I can sit here and count the number of undeveloped commercial properties in Yountville quickly. Let’s see, that’s 1, 2…..3. Yes there are only 3 and now one has just sold and will most likely be built on in the next year or two.
The 25,265 SF commercial property at 6725 Washington Street has been sold to Restoration Hardware, a high-end interior decoration company, for an undisclosed amount. This location was the site of many notable Yountville restaurants starting with Moma Nina’s; then Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too; and followed by Philippe Jeanty’s two failed ventures, Pere Jeanty and PJ Steak.
The current owner, Rh Yountville Inc., is a San Francisco based investment who wanted to turn the site into an icon for excellent food. They thought they had done so when then leased the property to Laura Cunningham of French Laundry, Thomas Keller fame who now runs his New York foodies mecca, Per Se.
Laura filed plans to open Vita’s, a southern Italy restaurant serving dishes from the Sicilian region of inspired by Laura’s grandmother, Vita Morrell. Then quietly, it just faded away and Laura and her group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2011. From more on this here are links to my past posts about Vita:
The most interesting part of this new development is the association to this purchase is Michael Polenske, owner of Ma(i)sonry, the wine wine tasting room to the south. He was quoted in the Yountville Sun “Details to come in Q4, but essentially it will be an extension/expansion of Ma(I)sonry Napa Valley.” What the connection between him and Restoration Hardware is unknown but as soon as I understand it, tune back in.
Also, look for an upcoming post about the price of commercial property here in Yountville. Compared to Paris, Tokyo or New York. it may be reasonable. But compared to almost everywhere else, it ain’t cheap.
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