There are more changes afoot in the downtown Napa dining scene.
First, there has been much talk about the closing of Tuscany, which was located at the corner of First and Main in downtown Napa. The space has now been taken over by a new Mexican restaurant, The Border, which is run by brothers Pablo and Erasto Jacinto. According to a report in the Napa Valley Register, the Jacinto brothers “…learned the restaurant trade as they worked with the likes of Michael Chiarello, Cindy Pawlcyn and Donna Scala.” Not bad company, for sure. We will, of course, publish our review of The Border after we make it over for a meal–if you’ve already dined at the restaurant, leave us a comment and tell us what you thought.
Meanwhile, over at the Oxbow Public Market, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen has announced plans to expand this summer. The Venezuelan restaurant plans to begin construction next month to build a Latin-style beverage bar (see rendering at the top of this post) that will feature fruit shakers (blended fruit drinks) along with beer, sangria and other wine cocktails and ceviche will be its signature bar food. The Pica Pica Bar will be located opposite the restaurant and will offer “…a sleek, café-style open seating area, decorated with Latin American accents.” The restaurant hopes to open the bar at some point in August.