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Napa’s Ninebark to Shut Down

The closure is “necessary, but temporary”

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Ninebark’s upstairs dining room
Bob McClenahan

Ninebark, the ambitious restaurant and bar that opened in downtown Napa last year, will shut its doors for an undetermined amount of time after service on Sunday, July 31.

The three-story restaurant, from hospitality group AvroKO, opened last fall with high-profile NYC chef Matthew Lightner (Atera) at the helm. The restaurant took over the building that formerly housed The Thomas, another restaurant and bar from AvroKO that shuttered and reconcepted to Ninebark in 2012. Lightner made the move to Napa specifically for the project, bringing key players with him from New York to create a menu of what he described as “really simple, but delicious food.” However, though Ninebark was well-received by critics, the menu and price point put it a bit above “neighborhood restaurant” status.

AvroKO has declined to give any more details, other than to tell us the same thing they told Inside Scoop: that the closure was “necessary, but temporary.” No intel on whether Lightner will stay on with the hospitality group, either, though the original plan was to open two or three more restaurants in the Napa region.

Stay tuned for more details on when the restaurant might reopen, and in what capacity.

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