Cebolla to open on Halloween night

Cebolla, a new restaurant in the old Stillwater location south of town, plans to open with an all-night dance party on Halloween.

The restaurant at 1951 Ashland St. will open at 5 p.m. Monday and offer a tapas menu and bar food, live music and a deejay until 6 a.m.

"We just want people to see what we're all about," said owner and head chef Kevin Dikes.

Lost Maven will perform at 5 p.m. with the Robbie Dacosta Band to follow until 10 p.m. Cover charge is $5, or $3 for those in costume, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Team Redwood Haiti Relief fund from Crescent City, Calif.

The restaurant does not yet have a liquor license, so no alcohol will be served Halloween night. An Oregon Liquor and Control Commission spokesman said Dikes is in the application process and still needs approval from the Ashland City Council. The earliest he could obtain a license would be mid-November, the spokesman said.

Dikes, a concert promoter and chef from the Bay Area, started renovating the building about three months ago. He said he plans to focus on locally grown, organic ingredients for the restaurant and offer live music nightly. During the week, Dikes plans to offer a brunch service from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with traditional breakfast and lunch items. The menu will change weekly and will depend on what Dikes finds in season at the Ashland Growers Market.

"We're lucky to open before the harvest season is through," said Dikes. "Oregon's bounty is at its peak."

Since Dikes grew up in Smith River, near the Oregon/California border, he knows the rainy winter is just around the corner. He's making contacts with local farmers to get fresh produce once the growers market closes for the season. Dikes is particularly pleased about getting fresh tomatoes year-round from a hydroponic tomato farmer he's found.

"I'm not shooting for gourmet, just good food," said Dikes. "I'm not trying to compete with fine-dining restaurants, I just want to focus on fresh ingredients."

Dikes also plans to apply what he learned working for two years with chefs in Spain to add a little Latin flavor. Hence the name Cebolla (pronounced suh-BOY-ya), which means "onion" in Spanish. He likens the use of onions in many recipes as a binding agent to his restaurant and music venue, which he hopes will bring people together.

Using his expertise as a concert promoter in San Francisco, Dikes has decided to make a different genre of music available each night the bar is open, using local musicians, touring acts and three house deejays.

Tuesday nights will feature an open mic and acoustic jam, Thursday's music will be Top 40 pop mash-up, Friday will be electronic club-style dance music, Saturday will be open for live concerts, and Sunday will be underground house and dubstep spun by one of his deejays.

After living in the Bay Area for eight years, Dikes said he was tired of the big city life and wanted to come home to the mountains and woods.

"Ashland is the perfect balance of culture and art," he said.

Mandy Valencia is a reporter for the Mail Tribune. Reach her at 541-776-4486 or by email at

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