The lunch menu features an innovative variety of soups, appetizers (including tasty bacon-wrapped dates), salads, sandwiches, burgers (including a Mediterranean Lamb Burger and a homemade veggie burger), and pizzas with toppings like BBQ Chicken and Southwest Chicken. Additional choices, including entrées, are always available on the Specials Board, along with dessert options.

Lunch is served Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. And dinner is now served on Fridays from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with reservations welcome but not required.

"Friday is when we like to show off a little with more upscale food," Marsh says. "Casual fine dining still. We don't want to be pretentious about it. But we'll be serving some high-end food."

The Friday dinner menu changes each week. Entrées generally range in price from $18 to $22, and may include such items as Bourbon Chipotle Glazed Lamb Chops, Rosemary Crusted Pork Chop, Pistachio Encrusted Halibut, Sea Scallops with Spicy Coconut Sauce, and Mushroom and Eggplant Lasagna.

In addition, elaborate multi-course gourmet meals are served on such special occasions as New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. These meals are announced in advance, and require reservations.

"Late in May, we're planning to institute a Music and 'Appy Hour on Saturdays, starting at 4 p.m., with live music and appetizers. Much more casual than Fridays," Marsh says. Beer and wine will be available, as they are at every meal. And the phrase "'Appy Hour" is intended to indicate both a traditional Happy Hour where alcoholic beverages can be enjoyed, and the added allure of specialty appetizers.

Clearly, the enthusiasm of the three owners of Tre Rosat Café is undiminished by a year of hard work. "It's still really fun," Marsh says.

For more information about Tre Rosat Café or to make a reservation, call (575) 654-4919




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