Napa Valley will soon be the recipient of a yakitori restaurant, with the announcement of a new restaurant collaboration from chefs Douglas Keane (Cyrus) and Sang Yoon (Father's Office in L.A.), called Two Birds One Stone.
Apparently, the two chefs became BFFs during the filming of "Top Chef Masters" a few years ago (which Keane won), a relationship now culminating in the June opening of their restaurant. It will occupy the 125-year-old historic Freemark Abbey winery in St. Helena, which just underwent an extensive renovation, serving food that Keane describes as casual and "inspired but not challenging." Details are scarce, but the menu will focus on chicken, beef and seafood cooked yakitori-style on a hardwood grill.
Master Sommelier Kevin Reilly (Cyrus, Quince) is in charge of the wine program at the restaurant, while Keane's former partner Nick Peyton (Cyrus) will take charge of front of the house. And, Tucker Taylor, culinary gardener of Kendall-Jackson, will contribute his Instagram-famous produce to the project. Keane, who was chef and co-owner of two Michelin-starred Cyrus in Healdsburg, is still planning to reopen that restaurant in Alexander Valley, despite snafus with the zoning restrictions.
Stay tuned for more intel on the food and space.