Petar’s in Lafayette to Become The Cooperage

Petar's now shuttered red door.
Petar's now shuttered red door. Photo: Courtesy of Petar's

There is already a taker for the recently shuttered, long-lived Petar’s in Lafayette, and it’s Andrew McCormick, owner of the recently closed City Tavern in the Marina, and son of McCormick & Schmick’s co-founder Bill McCormick. As Diablo reports, it’s going to be called The Cooperage, and will feature “roadhouse-style” American food, inspired by places like Buckeye Roadhouse, and the chef will be Eric Hopfinger, most recently of Jake’s in the Castro, and previously of Waterfront. McCormick is happy to be working on a project near where he lives. “I’m 43 years old; I opened City Tavern when I was 25, and the kids going there are still 25, so you kind of get tired of babysitting,” he says. “Here I can have a restaurant that’s targeted more to my demographic.” [Diablo]