Zagat Cites Patch in Fagiani Restaurant Update

A new Zagat blog post on the upcoming restaurant in Steve Hasty's Fagiani building links back to one of the first articles Napa Patch ever published, a two-part history of the Main Street landmark made notorious by a 1974 murder.


Where does Zagat blogger James Mulcahy go to find out more about Napa?

Napa Patch, of course. The Napa Patch archives.

Mulcahy's new post, "AvroKo and Brad Farmerie Headed to Napa for New Project," doesn't reveal anything we hadn't already reported in our article "," back in March.

But when referring to the building's "storied past," blogger Mulcahy delves even further into our reporting, linking the phrase "the 1974 murder of Anita Andrews" to the first installment in our series on the history of the Main Street landmark, "," published when Napa Patch first launched in November, 2010.

The Zagat post does have one thing we don't: a cool old photograph.

But we've looked into the past enough for now. What do you envision for the building's future?

There's still no clue on what type of fare chef Farmerie will be serving, and it's probably not too late to let him know what we locals would like to see, so feel free to weigh in with your thoughts in our comments section.

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Louisa Hufstader May 12, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I'm not necessarily taking their word for it that it's the same building, Tom. The blog post is generally light on attribution.
Matt Jackson May 13, 2012 at 06:37 AM
I hope he sends you a free meal coupon, y'know for doing his work. Also-that name is dare I say: DUMB DUMB DUMB DUMB..dumbdumb? Avonco? Avronko? Seriously...that was thought up after a magnum of spoiled wine. There is no other explanation.
tom merle May 13, 2012 at 07:15 AM
No question it's the same building, Louisa. The stone work where the restaurant sign was placed and the side pilasters, plus the horizontal ledges are exactly the same in the Thomas Restaurant picture and the Fagiani building (no wonder Hasty wanted Thomas Keller as his restaurateur).
Louisa Hufstader May 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Matt, I don't think we will be looking at a place called AvroKo! That is just the name of the New York restaurant group that's developing the Napa eatery, which I believe Steve Hasty wanted to call Above the Bar. I saw the "Above" part yesterday and also snapped some photos which I'll post here shortly. I don't think the Zagat blogger has free meals to give away but I hope I will be invited to a pre-opening "training meal," although Patch usually gets left off those lists (thank you Kitchen Door for inviting us to yours last year!).
Louisa Hufstader May 13, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Now, YOUR word on it I will take, Tom. Thanks!


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