Downtown Napa’s latest restaurant, Norman Rose Tavern, opened on Monday. Instead of being a dark and stuffy English pub, its modern space filled with touches of stainless steel, a warmth of recycled sun-washed wooden beams and doors, and feathery leather banquettes suggests anything but. Located in the new Napa Square at First Street and Franklin, the eco-friendly spot features dramatic windows and corner patio that hypnotizes all passersby to take a look inside. The tavern can accomodate about 100 guests, including 18 seats on the patio, and another 18 in the private dining room. Its dining bar and long, sleek traditional bar, is a great hangout spot.
Although the use of the word “tavern” usually suggests a pub, Chef Reed Herrick assures us that it will be all about the food. The menu will consist of American classics such as hamburgers, meatloaf, waldorf salad, and chicken and dumplings. The menu intends to also change seasonally. Owners Michael and Christina Gyetvan and Chef Herrick have stayed true to comfort food, having operated the prosperous Pizza Azzuro restaurant in downtown since 2001.
The Norman Rose Tavern is located at 1401 1st Street in Napa, CA. For reservations, call (707) 258-1516.