After two closures, I was among those who did not hold out much hope for Chef Michael Jones to reopen his Cachagua General Store. But yesterday he announced that he's signed a lease to be the Kitchen at Douglas Ranch in Carmel Valley and hopes to begin serving by month's end.
Tonight's FB post offers more details. Here's the text:
"Silly me. I thought that 510 area code call I missed while enjoying my Jo Sushi at Ichi Riki was maybe a client wanting a wedding or something. No such luck…..another reporter.
We deeply appreciate the support and enthusiasm around our new spot and the prospect of more Mondays and Fundays. We are so excited we can’t stand ourselves. It is early days, though and everyone needs to chill. The ink on the lease is not yet dry, the gas is not turned on, and the beer and wine license is in the bureaucratic cloud.
So far we have orange trees on the patio, period. As opposed to roses on the piano or tulips….never mind.
Here is the deal.
The friends and staff of the old Cachagua General Store are reassembling at the Douglas Ranch as the Kitchen at Douglas Ranch.. We miss each other, frankly…..and we miss you. We hope to bring all the good and fun aspects of The Store with us…..good food from sources within arrow range, our cowgirls, our wines and Lee and our irreverent attitudes. We hope to leave behind some of the less fun aspects of Cachagua……the leaky roof, the flooding bathrooms, random homeless folks in the parking lot, windy dark roads, forest fires,…..as endearing as they were.
As the Kitchen at Douglas Ranch we are the culinary program for the Camp at Douglas Ranch. Our landlord Jim Flagg’s dream is to have a high end, experiential retreat in the same setting and in the same buildings as the former Douglas Ranch Camp for youngsters used for 70 years. More of Jim’s project anon. He is looking at a mid to late summer opening.
In order to preserve the quiet, contemplative aspect of the Douglas Ranch we are not going to be open to the public.
We will start our Monday Night Dinners and Sunday Brunch in the coming weeks….the roofers and Gov. Brown willing. The dinners and brunches will be events, and as such open by invitation and reservation only. No walk-ins, no traffic coming and going at odd hours. Not to worry….there is plenty of room and plenty of time for everyone. If you are reading this, you will be invited.
This is a very different approach than any other venue in Monterey and we will need a few weeks to iron out the bugs. We will start taking reservations probably the end of next week, and we will have some soft openings to introduce you to the space and raise some bucks for our friends.
Stay tuned to this space."
Camp at Douglas Ranch
3200 E Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924