George’s Hideaway comes out of hiding
The train no longer stops at Montesano, and the train station has morphed into George’s Hideaway, a rustic 122-year-old structure that’s a relic from another era has reopened under the management of Phil and Deb McGauley, and according to word on the street, it’s getting a lot of attention.
According to Ms. McGauley, it was originally a train station called Montesano, which was purchased in the early 1900s by Evelyn Ripkin and her husband and had a reputation for being a rowdy tavern with six bedrooms, mostly furnished with loose women. It has the feel of a Black Forest hunting lodge, with stone fireplace, antlers on the wall, a long well-used bar and a floor which, like a setting sun, slopes gently down from the east to the west.
Deb McGauley reports that “I’m unable to open the upstairs to use due to the condition of the building, but it’s truly amazing!” Restaurants have come and gone at the location and the latest edition is a mom-and-pop operation that features pot pies made by the apparently capable hands of chef Phil McGauley.
As of late, Guerneville and environs has indeed become a hot destination for foodies, has been written about in nationally circulated magazines and out-of-town newspapers, and now 3/P’s promises to make it a taste hotter.
Within the last year or so, joining Chef Patrick’s, the River Inn, the Garden Grill, Main Street Station, the Highland Dell, Trio, the Village Inn, Agriculture, the Taqueria and Coffee Bazaar several new eateries have opened, among them Ono’ s Hawaiian BBQ, Boon Eat + Drink, the Big Bottom, Monte Rio’s Bridge Cafe, Hi-Five Korean/American and now 3/P’s (for Phil’s Pot Pies). In a few months Seaside Metal, a raw oyster bar and seafood establishment with roots in San Francisco will open next to the Rainbow.
According to Ms. McGauley, 3/P’s staff shops locally for their basics such as seafood from The Tides, meat and poultry from Santa Rosa Meat and Poultry, and gets fresh produce from Imwalle Gardens, one of Sonoma county’s oldest and most praiseworthy nurseries.
Chef Phil has 30 years of culinary experience, says Deb McGauley, beginning with Chef John Ash, and he was the VIP Hospitality chef at Korbel for almost two decades. In 2011 the McGauleys started selling homemade savory and fruit pot pies, and word-of-mouth success fired their desire to open a restaurant.
They call their cozy cabin a Comfort Food Station and plan on selling take-and-bake pot pies in the near future.
Their pot pies take 45 minutes to put together, but if you know you want one, you can phone ahead. Or you can borrow a book from their bookshelf, watch the Niners on the TV and talk to Jeannie behind the bar while you wait.
Here is 3P’s current current website, which includes menu information.http://www.3ps-philspotpies.com
The McGauleys have been open since Nov. 29, “the rainiest, windiest, scariest day of the year so far, to a packed house.” says Deb who, along with Phil, is looking toward the horizon at a bright and busy pie-filled future.
The 3/P’s “Grand Opening” is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, with the ever-popular THUGZ will be helping them cruise into the future by performing a freebie from 3 – 7 p.m.
Tie-Dye tribal hippies jamming in a 122-year-old hunting lodge by the Russian River in the shadow of redwoods, hot pot-pies in the oven, cozy fireplace, no cover charge. It’s almost enough to make the locals feel smug about living here.
Where: 18100 Hwy. 116, halfway between Monte Rio and Guerneville