Call it the economy or call it whatever you like, but there have been so many recent changes in the Napa Valley wine/restaurant scene that it’s hard to keep track. New venues opening. Older venues closing.
We’ve compiled a quick rundown on some of the changes–by no means is this meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather just a few things we’ve taken note of over the past several weeks.
- Ma(i)sonry Napa Valley is one of the newer additions to the scene in Yountville. Officially described as a “living gallery”, Maisonry is a “…contemporary showroom where wine and art seamlessly intertwine, enhancing the sensory appeal of both.” We popped in to have a look this past weekend and there’s certainly a cozy, interesting look and feel to the place. Add in the fact that you can taste wine from Blackbird Vineyards, Brown Estate, Joel Gott Wines, Lail Vineyards, Pedras Wine Company, and Renteria Wines (they rotate wine producers) and you’ve got a winner in our book.
- Hog Island Oyster Company, which has long had a spot inside San Francisco’s gorgeous Ferry Building, opened for business in downtown Napa at the Oxbow Public Market on November 15th.
- The Olabisi Trahan tasting, as we previously noted, is also now open for business over on Franklin Street in downtown Napa.
- a|k|a Bistro is now serving somewhat up-scale bistro fare to patrons in downtown St. Helena as we also recently told you.
- Cafe Cicero, which served breakfast, lunch and dinner with American, Italian and Mexican influences has shut down leaving yet another vacancy along First Street in downtown Napa.
- Word on the street is that Sushi Mambo, essentially the only true sushi restaurant in the City of Napa is closing its doors. Having been to the restaurant countless times, we can say without hesitation that it lacked quite a bit when it comes to the service and the food was spotty at best. Guess we’ll be frequenting Go Fish up in St. Helena to get our sushi fix from here on out.
- Diagonally across First Street from Sushi Mambo, Stave Wine Lounge also recently closed its doors for the final time as well.
These recent departures from downtown Napa, along with the pending close of nearby Mervyn’s leaves several sizable openings in the downtown retail/restaurant landscape. It’ll be interesting to see what (if anything) winds up filling in the gaps.
So there you have it…never a dull moment around here!