Red or Green?
Everything's Ducky Again
At Silver City's Tre Rosat Café, it's a new location,
new menu, same three Ducks.
by Peggy Platonos
Good news! After a hiatus of more than half a year, Tre Rosat Café is back in business — at a new downtown Silver City location, with a new menu, but operated by the same three "Ducks," owners King Crowder, Lyla Adrienne and Jason Marsh.
The café's name is a whimsical salute to the trio's alma mater, the University of Oregon, where the three first met. The college's mascot is a duck, and "Tre Rosat" means "three ducks" in Albanian.
"We just liked the sound of it," says Jason. "None of us are Albanian, but we are all three of us Ducks."
The three friends first opened the little restaurant in the spring of 2010 high on the hill next to the courthouse, overlooking Silver City. The view was great, the food was what Jason calls "international eclectic," and the café flourished there for about a year and a half.
Then the landlord relocated and had to close the building, and Tre Rosat Café closed with it. By that time, the three "Ducks" had pretty much decided it was time for a move, anyway.
"We wanted to move onto Bullard," Lyla explains, "where there's more foot traffic, more exposure."
And that's exactly what they are finding, now that they're settled and open for business in the building they bought at 304 N. Bullard.
"This building has extreme history in this town," King says. "It was built around 1912, burned down in 1918, and was rebuilt in 1924. It has housed Barker's Tavern and Café, billiards and dominoes, and, for the last 25 or 30 years, the bookstore known as The Book Bin."
The building passed into their hands complete with all the books and bookshelves left over from its most recent incarnation. The books are gone, parceled out to new homes over a two-month period, but the bookshelves remain, creatively incorporated into the decorative renovations that have converted the building into a cozy, tastefully rustic restaurant. A portion of the old flooring was salvaged, too, and has been used in the raised section of the dining area along one side of the café. Some of the oldest, widest floorboards have been given a dramatic facelift with a thick layer of clear, shiny polyurethane, and now form the countertop of the bar, where people can perch on big, sturdy, long-legged chairs and peer into the open kitchen area as they eat their meal.
"We designed the kitchen ourselves, so it's the way we want it, in terms of flow and space for multiple people to work at the same time without getting in each other's way," King says. "And we made it an open kitchen. I think people like to see what's happening back there, the theater of it all."
Although the kitchen and indoor dining area are nicely finished off, the restaurant remains a work in progress. A back patio is planned, with four or five tables available for customer seating, and eventually a wood-fired pizza oven set up where the outdoor diners can see it in operation.
"We will eventually have live music and other events, starting in the not-too-distant future," King says.
"And we expect to have a Grand Opening celebration sometime in August," Lyla adds.
For the moment, Tre Rosat Café is open just for dinner, from 5 to 9 p.m. every night except Wednesdays. In the near future, however, they expect to open for lunch as well, with a different menu — one that Lyla says "will be similar to what we were serving up on the hill for lunch."
Dinners that were served once or twice a week at Tre Rosat in its previous location were fairly upscale in menu and price. Currently, the dinner menu at the Bullard Street location ranges from humbler (but not humdrum) fare like burgers, pizzas and pastas ($10 to $16) to daily specials that include more upscale items like grilled salmon ($20) and petite sirloin steak ($18). Appetizers all cost $7 and include homemade chile relleno poppers, egg rolls (with specialty fillings changing from day to day) and, of course, the ever-popular, ever delicious bacon-wrapped dates.
Large and small house salads ($8/$4) and Caesar salads ($9/$5) are offered, with the option of adding house-roasted chicken for an additional $3. "We use all local greens for the salads, so it varies with the season," Lyla says. "As many vegetables as we can get locally, we do."
Crystal Baska has recently joined the staff of Tre Rosat as pastry chef. "She specializes in cakes and cupcakes," King says, "and has created for us a chocolate brownie with white chocolate designs, peanut butter-caramel filling, and whipped cream on top."
"Truly decadent," comments Lyla.
For more information about Tre Rosat Café or to make a reservation, call (575) 654-4919. Or visit them on their website: trerosat.com or on Facebook.
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