Workers are preparing the grand Queen Anne mansion at 115 N. Santa Cruz Avenue for another incarnation as Palacio, which will feature upscale, south-of-the-border cuisine. The new owners, Dean Devincenzi and Ron Garaldo, of Forbes Mill Steakhouse and Double Ds Sports Grille, have not set an opening date, but they are accepting applications for management positions.
High-end Mexican cuisine suggests mole, adobo, tequila butter, guajillo salsa, cilantro, queso fresca, Oaxacan-style cheese fondue, arroz almendra, blue corn chips, and fried plantains. Perhaps a traditional or pomegrante margarita. Co-owner Devincenzi told food journalist Stett Holbrook that Reposado in Palo Alto, among others, provided an inspiration for the menu.
Once a grand home, one of many along N. Santa Cruz Ave., the Coggeshall Mansion was built in 1891 and converted into the Place Mortuary in 1917. When it re-opened as the Chart House restaurant in 1976, the bar in the back was called the Embalming Room. After the Chart House closed, the restaurant was known as Trevese from March 2007 to Fall 2009, but it has been shuttered for well over a year.
DeMattei Construction is performing an extensive renovation, moving the bar closer to the street and relocating the kitchen to the rear alley.