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Restaurant Opening | Chef Scott Heinonen Breathes New Life Into The Cottage

Posted on: June 11th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Flagstaff’s quaint eatery, Cottage Place has been given a makeover and a new name. The re-invention, The Cottage, dazzled diners with its inaugural dinner service on April 23rd of this year, offering more of a French culinary adventure.

Chef Scott Heinonen breathes new life into the cottage (1)

Photo Credit | The Cottage

Who is The Cottage’s Chef Scott Heinonen?

Chef and owner Scott Heinonen purchased the business from Frank Branham who had owned and operated Cottage place for 22 years. The restaurant closed its doors for six weeks to allow for its renovations. The Cottage is currently serving French bistro cuisine six nights a week and is closed on Tuesday.

Beet Chevre at The Cottage

Photo Credit | The Cottage

Chef Scott Heinonen brings a wealth of experience and talent to the restaurant. He is a graduate of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. In the past 30 years, Chef Heinonen has garnered experience through his positions in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Northern California. He also attended The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. He also spent some time as private chef to Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.

Chef Scott Heinonen

Photo Credit | The Cottage

Chef Heinonen was the opening chef of the popular ​Cuveé 928 Wine Bar & Café when he returned to Flagstaff in 2015. Here, his cooking was met with rave reviews by locals and critics alike. Heinonen followed up this accomplishment by fulfilling a lifelong goal of operating his own restaurant when Tinderbox Kitchen opened in May of 2009. This opening helped to lead the culinary resurgence of Flagstaff and San Francisco Street’s Southside. The focus on redefined American comfort food quickly made Tinderbox Kitchen a local favorite.

The opening of The Cottage brings about a new culinary chapter for Chef Heinonen. He has worked tirelessly to transform the space, long since known for fine dining, into a stylish farmhouse French bistro.

The cuisine at The Cottage will reflect the regional country dishes of France, with a touch of Heinonen’s modern sensibility. The menu will incorporate locally sourced ingredients along with Chef’s passion for cooking with the seasons. You can look forward to exploring French cuisine prepared with heart and soul, in a way only Chef Heinonen can.

The Cottage | 126 W. Cottage Ave. | Flagstaff | 86001 | 928.774.8431

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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