Zayante’s Trout Farm Inn sets May 3 comeback

The pool deck at the Trout Farm Inn in a photo from .
The pool deck at the Trout Farm Inn in a 2022 photo.
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After a short-lived opening last summer, the Trout Farm Inn is bringing a full food and beverage menu, including a signature cocktail program, to the table next week. Reopening the pool will likely wait until later in May, but it’ll be full speed ahead on food and drink amid the redwoods.

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Mark your calendars. The long-awaited bar and restaurant at Trout Farm Inn in Zayante is slated to open May 3 with service seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A friends and family-only soft opening this week will help work out any remaining kinks before opening to the public next week, with a full food and beverage menu, according to co-owner Kym DeWitt. That will also include a signature cocktail program.

DeWitt said they’re keeping the menu a surprise for now, but that “we’re putting in a lot of attention to detail.”

The Trout Farm Inn, first opened as a resort in 1903, was destroyed by a 2016 fire. Leading the revitalization efforts are the owners of Soquel’s Beer Thirty and Watsonville’s Beer Mule — DeWitt and her husband, Shawd DeWitt, and Olive Moredock and Craig Renfroe. The spot opened briefly last summer for use of the pool, serving light snacks and canned drinks. That was short-lived, thanks to code snags that prompted a shutdown shortly before Labor Day.

While an exact timeline for the pool’s reopening is still up in the air, DeWitt said they anticipate that happening later in May. Until then, guests can come enjoy a meal and some drinks in the renovated space surrounded by redwoods.