It’s understandably all about local wines in downtown Napa, but an upcoming addition to the dining scene is about to change that. The Corner is moving into The Riverfront building, bringing some Old World with it. Billed as a part gastropub and part wine shop, The Corner will fill 3,000 square feet, in which it will fit a restaurant, lounge, bar and retail wine shop with 5,000 bottles focused mainly on France and Italy.
Co-owners Trevor and Stephanie Sheehan are tapping into their vintage wine collection to fill the shop, and they've brought on Dustin Falcon (Morimoto, Ad Hoc, The French Laundry) as executive chef. Falcon has developed some dishes for the opening menu, including red chili braised pork, pastrami short ribs, strip loin with cheddar grits and pan-roasted snapper with lobster ravioli. It’s a menu meant for sharing, and a perk of that is that guests will be able to bring wine purchased from the shop to the restaurant side do drink with The Corner’s American-style small plate menu. To round out the team, Zion Curiel, formerly of The French Laundry, Coi and Per Se will be heading the front of the house as general manager. The Corner will only serve dinner to start for its January opening, with lunch in the works after that.