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No Date Given for Reopening Rotisserie & Wine

Just weeks after failing, then acing inspections by the county health department, Tyler Florence's Napa restaurant Rotisserie & Wine quietly closed its doors for a "quick remodel."

A representative of Mill Valley-based Tyler Florence Group, owner of the recently-shuttered restaurant in the high-profile development on Main Street in Napa, said the restaurant is to be reconfigured inside and out before reopening in the spring.

"When January arrives, Rotisserie & Wine will go dark temporarily," wrote Tyler Florence spokeswoman Donna Perrault.

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. Calls to its phone number ring repeatedly before reaching a message that states the restaurant will reopen "in the spring of 2012."

According to the statement from Perrault, 

The vacation will allow for a quick remodel of the year-old space. 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.

Inside, they will install some soundproofing, and they’re reportedly looking into moving the cabinetry in favor of some booths.

There will be no changes to the food concept, and the nearby 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.”

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