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UPDATE: Sample Menu Posted at New Napkins Bar & Grill

New downtown Napa eatery could open by mid-November.

The planned "waterfall bar" at the new Napkins Bar & Grill. courtesy photo
The planned "waterfall bar" at the new Napkins Bar & Grill. courtesy photo
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
A sample menu for the new Napkins restaurant has been posted with the photos above. The sample menu, which is subject to change, does not include pricing. The new owners will unveil more details as the opening gets closer.

PREVIOUSLY: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
A bar with a waterfall, a montage of Napa history photos and a "fancy" private dining room for 50 are only a few of the special touches planned for the new Napkins Bar & Grill.

The eatery, under construction at 1001 Second St. in Napa, could open by mid-November, said co-owner Ali Yildirim, also a co-owner at Tarla Mediterranean Grill, 1480 First St., Napa.

The Napkins site was formerly occupied by Peking Palace restaurant, but is being completely remodeled, he said.

"We will have American cuisine with a global influence," Yildirim said. "There will be seasonal farm fresh dishes" prepared by chef Michael B. Powell.

Yildirum said he expects the new eatery to seat about 150, including at least 40 outside on the patio and 20 seats at the bar. A special private dining room seating about 50 will be the "fanciest private dining room in Napa," Yildirum said.

At least 24 local wines will be offered, including a custom wine blended for Tarla, the popular 2-year-old Meditteranean eatery diagonally opposite Napa City Hall.

An active waterfall will operate at the Napkins bar. A  montage of photos from Napa's history will be posted along the wall atop the bar.

"We will be looking to attract locals and tourists with exquisite cocktails, happy hours and late night menu," Yildirim added. "All corkage fees are donated to local charities and only collected on Friday and Saturday."

The name "Napkins" came after a public outreach, according to Yildirim.
 
"The public was asked for their input and the resounding request was 'Napkins,'” he said. "This name has a special meaning for the residents of Napa.

"It refers to people who live and breathe the Napa life everyday," he said.  "It expresses the love and appreciation for the beautiful Valley that surrounds us and the pride of being able to share this place with all the travelers who happen upon it."

Tarla co-owner Yusuf Topal is also a partner in Napkins. In addition, there is a third Napkins partner, Yildirim's brother, Yildririm said.

Elaine September 21, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I moved to Napa in 2003 and am very very relieved to see the downtown becoming a place where anyone can go, locals or tourists. We have a long way to go with many empty store fronts on 1st Street. Peking Palace was not offering the dining experience the younger local or tourist is looking for. Yes, there is nothing like the Cheers type bar where you can lift a cold one with familiar friends and meet new people easily. Napa does need the more pocket book friendly restaurants for locals and tourists to frequent. That is about friendly leases for establishments whose menu does not have to be posted to discover if we will visit one time or make it a fav for that evening when we just do not want to cook all our wonderful local food!! I love Small World, Las Palmas, and when I am ready to spend some bucks, Graces Table.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau September 21, 2013 at 06:06 PM
That block of Main St. will be so competitive for food dollars soon. From Third St. it will be a pizza bakery, Fagiani's/The Thomas, Molinari Cafe, Asia Cafe, ZuZu, Napkins, and Carpe Diem. It will be interesting to see who folds first if things get tight.
Tom Davidson September 22, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Yeah, I know. If I didn't like how Napa is turning out, I should have just bought the City Council myself, right ?
sandi September 23, 2013 at 09:37 AM
Well, someone bought them...might as well be you. .
Kenny Schwing October 08, 2013 at 02:10 PM
crb posted that he/she wanted more restaurants for kids. My wife and I just went to Bene Gusto for the second time. The food is very good, the service is excellent, the prices are reasonable and kids were there eating the food. They also have a nice patio and bar. It is next to the Brown's Valley Market. It's for locals and worth a try.

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