So, some time ago, a restaurant in upstate NY closed to absolutely no fanfare and to some folks' chagrin and surprise. It was called Madderlake Cafe (run by Scott and Laura) -- and the sign on the door indicated the restaurant was going to reopen sometime within the next few months elsewhere. I assumed, as did most I know, that the somewhere else would be in our area. And then, a few nights ago, I was checking out who clicked where to get here and lo and behold, I solved the mystery! Madderlake Cafe has become Quarry Ponds Cafe -- in California. The menu has strong similarities. The chef and sommellier are the same. Established in Summer 2009. So: the rebirth of Madderlake, for those who care, is not nearby but in California. Scott and Laura did surface -- and not in upstate NY! So, if you are traveling somewhere to the northeast of Sacramento. . . you can find again that madcaroni and cheese, this time not with andouille sausage but with Neuske bacon -- and you can also find that cold-weather wonderful shrimp and duck gumbo. (Misspelled on the web menu, the meat with the madcaroni and cheese is really Nueske.)
Here's their former website, indicating they would reopen last summer. And here's the new location! What? No Finger Lakes wines? Not sure. Their wine list on the site is "Coming Soon" as of October 2009.
Anyway, for old times' sake, here's an interview with them at Cooking with Ideas.
Did you know about this? What's the hot gossip?