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Charlie Palmer Checks Out of Napa Hotel Partnership

The celebrity chef has sold his interest in Harvest Inn

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Charlie Palmer has parted ways with St. Helena’s Harvest Inn, which he bought with partners in 2014 and where he opened the restaurant Harvest Table in 2015. It’s the second Bay Area hotel from which the well-known chef has taken his leave this year: In January, he and partners City-Core Hospitality sold their Union Square hotel and restaurant, Mystic Hotel and Burritt Room + Tavern, to new owners.

As a Palmer representative explains to Eater SF, the sales of the Mystic Hotel and Palmer’s exit from the Harvest Inn were related. After Palmer City-Core Hotels, their joint LLC, sold the Mystic Hotel entirely, they still had a joint asset in Harvest Inn and Harvest Table. On February 26, Palmer sold his stake to his other LLC partners, City-Core’s Rick Kaufman and Andrew Garay.

Kaufman and Garay will retain ownership of Harvest Inn and its restaurant, whose employees and executive chef, Spencer Wolff, will all remain. Kaufman tells Eater that he plans to partner with the Woodside Hotel Group going forward, who “align more with our view” on hospitality.

Palmer, meanwhile, tells the Chronicle that disagreements with his partners over the Harvest Table restaurant led him to sell his interest and move on. To be specific, those differences of opinion had to do with chairs: In an example that might stand for others, Palmer told the paper he wanted to spend $450 per chair for the perfect dining room, but that his partners didn’t see the point. A similar rift, he seems to hint, occurred at Burritt Room + Tavern.

“Charlie’s a great chef, but when it came to hotel operations, we needed someone who could deliver on luxury,” Kaufman tells Eater, questioning the overall relevance of more expensive dining room furniture. “We’re really excited about Woodside,” he adds.

Even without two of his restaurants, Palmer maintains a presence in the Bay Area hotel restaurant game. He’s still got Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg and Charlie Palmer Steak in Napa, which opened in the Archer Hotel in November. That’s his fifth such eponymous restaurant.

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