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New leaders at Estacada mainstay plan grand opening event with live music, special plates

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - The new management team at the Cazadero Inn is eager to provide new menu items and old favorites to guests.

The new management team at the Cazadero Inn hopes to combine new menu elements with favorite staples to create a memorable dining experience for customers.

The Estacada mainstay was purchased by Richard Holliday several months ago. He and his team will host a grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the restaurant, 352 S.W. Highway 224.

The event will feature live music, specials at the bar and a variety of plates that will allow attendees to sample several entrees. Items highlighted will include halibut, alligator, cajun shrimp scampi, bacon wrapped scallops and a dungeness crab melt.

The restaurant now boasts a new menu, as well as menus for happy hour and late night.

"We've given seafood a new twist," said Kristina Holliday, a member of the restaurant's management team.

Chef Jeff Loftis added that he's particularly excited about the alligator tail on the menu.

"It's a naturally peppery flavor," he said. "It's a really robust flavor."

In addition to new food items, the Cazadero Inn's team also plans to offer live music, karaoke and open mike nights for their guests.

Also, parts of the restaurant will soon be remodeled .

"We're trying to open up the space, open the view up and create better areas for banquet parties. We want to add a secondary bar," Kristina Holliday said.

Loftis noted that they value feedback from customers, particularly given the restaurant's longevity in the area.

"The building has been here for so long, the community becomes part of the building," he said. "We want people to know we didn't come here to completely change their favorite restaurant. We love being able to get feedback from the community. We need community feedback of what they want to eat."

Sous chef Matty Flink also mentioned the value of feedback from the community.

"We want their feedback so we can fix things and move forward and use what they say and think," he said.

Loftis said he thinks customers will come to appreciate some of the restaurant's changes.

"We want to revamp and freshen up the menu with different items that people will come to love once they've tried it," he said.

Richard Holliday has owned eight other restaurants, including Buffalo Bills in Beavercreek, Doc Holladay's in Oregon City, Big Daddy's in Auburn, Wash., Red Fish Blue Fish in Florida and Ozzie's in Seattle.

"I'm just a small town boy who grew up in a logging town," he said, referencing his childhood in Myrtle Creek in southwest Oregon. "I fell in love with Estacada and all the fine people here."

The management team encouraged Estacada residents and visitors to stop by the Cazadero Inn.

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