Cafe closes abruptly in Scotts Valley
by Peter Burke
Jun 17, 2013 | 11055 views | 12 12 comments | 191 191 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heavenly Cafe closed its doors permanently and with little notice on Sunday, June 9.
Heavenly Cafe closed its doors permanently and with little notice on Sunday, June 9.
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The empty Heavenly Cafe dining room on Monday, June 17.
The empty Heavenly Cafe dining room on Monday, June 17.
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Truckloads of equipment from the Heavenly Cafe were prepared to be taken away on Monday, June 17.
Truckloads of equipment from the Heavenly Cafe were prepared to be taken away on Monday, June 17.
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This story has been updated.

Heavenly Café, one of Scotts Valley’s landmark breakfast destinations, closed for business abruptly Sunday, June 9 due to an undisclosed family matter.

Co-owner Junior Rodriguez and a cleanup crew were working Monday, June 17, removing all the food, tables and chairs and cooking equipment from the restaurant.

“It was a community staple,” Rodriguez said. “It’s unfortunate it had to happen like this.”

Rodriguez declined to go into specifics about the reason for the closure, only saying that it was “a personal family matter,” and that the family is “unable to operate it anymore.”

Rodriguez who ran the front of the house, co-owns the restaurant with his uncle John Gryspos and cousins Nicko and John Jr.

He said the restaurant would not be re-opening under the family’s ownership and the family members were going separate ways.

“We had a strong run,” Rodriguez said. “(The family matter and closure) came out of nowhere. We had to close within a couple of days.”

The restaurant was founded in Felton in 1955 as Heavenly Hamburger and the name was changed to Heavenly Cafe in 1978. Rene Lehman purchased the restaurant in 1981 and added a catering element, calling it Heavenly Café and Catering. In 1989, it was sold to Okcha Mix who dropped the catering business and renamed the restaurant as Heavenly Café. Mix married Robert Blonder of Boulder Creek and after losing the lease in Felton, the couple moved the café to the larger location at 1210 Mount Hermon Road in Scotts Valley, just outside Scotts Valley city limits. Mix passed away in 1999 and several years later Blonder sold the restaurant to Marite Dufour who owned and operated it from 2004 to 2006 before selling to the Rodriguez family who purchased it in June 2006.

The Rodriguez’s leased the property on Mount Hermon Road from Blonder. Rodriguez said that the family will take the liquor license and name with it, and has not attempted to sell the business. However, if approached, they may entertain offers, Rodriguez said.

The café, which was open for breakfast and lunch, was known especially for its eggs Benedict. The family-run restaurant had 12 employees.

Blonder said he is working with REG Real Estate in Santa Cruz to lease the now vacant property.

“We’re hoping something happens soon,” Blonder said this week. “We expect with that location, that it will.”

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BLMom
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June 21, 2013
Felton Trout Farm Inn is only a few miles down the road from Heavenly Café and serves up an amazing breakfast. Beautiful setting, great food. Give it a try. They serve breakfast Sat & Sun from 9-2
SkySeaSun
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June 19, 2013
They should have called Gordon Ramsey.
BC family
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June 18, 2013
we are so sad to see Heavenly Cafe close. It has been our favorite breakfast spot for many years. We got really close with alot of the staff there.

Good food & good company == good times.

Miss you all Heavenly Cafe.

wish you all the very best.
Marco in SV
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June 18, 2013
What a shame. I'm really sad. This was our family's favorite breakfast place, where we've been dining for years and bringing our kids since they were infants. We were always treated like family, with love and genuine kindness. And it was one of those places where we always felt comfortable bringing our little rugrats, even when fully embracing their toddlerhood.

Thank you to the Heavenly team for so many delicious meals. You will be greatly missed.
Napiaz
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June 18, 2013
I am pretty upset about the closure. I understand that things come up, but it's still very, very sad. My significant other and I were regular patrons there for years--we usually got the same server and we wouldn't even be given a menu because we always got the same thing. Now we will have to settle for someone else's eggs benedict and it will never be as good. We will miss Heavenly!
Eggs Benedictine
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June 18, 2013
If you really went to Heavenly's for the benedict, you will be pleasantly surprised by that dish elsewhere (maybe not in scotts valley). Heavenly's Cheese sauce is a poor excuse for hollandaise. Good riddance.
Cheesy Hollandaise
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June 20, 2013
Cheesy Hollandaise sauce rules! "Eggs Benedictine" is talking out of their butt. There's only one other restaurant where I will let them pour the Hollandaise sauce all over my Eggs Benedict other than the now-closed Heavenly Café, and I cannot disclose it because they run out so fast.

I bet "Eggs Benedictine" likes mayonnaise in their sauce, too. Gross.
Hilton SCSV
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June 17, 2013
We are really going to miss sending our guests there in the mornings. I will really miss the service and environment they offered, not many other places like it in Santa Cruz county.
Sierra Nevada
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June 17, 2013
Guessing it was their total lack of skill in money management that sunk them. Too bad for the locals.
mojca
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June 17, 2013
How would you know Sierra? That place was the best.......we will all miss it. Darn!
Big Al
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June 18, 2013
Ha. Ha. Ha. It is too bad for the locals and seeing as

the family who owned Heavenly are locals, how

about a little support for them. Speculation does

nothing but start rumors. They treated the customers,

employees, and anyone that came in as family and

served awesome food. So instead of assuming its

because of money they closed. I would like to say

thank you to Heavenly for being a great place to go

and I wish you all the best of luck!
Professor Pat
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June 25, 2013
I'm thinking tax problems.....


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