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Culinary news from Yountville: R+D Kitchen approved, Ad Hoc to expand, O’Toole out at Bardessono

by TrevR on November 19, 2010

Wow, what a Friday in terms of culinary news from the foodie capital of the Napa Valley. The town of Yountville, which loves to promote the fact that it boasts more Michelin starts per capita than any other city (or town) in the country, continues to make changes to its dining scene.

Read on for details…

The Washington Square space previously occupied by Napa Valley Grille in Yountville may soon be home to R+D Kitchen, operated by the Hillstone Restaurant Group

Chef Sean O’Toole leaving Bardessono
According to our friends at Inside Scoop SF, Bardessono restaurant’s chef, Sean O’Toole, has put in his resignation and is headed to San Francisco. Read full details here.

Ad Hoc to add 28 additional seats
Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant got good news earlier this week when the Yountville Town Council reportedly approved a 36% capacity increase (which translates to 28 additional seats) for the casual dining establishment. Here’s an excerpt from a story in the Yountville Sun about the expansion:

To accommodate the addition the restaurant will add 125 square feet of dining space at the southwest corner of the restaurant and a 179 square foot reception area on the south side and enclose 963 square feet of fenced area currently comprising the cooler, storage and refuse areas at the rear of the building.

Hillstone Group’s R+D Kitchen plans approved for Washington Square
When Napa Valley Grille abruptly closed its Washington Square location in Yountville late last year there was much speculation about what would replace it. Then there was news that the space had been leased by the Hillstone Restaurant Group, which, among other things, runs Rutherford Grill in Rutherford.

According to the Yountville Sun, the Yountville Town Council approved Hillstone’s plans this week to open a 137 seat restaurant called R+D Kitchen at Washington Square. The restaurant will reportedly contain 6,092 square feet under roof and a 700 square foot outdoor dining area. Here’s an excerpt:

The sample menu for R+D Kitchen includes a variety of sushi rolls, sandwiches, salads, seven dinner entrees and side dishes ranging from deviled eggs and warm potato salad to tabbouleh and a fresh vegetable.

The restaurant expects to employ a total staff of 33.

The proposed hours of operation were 10am to 1am daily for lunch and dinner service.

Hillstone already operates R+D restaurants in Newport Beach, Dallas and Santa Monica.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Yountville, Bardessono, R+D Kitchen, Ad Hoc, Thomas Keller]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

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