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Sep 12, 2013 07:07 PM

New venture for Douglas Keane [Rohnert Park]


I've never tried his food but he is my favourite on Top Chef Masters for his sense of humour.

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  1. I loved the food at Cyrus, but "DK Wings" in a casino's 24-hr marketplace?!?!

    More details about his Mexican wine adventure thing vs the restaurant.

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    1. re: drewskiSF

      Fair enough, but I hadn't seen a mention on CH and thought it might be interesting to follow the story.

      1. re: grayelf

        I'm interested to see how it shapes up too. Just surprised :)

      2. re: drewskiSF

        Really kicking myself for having never gone to Cyrus. The guy ran what many considered to be better than the French Laundry. What's the hold-up on opening up a new place to continue in the tradition? Why's he doing casino food and managing a bar/pub? Especially after watching his phenominal cooking on Top Chef, I'm itching for a 2/3-star calliber entry from Doug.

        1. re: drewskiSF

          If that sparked your interest, here's the webpage with the other chef ventures that will be part of the casino.

          Keane and partners have been managing the Healdsburg Bar & Grill for several years (pre-closure of Cyrus).

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            hmmm. checking the menu at M.Y. China: 黑松露小籠包 ! Black truffle XLBs. 5 for $18, which is close to what Din Tai Fung charges in Taipei. Wonder if they are anywhere close to as good.

            Melanie, if you can get through the traffic...

            1. re: Thomas Nash

              Friends are already plotting a visit but we'll probably wait a month or so for things to calm down. We want to give them time to get over opening jitters yet get in there before they start to cheapen the product.

              I've been wondering how I'm getting home at the end of the week and have been studying the news accounts and traffic reports. Today was much less congested, but even at 1/10 yesterday's crowd, still sizable numbers. The parking lot holds 5,700 cars. 511.org has traffic alerts for the casino and CHP is advising alternate routing on Stony Point Rd. So, I think that instead of Stony Point which is west of the freeway, as is the casino, I'll take Hwy 37-Lakeville Hwy-Petaluma Hill Road up to downtown Santa Rosa.

              It will be interesting to see if the news reports of the opening day traffic jams keep wine tasters away this weekend. Maybe they'll net out.



        2. Today's opening day for the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park. From the traffic updates posted in the Press Democrat, sounds like it has basically shut down 101 in the northbound direction.

          My favorite quote from a CHP officer:
          “Many many people are parking a considerable distance away and walking in,” said CHP Officer Jon Sloat.

          “It's seriously like the dumbest zombie movie you've ever seen. They're coming from everywhere,” said Sloat, who supervises media inquiries.

          Guess we're in for interesting times trying to drive anywhere north of Petaluma.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Drat, I smell trouble for our planned eating and quaffing jaunt to Santa Rosa and Healdsburg this Sat. Thanks for the heads up. Wonder when it will abate...

            1. re: grayelf

              With this kind of traffic on a weekday, the weekend is bound to be more insane. So far folks are saying it will probably continue for a few weeks. One friend reported that he could got through RP easily at 9pm tonight, but the northbound far right hand lane for the exit to the casino was backed up as far as the eye could see. I'm envisioning taking the long way and driving up Hwy 1 to get home . . .

              Here's the local food media report from the press preview,

              1. re: grayelf

                Hmm, and I just read this account that the casino just north of Healdsburg had so much overflow from gamblers locked out of Rohnert Park, it had to close its gates as well. And Hopland 30+ miles north of Healdsburg was busy too. So the added traffic congestion doesn't stop at Rohnert Park but continues north.

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Yikes! As if the traffic on 101 wasn't already bad enough!

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    We've been squeezing through multiple highway expansion construction projects the past few years through Marin and Sonoma counties. And I've been dreaming how nice it will be when they're all done and there are uniform six lanes through the corridor with more capacity. I thought I'd be able to enjoy it for a few years before congestion builds back up again. Then this casino opened.

                    Everyone's just waiting to see what the weekend shakes out to be. It will be interesting to hear if winery visits fall off.

                    ETA: traffic seemed to be normal tonight.

            2. Last night's commute turned out to be a non-event. Maybe even easier than usual for a Friday night of a holiday weekend. Took me 55 minutes to drive from 580 merge onto 101 in San Rafael (5:05pm) to the casino door (6pm), a distance of about 35 miles. The major slow down was from road construction at the point where four lanes funnel into two through Novato. From Petaluma northward, 101 was eerily deserted with close to no cars driving northward. Multiple billboards along the route promote 101 Casino and River Rock Casino, their answer to the new competition.

              I did a walk through The Marketplace (food court). This is a non-smoking area. The most popular spot was The Habit hamburger grill and the line for burgers made it hard to get close to a couple of the other stands. I'll mention that DK Wings are 10 for ~$9, which is a little lower than shown on the online menu. And I now regret not buying a sampler from the pickle bar to go.

              “Traffic crunch at Graton Resort & Casino not over, CHP warns”

              1. Well, I did try DK Wings two months ago. Not good at all, and the photos used to sell the food were misleading. But I won't go into the gory details since the news today is that it has closed.

                My photos:

                Douglas Keane closes chicken wings eatery in Graton Resort & Casino

                1. I did try them about a month ago and had the Korean style - I had been to Korea juit a few months before so there was no comparison - his lost hands down. The order was a good size though. I also tried some pickled green beans which I could not eat as the 5 spice dominated the flavor so strongly - I threw them away. I had been to Cyrus one time and had one of the best meals of my life. BTW it never occurred to me that smoking would be allowed at the Casino (not in the food court) so I could not wait to get out of there...