Three Cooks to become Wishbone

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Three Cooks Cafe reopening as Wishbone

Three Cooks Cafe reopening as Wishbone

After nearly thirty years, Petaluma breakfast landmark Three Cooks Cafe will soon have new owners and a new name.

Owner Bobby Mangano is retiring, and local restaurateurs Miriam Donaldson and Josh Norwitt will reopen the cafe as Wishbone in October.

You may remember Donaldson and Norwitt from their Cotati  Penngrove venture, Humble Pie, and subsequent cafe, Blue Label at Santa Rosa’s Belvedere. Plans are for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch “with all due style and love,” according to Donaldson. The name: A nod to Petaluma’s feathery chicken ranching history and “an all around merry thought,” she said.

Before Bobby departs, however, the couple encourage folks to stop by and say farewell. ” He deserves a fine send off for keeping it real for almost 3 decades,” she said.

841 Petaluma Blvd North, Petaluma.

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15 Responses

  1. Terry Wagener November 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I am looking forward to eating at the Wishbone. I loved the Humble Pie and Blue Label. Those two restaurants were part of the reason I visited the Santa Rosa area. I will be coming down from Bainbridge Island, Washington to enjoy the new restaurant of Miriam and Josh. Can’t’ wait !!!!

  2. Sean November 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm #

    I am soooo excited to have the folks from Blue Label and Humble Pie right down the street from us. My wife and I took over Humble Pie for our post-wedding party and had the BEST time and best food there. We loved Blue Plate as well. I guess I know where we’ll be eating this weekend!

  3. Jennifer C September 8, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Best wishes to Mr. Mangano on his retirement and many thanks to the delilcious breakfasts over that past few years! My husband and I will miss Three Cooks, and at the same time we are beyond thrilled that the Humble Pie/Blue Label folks are opening up in Petaluma!!!! Humble Pie was an all-time favorite, and we’ll be amongst the first in line to check out and support Wishbone! I just took a peek at the menus on the Wishbone website and was thrilled to see some old favorites as well as some other delectable-sounding dishes.

  4. Julie August 15, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

    Best greasy spoon in town with the best Eggs Benedict I have ever had. I will miss this place big time. Good luck to you.

  5. Late eater July 27, 2013 at 11:44 am #


    I loved humble pie and blue label, can’t wait.

  6. Yummo Crummo July 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    Yum! I loved the Blue Label. I cannot wait to dine with Miriam, Josh, and little Poppy. They make GREAT food and are really nice folk.

  7. Tanya July 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Man, you guys are all so harsh on dates and names. Who cares? The restaurant is changing ownership. It is what it is.

  8. Billy July 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Bittersweet news. I’ll have to drop by for one final “kitchen sink” omelet.

    • ccpenn July 24, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Your reporter has the facts wrong. I ate in that same cafe 50 years ago.

      • Miriam Donaldson July 25, 2013 at 9:24 am #

        Nope. Its right. You are right however that you ate at a restaurant called the 3 cooks cafe in petaluma 50 years ago but its not the same restaurant. The current owner Bobby bought the restaurant 27 years ago when it was a BBQ joint. Because the 3 cooks sign was still up Bobby decided to use the name and so its been the 3 cooks now (again) for 27 years. Trust me on this one, I got it from the ol cookie himself.

        • ccpenn July 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

          You are wrong…The Name 3 Cooks has been on the sign not matter who ran that greasy spoon. I hope the new operators clean that hole up. For good food try the Boulevard Cafe. Daniel provides great food, great service and reasonable prices.

  9. Shawn July 24, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    When is Three Cooks closing its doors. :( I’m gonna miss that place.

  10. Bob July 24, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Will miss 3 Cooks. Hope Wishbone keeps some of their eccentric menu items.

  11. Jim Davis July 24, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Humble Pie was in Penngrove, not Cotati.

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