Restaurant will pay tribute to Estacada's history
At the Cazadero Inn, a model train and ticket booth will soon welcome visitors to the Estacada mainstay. At the restaurant's bar, patrons might feel as though they're back in the town's logging days with homages to the former Park Lumber Mill.
Sherry and Cam Andrus have purchased the Cazadero Inn and plan to take over operations at the end of this month. The mother-son team, who had previously hoped to purchase The County Restaurant, plans to convert the Estacada mainstay at 352 Southeast Highway 211 into an upscale casual restaurant that pays tribute to the town's history.
"It's going to be like eating back in the day," Sherry said, noting that displays will highlight Estacada's connections to the railroad and logging industries.
But before the remodel of the restaurant — which will be known as The Cazadero rather than the The Cazadero Inn — the new owners want to focus on establishing customer service and incorporating community feedback into the menu.
The restaurant will serve a combination of favorite dishes from the Cazadero Inn and new items.
"For the first month, we'll ask them to come in and tell us what they want to see. We'll let Estacada design the restaurant they want," Sherry said.
Sherry and Cam also plan to host a meet and greet event during which attendees can vote on
items they'd like to eat at the restaurant.
"We want people to know we will be listening to everyone," Cam said. "We want to be extremely transparent and very responsive to everybody. The menu changes will be based on feedback we've received from people of what they want to see."
Other plans for The Cazadero include an all-day breakfast, a shuffleboard, a loyalty rewards program, a food challenge involving a 21-ounce sandwich and specialty dinners featuring a meal paired with a corresponding wine. There are also plans for ordering via a cell phone app and Facebook.
The restaurant will be a family-friendly establishment, and there are several plans to ensure that everyone has fun. For example, puzzle pieces will be sent to customers, and if they are able to determine how they fit in a mostly-finished puzzle on display, they will receive a prize.
Cam and Sherry are eager for customers to experience what's in store at the restaurant.
"It's going to be an experience when you eat at The Cazadero," Sherry said.