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  • Writer's pictureKathy Condon

Creativity Flows at Palm Springs Copleys Restaurant

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

There is always a way. Copley’s restaurant is not taking the Covid-19 shutdown quietly and just hoping things will work out for the best.

While patrons long once again to sit on the patio and enjoy American cuisine with a twist, and superb wines, the owners are reconfiguring their restaurant’s operation. Owners, Chef Andrew Copley, Juliana Manion Copley, and Greg Butterfield team remains intact.

Chef Copley Realizes his Dream

After various stints at 5 Star restaurants in London, Australia, San Francisco, and Hawaii, Chef Copley could no longer push back his dream to have his own restaurant. He and wife Juliana Manion, a woman with an outstanding market communication experience throughout the world, found this space on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

The History of the Building

Much attention is given to the fact this restaurant was once the off-site guest house of Cary Grant, built in the 20s. At one point, it was Mary Ellen’s Playhouse, a preschool for kindergarteners. The various bungalows were the perfect spaces for classrooms. The swimming pool became a giant sandbox. Now that same sandbox is a beautiful fountain on the restaurant’s patio.

What lies ahead?

Fortunately, the extensive outdoor patio is an enormous advantage to any restaurant owner right now. They are removing tables on the patio for social distancing and removing lounge chairs around the fountain and replacing them with tables. So once the restaurants can serve customers outside, they are ready to go.

Cooking at Home with Chef Andrew Copley

During the lockdown, there was an uneasiness happening in the Copley household. Then there was an idea, “Why not do online classes on cooking from our home kitchen?”

With Juliana by his side, Chef Copley started cooking, and filming began in their home. Juliana became a great resource, for she asked the questions she was sure the viewers were wondering. Then questions started coming; I don’t know where to get an ingredient you mention, can I substitute something for it?

Once they repeatedly heard the questions about ingredients, Chef Copley had an idea. Let’s put together packages people can purchase. The package will include all the ingredients needed to make the dishes prepared during the cooking class.

Starting May 21, 2020, people can order the bag with all the ingredients needed for the online cooking classes. Then they can be picked up at Copley’s. Check their website for the details:

Curbside Pickup

If you have been craving Copley’s food before the restaurants fully opened, you can go online and order a great dinner from the published menu.

Keep the faith, Copleys will reopen once the go-ahead is given. Picture yourself outside under the star-laden sky on the patio enjoying food from one of the top-rated restaurants in Coachella Valley.

Kathy Condon is a travel writer and blogger. She is an eight-year resident of Palm Springs and the Founder of the Palm Springs Insider Guide Her book It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask: It’s All About Communication was named Best Book Finalist By USA Book News 760-902-3094

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