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Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room in Santa Rosa

Belly Left Coast Kitchen in Santa Rosa

A rock star chef is heading up Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room in downtown Santa Rosa. But not that rock star chef.

Slated for a spring 2013, owner Chef Gray Rollin, who’s been Tour Chef for the likes of Motley Crue, KISS, the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and most recently Linkin Park, is rehabbing the former Checkers restaurant (523 Fourth Street) to showcase a hearty menu of locally-inspired comfort foods from throughout the Pacific.

Already booked for several weeks of touring, however, Gray has tapped¬†partner and co-exec chef Reino Cruz and GM Pablo Scurto to get the restaurant ready for a mid-March opening. All three have worked at Tres Hombres, with Cruz’ most recent stint at Lark Creek restaurant Yankee Pier in Mill Valley.

Look for dishes like Three Hog Mac and Cheese with chorizo, smoked bacon and pancetta; pulled pork sliders and beer-braised sausages; tuna poke, Crab Louie and Dungeness Crab Cakes, the “Belly Burger”, crispy braised pork belly, barbecue ribs, chorizo Brussels Sprouts and churro fondue along with 20 beers on tap.

Stay tuned for more details.

Interior construction at Belly Left Coast Kitchen and Tap Room in Santa Rosa