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Fire destroys Napa’s iconic Restaurant at Meadowood

A number of wineries and other restaurants in Napa Valley have been threatened or damaged by wildfire in recent days.
The Restaurant at Meadowood
AP Photo/Noah Berger

The Restaurant at Meadowood, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant at a Napa Valley resort, was destroyed this week as fire tore through the area.

Some parts of the Meadowood Resort in St. Helena, Calif., remain, but the iconic restaurant, which earned three Michelin stars in 2010, was leveled by what firefighters are calling the Glass Incident Fire.  

“We are all torn apart,” Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow wrote on Instagram. “A eulogy is deserved and will be given in due time. … For now, I want to thank all of the TRAMily that have ever graced this magical space—and all of the guests over the years who have enjoyed the efforts of these multitudes. What an honor it has been.”

A number of wineries, including Chateau Boswell, Burgess Cellars, Castello di Amorosa, Tofanelli Vineyards and Fairwinds Estates Winery, suffered severe damage or total destruction in the fire, according to local reports.

The casual-dining outpost, The Grill at Meadowood, was also destroyed.

“Whatever it takes to rebuild and reopen, we’ll do,” a spokesman for Meadowood parent company Pacific Union told the East Bay Times.

Meadowood was founded in the 1960s as a club for local winemakers and opened its hotel the following decade.  

In addition to dealing with the pandemic and civil unrest in recent months, restaurant operators in Northern California have also had to contend with ongoing wildfires. Some restaurants that pivoted to outdoor dining were forced to close entirely earlier this month after their patios were beset by smoke.

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