A couple interesting developments to pass along for a Sunday morning in mid-January.
First off, we had the pleasure of dining at Ubuntu in downtown Napa last night. That’s where the good news ends. If you were looking forward to enjoying the local grits smoked with hickory, which we love, it looks like you’ll have to wait.
While at the restaurant, we learned last night was the final night Ubuntu would be open….at least for a while. We were told Ubuntu will be closed starting today (1/18) through February 4th for renovations. We were also told part of the reason for the closure was that things had been slow in terms of business. Not a good sign. Nor do things look good for neighboring Annalien, which was pitch dark and closed during prime dining hours on a Saturday night.
Update (1/19): We’ve just heard from Ubuntu’s PR team, who clarified the timing of the closure–the restaurant will apparently re-open on February 2nd, not February 4th as we were told the other night. In addition, we were told “…the restaurant is closed for the last two weeks of January for Winter Break, which is standard in the Napa Valley, so that all of their employees (and chefs!) can enjoy some much needed time off.”
Meanwhile, out near the Napa Airport the new SpringHill Suites Marriott is finally open. After several months of construction the new hotel featuring in-room kitchenettes, 37″ flat panel televisions, recessed lighting above each bed, ipod docking stations in each radio, an outdoor heated pool and hot tub and more is open for business.