Social Scene: Swiss Lakewood Restaurant upholds golden reputation |

Social Scene: Swiss Lakewood Restaurant upholds golden reputation

From left: Betty Brown, MaryAnn Haines, Connie Peel, Fred Haines, Steve Hanst, Betty's daughter Jennifer McCarthy, Kieth Fields, and Stan Brown wined and dined in the private wine cellar room which features an old hand carved wooden wine cask on the wall from 1901.

Down on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore, word travels faster than a wildfire. This is a tight-knit community made up of generational homeowners who have their self-proclaimed and#8220;Snoop Patroland#8221; that meets every summer morning at Obexer’s Market for coffee and then walks up and down the West Shore exchanging local news tidbits with one another.

When the and#8220;West Shore is the Best Shoreand#8221; denizens heard Rick and Betty Brown were taking over one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants, Swiss Lakewood, and noticed all the prep work going on, they all knew instantaneously when the restaurant opened its doors for business on the Sunday before the Big Fourth. No advertising, just open the doors, and presto and#8212; without missing a beat and#8212; the people showed up at the charming longtime West Shore haunt.

Rick Brown’s family connection to Homewood goes way back: His grandparents Bernice and Don Huff, Sr. bought Homewood Resort back in 1938 from the Jost family. Growing up Rick spent his summers living on the third floor of the resort. Swiss Lakewood Restaurant also has a long Homewood history and#8212; one of more than 55 years and#8212; even before owners Helga and Albert Marty bought it back in 1973, and even before Peewee and Milos Smika bought what was called Cunningham’s in 1962 and consequently fashioned it after a Swiss chalet. So now with Betty and Rick Brown at the helm of the restaurant, it’s just like family that’s back at the and#8220;Swiss.and#8221;

And speaking of family, many familiar faces have returned to work in the fine dining establishment, like Swiss Lakewood waitresses Doris Rinderknecht, Marlis Boehm and Elisa Tauber. Betuel Carrero has returned as the pantry chef who was mentored under Chef Albert Marty for 14 years and brings many of Marty’s proprietary recipes including his renowned, delicious Grand Marnier souffle and the original Trader Vic’s house salad dressing Marty concocted back in the day when he worked there. Not to mention familiar Swiss menu items such as the Weinerschnitzel, Veal Emincee, Pepper Steak, and of course the Coupe Swiss Chocolate Mousse.

The Browns have brought in talented culinary star Sharyl Seim, formerly of Mustard’s and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in Napa, Kuleto’s of San Francisco and Buckeye Roadhouse in Mill Valley, to oversee the kitchen staff and ensure an outstanding menu.

Welcome back, Swiss Lakewood! The restaurant is now open at 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Some of those returning to their familiar roost on opening night recently were Martha and Tom Hughes, Murielle and Hugh Harris, Roy Dreyer, Ed, Tom and Renee Grebitus, Marie and Jim Lawson, Nancy Williamson and Rich Niello, Brenda and Bryte Johnson, Jeanne and Gordon McCauley, Sarah (Obexer) and Keith Fields, Jenny McCarthy and Steve Hanst, Tom Ballou, Julie Landis, Anne and Bric Haley, Russ Hanson, Sterling and Walt Frese, Missy and Sandy Sandeman and Peter Bosco.

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