More big news today around the continued re-birth (or should that be birth?) of downtown Napa. Famed chef Ken Frank has announced he will move his critically acclaimed La Toque restaurant from the small town of Rutherford to the soon-to-be completed Westin Verasa in ever-expanding downtown Napa later this year.
When the new La Toque location opens, Chef FrankÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s culinary creations will be served in a warm, luxurious atmosphere created by one of the most noted restaurant design firms in the country, CCS Architecture. Understated and classically luxurious, La Toque will provide plenty of opportunity for diners to observe the hustle and bustle of the kitchen beyond, with and abundance of glass panes and a glass-backed liquor cabinet in the bar through which guests will view the kitchen activity. The back-to-back fireplace, constructed of stone on the interior and Cor-Ten steel on the exterior patio dining area, will serve as another focal point in the restaurant. Ebonized oak floating booths that sit away from the walls, and light fixtures made from textured art glass, will add to the ambiance.
Sounds quite impressive–you can count us as planning to pay the new restaurant a visit this Fall. With Oxbow Public Market, COPIA and all the riverfront construction, it’s no wonder Frank said “…Downtown Napa is going to become the destination in Napa Valley in the next 10 years and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be right at the heart of it.”