Raising the Bar: Opening Night at Fagiani's in Napa (Photo Gallery)

The restaurant and bar opened for one night to give invited guests a look at the revitalized Fagiani building. Check out these views of Napa from the new rooftop saloon!

Property owner Steve Hasty was all smiles and restaurant staffers were all business at their opening-night reception atop the Fagiani building in downtown Napa Wednesday evening.

A small throng of Napa notables gathered for the Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting in front of the Main Street building that had been

Then those "on the list" climbed two flights of stairs — or took the newly-inspected elevator — to the rooftop bar, where we sipped Domaine Carneros bubbly and Moscow Mule cocktails while marveling at the renovation and sweeping views of Napa.

The new restaurant, The Thomas, and rooftop bar Fagiani's at the Thomas, weren't quite finished with the city inspection process by Wednesday night.

But officials permitted a few diners who'd made reservations to enjoy a meal, although the first-floor dining room was carefully and completely shrouded in brown paper to shield the restaurant from public eyes.

The Thomas and Fagiani's are now shooting for a Friday opening to the public. 

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Frank Davidson August 09, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Can't wait to try it!! And I think it's awesome that Mr.Hasty has kept the "Thomas", "Fagiani" names! I don't understand why some objected to this. I think it pays a great tribute to their memory. Good Luck and hope great success for you!
Matt Jackson August 09, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The rooftop is nice, but I was expecting way more modern design in the interior. Maybe the pics don't do it justice (but gosh those chairs look terribad!)
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My pics generally don't do justice to their subjects, Matt, as you will affirm if I ever get the chance to take one of you! 8-) As the saying goes, for a writer I'm not a bad photographer ...
Carlos Villatoro August 09, 2012 at 06:33 PM
It's so great seeing this place finally re-open!
Neal August 09, 2012 at 09:39 PM
What a great way to initially endear yourself to the locals and numerous future patrons: announce an opening, let your future clientele make plans to attend and then deny them admission while allowing "Napa Notables on the list" to come in for drinks and a photo shoot as a form of pouring salt in the wound for all us non-notables.  Wouldn't it be poetic justice if we non-notables stayed away in droves from the opening on Friday (allegedly) or better yet, we all made reservations but didn't show up because something better came along with our own notable friends. By the way, the brown paper shield was a charming touch as well.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 09:55 PM
To the commenter "Neal of Fortune": Hi - Thank you for your comment. Because our terms of service ask that commenters make no attempt to conceal their identities, I have withdrawn it from the site and am holding it in the moderation queue at this time. When you have updated your profile with your name, I am happy to republish your comment. You can also use Facebook to log in. Thanks and have a great day, Louisa
Cheryl Meyerdirk August 10, 2012 at 12:22 AM
We were disappointed last night as we were told last week it would be opening Wednesday. So being native Napans (2 born 1959 & 1 in 1976) we made a special trip to town (camera ready)only to find out it was only for selected few :( We all signed petition to keep tiles etc. Oh well, went to Joes for cocktails then Peking for supper so not all was lost. Friday will be spent at the fair to see Lee Brice. So best of luck to you. Just don't forget the "locals" like so many places do. We tend to spend (& send) alot of money your way. Cheryl
Richard Formo August 11, 2012 at 01:45 AM
For once,allow the "real people" in first ! The so called,notables should insist on this,if their egos weren't in the way.
Connie Ramey August 11, 2012 at 08:54 AM
Too many sour grapes~ C'mon folks~lighten up~the place is FAB!


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