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Tyler Florence's Napa Restaurant Closes for Remodel

Just weeks after his Hawk's Tavern opens on Miller Ave., Mill Valley mogul's Rotisserie & Wine in Napa quietly closed its doors for a "quick remodel." No specific reopening date given.

While Tyler Florence's officially turned on the lights earlier this month, one of his other Bay Area restaurants has shut down temporarily for a remodel, according to the Tyler Florence Group.

Florence's  restaurant in the high-profile Riverfront development on Main Street in Napa is to be reconfigured inside and out before reopening in the spring, Florence spokeswoman Donna Perrault said in a statement

"When January arrives, Rotisserie & Wine will go dark temporarily," Perrault said in a statement.

The actual closing came Dec. 26, a day before all restaurant employees were scheduled to take a food handler class scheduled in the wake of a failing grade during a routine inspection by the Napa County Department of Environmental Management in November, according to a report in the .

The restaurant subsequently passed a follow-up health inspection with an "A" grade, according to the newspaper report and a letter to the editor from executive chef Ben Pote.

"It is a great source of pride for me to know that the management team and staff of Rotisserie and Wine came together to focus on turning a story of failure into a story of redemption," Pote wrote in his letter published Dec. 12.

But the day after Christmas, Rotisserie & Wine quietly went dark. 

"The vacation will allow for a quick remodel of the year-old space," Perrault said. "The back bar area will be reconfigured to allow for an expanded dining room, and the patio will get a new look, too — most notably, to include fire pits."

The revamp is also set to include soundproofing and possibly the additions of booths. There will be no changes to the food concept, and the nearby Tyler Florence retail shop will remain open per normal.

There is no definite date for the spring reopening, Perrault said, "since timing will be contingent on how long construction takes.”

Simon December 30, 2011 at 06:10 AM
What I don't understand is how someone who moved to Mill Valley five years ago, bought a bunch of property, and started to exploit the town in every way possible could ever call Mill Valley his "adopted hometown". Everyone I know who actually can call Mill Valley their hometown thinks he is a menace and a fraud. Besides, in every photo his face is permanently fixed in that smug, "I-can-pee-in-your-soup-and-get-away-with-it" smirk. Is he using botox?
aglea December 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Wow, that's a lot of mean-spirited accusations there! Sounds like someone didn't get what they wanted from Santa this year?
Jim Welte December 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Simon - while your thoughts on Mr. Florence's impact on Mill Valley are relevant, your comments about his face are not. At all. Please dial it back. Thanks.
Simon December 31, 2011 at 02:41 AM
And, Mr. Welte, while your articles containing pertinent news and interesting information or insight are relevant, your Tyler Florence advertisements thinly veiled as "News" are not. At all. Please be professional.

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