Because the restaurant scene to the north does indeed go beyond one Thomas Keller (sometimes), we're going to check in up there every once in a while to bring the latest happenings in the ever-evolving Wine Country. Your sightings from both San Francisco and Napa are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Michael Chiarello era has officially begun in Yountville, with work underway at his pair of projects in the V Marketplace: Chiarello's "signature" restaurant and the fifth and flagship location of his NapaStyle chain of stores. The NapaStyle store, going into the old V Wine Cellar space, is slated to open sometime during the summer, but the restaurant (above, left) remains unnamed and won't arrive until the fall. And call us crazy, but we're getting the feeling that when it opens, Chiarello's joint might be better received than fellow Food Network personality/newly-minted restaurateur, Tyler Florence's. Anyone want to start the speculation?
· BREAKING: Michael Chiarello Opening Yountville Resto [~ESF~]
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