BiteClub hears that Gary Danko alum, Kolin Vazzoler, may be tapped as chef for Cyrus toque Douglas Keane’s in-the-works steakhouse venture. Vazzoler was executive sous chef in Danko’s kitchen for eight years, and more recently executive chef at Marche in Menlo Park.
Though Keane is still reportedly in the process of nailing down some final details on the space (the former Cena Luna), it’s no secret that he’s been jonesing for a steakhouse in Healdsburg for some time. Keane’s been real estate scoping for months, and recently told BiteClub, “I can’t believe people haven’t done it yet in Healdsburg. All we really have for great steaks in Sonoma County is Stark’s, and people in Healdsburg won’t always go to Santa Rosa. I’ve just always wanted to do this for the great wines here.”
But don’t expect it to be called “Cyrus Steak”. Keane recently said that the restaurant will incorporate his signature Asian influences, but won’t be as high end and tweezer-perfect as multi-Michelin-starred Cyrus. “This will be all about the meat, the flavors and the wines. Simple California cuisine.”
This is the third venture for the chef. Along with Cyrus, Keane is part of the management team of the casual burgery, Healdsburg Bar and Grill, along with Cyrus maitre’d Nick Peyton. He will be a co-owner of the steakhouse and plans to involve Peyton in the management team.