Food: No holes in donut mogul’s cafe plans

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Harvey Cohen, renowned funny guy with a top hat, long greying hair and several mini donut machines, is moving ahead on his long-awaited café on Railroad Avenue.

Even if you are on a diet, watching the raw donut dough bubble along the grease belt to heaven, you cannot resist those little babies when they come out and fill a paper cone with the toppings of your choice.

Harvey and Georgia Cohen are excited to say they now have an eight-year lease on the kitchen and courtyard once occupied by Joanne and Keith Filipello’s Wild Thyme Catering. It was not having the lease confirmed that kept the Cohens from moving ahead with their café plans. While building owner Suzie Westerbeke does plan to sell the building – available for $1.4 million – according to Cohen, the lease comes with the building.

Old-timers will remember the site as the former offices of the Valley of the Moon Water District. Wild Thyme Catering later moved in and held years of “Dining Club Rive Gauche” dinners there. Those events often sold out because of the Keith Filipello’s great food, and were complemented by live performances by Rive Gauche musicians including the late Norton Buffalo, Tommy Thomsen and “Queen of Boogie Woogie” Wendy DeWitt, as well as French and Italian singers, even Sonoma’s international belly dance star Nathalie Tedrick.

The Filipellos moved their commercial kitchen to another location about eight years ago and continued Rive Gauche dinners elsewhere.

Delicious Dish moved in briefly but relocated to the former diner next to the former driving range on Arnold Drive.

Then came Harvey’s Gourmet Mini Donuts, and happiness spread from clients Google and Facebook to locals at the Tuesday evening farmers market. To reach Cohen for catering call 246-5928.

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