RHINEBECK, NY – Zen Dog Café, the Hudson Valley’s hippest new destination for jazz, fine wine, beer and sake cocktails plus an outrageously popular international menu, re-opens after a makeover of the lounge and kitchen this Friday, April 22.   Doors for drinks and dinner open at 4pm, and live music resumes at 8pm with the Rebecca Coupe Franks Quartet.   There is no cover charge for the music but reservations are strongly suggested for good seating by advance-calling (845) 516-4501.
Zen Dog Café is located at 6367 Mill Street (Route 9) in Rhinbeck.
Rebecca Coupe Franks is a talented trumpet player and composer originally from Northern California.   After receiving her BFA in Jazz Studies at the New School in New York CIty, she pursued her graduate  work in Composition at NYU. Coupe continued to live in New York City playing jazz festivals, while recording and touring with different acts worldwide, including Bill Cosby, Herb Ellis,Joe Henderson, Lou Donaldson,and Kenny Barron.  Her new album Check The Box (RCF Music, 2010) features Rebecca Coupe Franks (trumpet, flugelhorn , trombone and vocals), Luis Perdomo (piano, B3 and Rhodes) , Mary Ann McSweeney (bass) , Richie Morales (drums) and Summer Corrie (vocals).
Zen Dog Café is the product of hard work and vision of owner D.J. Kadagian, a former investment banker who found a second career as a documentary film-maker and arts impressario.  Kadagian spent 2-plus years renovating a former office suite building in Rhinebeck into a feast for eyes, ears and palate;  with custom sculpture in the front and rear gardens, two art galleries, jazz music both live and recorded, and an upscale bar area featuring fine beer, wine and sake cocktails.   The new menu specializes in eclectic and delicious items with a middle-eastern flair, and a Zen Dog Café gift shop offers books and other items for good living.
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