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New Santa Rosa Restaurant: Pullman Kitchen at Railroad Square

Diners who remember chef Darren McRonald from his delicious work at the former West County Grill in Sebastopol have new reason to be happy. He has just signed all the official papers required to take over the former Three Squares space at 5th and Davis streets in Santa Rosa.

If construction and permits go as planned, he hopes to have his Pullman Kitchen restaurant open by the middle of April.

For the past few years since West County closed, McRonald has been working with the Cindy Pawlcyn collection of restaurants in Napa Valley. As has been his longtime specialty, the food at Pullman will be Cal-Mediterranean. That means Sonoma County-sourced ingredients starring on the plates, with no heavy sauces.

And plenty of variety, too. Ingredients will be updated at least weekly, and dishes will be constantly rotating depending on what the chef feels tastes best.

It’s a homecoming for McRonald, actually, since he has lived in Santa Rosa for the last seven years. He says he has always wanted a great place for dinner in his own neighborhood, and so that’s his plan, with meals served nightly, along with weekend brunch, plus, eventually, weekday lunch.

Even the name of the restaurant has local ties. It refers to the eatery’s railroad location, and the historic Pullman dining cars that trains used to tug along.

Details: The Pullman Kitchen, 205 Fifth St., Santa Rosa.

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