Back to the future: downtown Napa’s The Border changes back to Tuscany

by TrevR on February 21, 2010

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As we took a stroll downtown this weekend we noticed the space on First Street that was once occupied by Tuscany restaurant and had since been changed over to The Border had undergone yet another change.

Back to the Future: The downtown Napa restaurant that went from Tuscany to The Border last Summer is now back to being Tuscany

Turns out, Tuscany is back.

At some point this past Friday crews came in and removed The Border signage and replaced it with the familiar Tuscany signage according to reports from neighboring businesses.

By Saturday night, the restaurant was open for dinner as Tuscany and we witnessed several patrons walking up confused by the sudden change as they apparently were expecting to enjoy some of Pablo and Erasto Jacinto’s Mexican cuisine.

When it opened last Summer, The Border received quite a bit of hype but didn’t live up to it according to reports. We dropped in for dinner in late June and here was the conclusion to our review following our visit:

Overall, our dining experience at The Border was little more than average. The food was not awful, nor did we walk away feeling like we experienced something unique–and between the restauranteurs’ pedigree and the prices this wasn’t a good thing. Our combined rating for The Border stands at 2.5 corks out of 5.

No word yet on why the restaurant made the sudden move back to the future. We did, however, recently report that C Casa, Catherine Bergen’s new Taqueria soon to open in Oxbow Public Market, has already signed on the Jacinto brothers to “run the kitchen”.

If you’ve got the dish on how and why Tuscany is back in business in downtown Napa, let us know in the comments.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, downtown napa, The Border, Tuscany, Jacinto Brothers, C Casa, Tuscany Napa]

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