The recently closed Downtown Eatery in Redding will soon reopen with a nod to the establishment’s past.
Tapas Downtown owners Christine Silver and Brad Tillson are joining forces with Old Millhouse owner Bob Gallegos to reopen the business and call it Maxwell’s Downtown Eatery. The Shervan Square restaurant was called Maxwell’s before it became the popular lunch spot Cheesecake’s Unlimited and later the Downtown Eatery.
The new restaurant will serve pub food including the pizza and sandwiches that have kept Gallegos in business for years in his west Redding establishment.
"We’re excited to be bringing Bob’s food downtown," said Silver on Monday.
The group plans to have the new establishment open by mid-June. In addition to Gallegos’ sandwiches and pizza, look for "killer burgers" to also be on the menu.
The group has chatted about having open mic events (possibly on Thursdays), with live music on Friday and Saturday nights. In recent years, Gallegos has battled with the city of Redding to present his summer Hops and Bops music festivals. The pub would give him a downtown venue for presenting live music.
The new restaurant and pub will likely be open Tuesday through Saturday.
A pizza oven will be put in place at the new Maxwell’s and the group has a few other spruce up plans.
Silver said she has been interested in the Downtown Eatery location for quite some time. When she received word that it had potentially opened back up again, she walked into her own bar at Tapas and saw Gallegos, a longtime friend, sitting there. That’s when the idea for collaboration hit her.
When she talked to Gallegos about it, he said he’d long wanted to try his hand downtown.
Sounds like a good matchup for downtown Redding.
"We’re thrilled to be bringing something else downtown," Silver said.
Hand-blown glass pieces from the renowned Orient & Flume in Chico and select vintages from north state wineries will be among the items up for bid Friday and Saturday during the KIXE Invitational Art and Wine Auction.
A piece from Orient & Flume available in the auction.
The two-night auction will be broadcast live on Channel 9 beginning at 7 p.m. Viewers will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind works and support public television in the north state, says Vickie Shattuck, KIXE’s auction coordinator.
Also up for bid will be glass works by Cherry Tree Studios and Paul Crosbie, both of Chico, as well as oil paintings, water colors, sculpture, ceramics, photography, jewelry and Oriental rugs.
Wine lovers will get a chance to preview varietals and dessert wines donated by local vintners, including Vidal, Matson, Burnsini and Lassen Peak.
For those interested, visit www.kixe.org to view selected works and make advance bids. For more information, visit the KIXE offices at 603 N. Market St. in Redding or call Shattuck at 243-5493 or e-mail her firstname.lastname@example.org.