Chef Heinonen’s culinary passion is deeply rooted in cooking with the seasons and the ever-changing menu of The Cottage will emanate this philosophy. Diners can look forward to exploring French cuisine prepared with heart and soul.
In 2017, Chef Scott Heinonen purchased the Cottage Place from the second owner Frank Branham, renaming the restaurant The Cottage. Heinonen is a graduate of the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over the past 30 years, Heinonen has cooked throughout the Southwest, Pacific Northwest, and Northern California. A highlight of this time was his stint as a private chef for Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.
Returning to Flagstaff in 2005, Heinonen was the opening chef of the popular Cuveé 928 Wine Bar & Café, where his cooking was met with rave reviews and created a culinary buzz with local gourmands. Following this time at Cuveé, Heinonen fulfilled a lifelong goal of operating his own restaurant. Tinderbox Kitchen opened in May of 2009, leading the culinary resurgence of Flagstaff and San Francisco Street’s southside neighborhood. Heinonen’s concept of “American Comfort Food Redefined” quickly made Tinderbox a regional favorite, garnering numerous accolades and creating an stellar reputation statewide.
2017 brings a new culinary chapter for Heinonen with the opening of The Cottage. During a 6 week closure, this long-time Flagstaff fine dining restaurant was transformed into a stylish farmhouse French bistro, officially opening April 23, 2017 for dinner service. The Cottage cuisine reflects the regional country dishes of France, interpreted with Heinonen’s modern sensibility, incorporating locally sourced ingredients.