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Ubuntu Napa Listed for Sale

Briefly one of the hottest spots in Napa, named among the nation's top 10 new restaurants by the New York Times, Michelin-starred Ubuntu has been closed to diners since last fall and is operating only as a yoga studio. Now comes a for-sale ad.

What's next for ?

Napa's first and only vegetarian restaurant had an enviable debut and an unexpected eclipse, making the New York Times list of America's top 10 new restaurants in 2008 and attaining Michelin-starred status before last fall.

"Ubuntu is where virtue meets naughty sensuality," the Times' Frank Bruni wrote in early 2008; and vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike flocked to the Main Street eatery located, almost teasingly, hard by the meat-eaters' paradise that is .

But in October of 2011, the restaurant announced a "sabbatical" it indicated would end this spring.

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The place didn't go entirely dark: Founded by Sandy Lawrence in 2007 as a combination vegetarian eatery and yoga studio, Ubuntu has continued to host yoga classes above the kitchen and dining room.

(You can read an interview with Lawrence in my May, 2008 "Napa Insider" column for NorthBay biz magazine, The New Napa: Bring Your Appetite.)

As reported by EaterSF, Upvalley restaurateurs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Terra in St. Helena were pursuing a lease on the restaurant, but could not agree with Lawrence on the terms of a deal.

Now the foodie website has alerted us to a Craigslist ad for a "World Class Napa Restaurant Space For Sale - Turnkey & Fully Equipped." 

Among the selling points in the ad:

  • Space: 4,200 SF (3,200 SF Main Floor + 1,000 SF Mezzanine)
  • Seats: 111 Seats (76 Dining Room; 22 Patio; 13 Bar) + 1,000 SF Private Dining Room on Mezzanine
  • Liquor License: Type 41 -- Beer and Wine
  • Lease: New Lease Available Direct from Landlord at Market Rates
  • Parking: Convenient Public Parking 
  • Attractive stone walls with 30 foot ceiling
  • Abundant natural light
  • Award winning restaurant with acclaimed design using sustainable materials
  • Excellent Fung Shui 
  • Seller spent over $4.0 million on this space. You will never find another opportunity like this in Napa or anywhere else.

The ad refers inquiries to Bruce Breitman, DRE# 00658377, of BBG, Ltd., DRE# 01290704: Phone 415-435-4506.

Bridget August 13, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I don't miss Ubuntu. Take me to Cole's! ;D
Art Morris August 14, 2012 at 08:05 AM
Ubuntu probably could have survived, but they made a terrible BLT. A Chick-Fil-A would be great. Best chicken sandwiches and only place I know where we can get awesome waffle fries. Need more restaurants for the blue collar people and not for the uber rich residents and tourists.
Paul Woodward, MD August 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Yes Chick Fil A apparently makes great food according to "side comments' during the recent controversy.
tom October 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM
you would not find like this in napa valley or anywhere else that's funny .why are not clear on rent

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