Who’s that new chef at Louisa’s? Someone familiar …

Alcena Plum, owner of Louisa’s Cafe Bakery, made it official with an e-mail today: She’s taking over as executive chef of her Eastlake restaurant. She says in her e-mail:

“I am so ecstatic to be back in the kitchen doing what I love, COOKING!”

Plum was already in the kitchen in her white chef’s jacket last week when the Eastlake Merchants Association had their after-work meet-up there.


She says in her e-mail that she’ll be experimenting this summer, focusing on classic comfort foods and fresh, local meat and produce. She’ll also be featuring a $20 prix fixe menu every night during July.

Louisa’s now serves dinner every night of the week except Sunday.

And more news from Louisa’s: They got their liquor license. You’ll now be able to enjoy a Bloody Mary at brunch, Alcena says, or a martini at dinner. She notes that they won’t be turning in to an over-21 lounge.