If you're on your way to newly-opened , hold your horses: It's now newly-closed-but-soon-to-reopen Napa Valley Biscuits.
Overwhelmed by the demand from diners hungry for their down-home Southern comfort food, owners Curtis and Tara Lindley have shuttered their Southern-style eatery just a week after its long-anticipated opening, in order to remodel and make room for additional refrigerators, frying equipment and food storage.
"There's been a crazy demand for what we have to offer," chef Curtis Lindley said Saturday at 2:30 p.m., after the restaurant had closed for the remodeling project.
The couple's business plan had anticipated 100 customers a day, but Lindley said they were seeing twice that number at lunch alone and running out of food from their single two-door refrigerator.
"I went through five gallons of gravy today," Lindley said. "I got tired of telling people I have to close early."
Lindley said he is meeting with his architect and landlord to work out additional food storage capacity, and the couple are ordering extra equipment.
The remodeling project will include "table improvements" to provide more seating, Lindley said.
The urgent need for an immediate remodel is "scary," Lindley admitted, but the fact that it arose from overwhelming community support is encouraging.
"I didn't doubt myself, but I was a little more humble than I should have been," he said.
Watch Napa Patch for an update on the reopening of Napa Valley Biscuits, which in its first week out has won raves from locals like Rob 'DJ Rotten Robbie" Doughty, who describes the food as "exquisite."
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