Za’s restaurant to return to Tahoe City this spring |

Za’s restaurant to return to Tahoe City this spring

Margaret Moran

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – After a several-year absence, Za’s restaurant is returning to Tahoe City this spring at its prior location behind Pete N Peter’s.

The restaurant owner, Jonny Roscher, who has been traveling with the John Force Racing drag team as its team chief, said he decided to reopen the restaurant because he loves Tahoe City and is looking for another challenge.

“I’m really excited that everybody in town is excited,” said Roscher, adding that residents have been approaching him about the reopening and telling him their favorite dishes Za’s used to serve when it was open from 1988 to 2005.

Patrons can expect the menu to have some of the same dishes as before, such as smoked chicken pasta, steamed calms and gorgonzola pizza, Roscher said, and it will feature new dishes inspired by his travels, such as jalapeno stuffed in shrimp wrapped in bacon, potato crusted fish and chips, and citrus herb marinated pork tenderloin.

The same quality of food will be served, he added, with a focus on making everything from scratch and using locally grown ingredients. Prices will be affordable, Roscher said, with the idea of gearing them toward locals.

“(I’m) looking forward to seeing old friends and making new friends,” he said.

Za’s will replace the recently closed North Shore Hawaiian Grill at 395 North Lake Blvd.