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Oct 25, 2007 07:56 PM

Napa - Venezuelan restaurant in Oxbow Public Market?

First of all, is the Oxbow Public Market open yet or does anyone know the opening date.

There was a mention of the OPM in Via Magazine so I looked at the website. There was some interesting stuff there but what really caught my attention was Pica-Pica. Supposedly they will have "Venezuelan Arepas, a corn-flour based flat roll, grilled to be crispy on the outside and filled with savory mixtures. The menu will be complemented with Tequeños, Cachapas, Empanadas, Polvorosa de Pollo, (the Venezuelan version of the chicken pot pie) and a variety of Ceviches."

Other stores in the Public Market building which will have an outdoor area on the river ...
The Fatted Calf
Oxbow Wine Merchant & Wine Bar
Folio Enoteca & Winery
The Oxbow Cheese Merchant
Five Dot Ranch (natural, holistic beef)
Roli Roti permanent location
Anette's Chocolate Factory
Three Twins Organic Ice Cream
Taylor's Automatic Refresher
Fête a party planning store
Heritage Culinary Artifacts
Kitchen Library
Tillerman Tea
The Model Bakery
Whole Spice
The Olive Press

Farmers that are so far scheduled

Bera Ranch
Products: Vintage stone fruit, citrus, vegetables and honey

Big Ranch Farms
Products: Seasonal summer vegetables, strawberries & stone fruit

Farmers Market Seafood Company
Products: Fresh local seafood, smoke roasted salmon

Full Belly Farm

Grandpa Jack's Farm
Products: Organically grown corn, melons, beans, eggs

Morningsun Herb Farm

Nana Mae's Organics
Products: Certified organic heirloom apples, fruit sauces, juices & products

Rancho Gordo
Products: Dried beans & chiles

Sun House Flowers

The Wild Pear Company
Products: Jams & jellies

Wine Forest Wild Mushrooms of Napa
Products: Wild mushrooms, truffles and truffle products and wild berries

More info on the website (link is in Place record). From the website it doesn't seem to be open, but I thought I'd ask.

Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

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  1. Some great choices it appears but the place isn't even close to opening. Not sure what they are now advertising as an opening date (was fall of '07) but it looks like Jan/Feb at the earliest.

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    1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

      I drove by this morning and a lot of progress has been made. The metal roof is complete and the exterior siding is up -- sort of a terra cotta-like tile -- giving it a yellow/orange warmth and glow. Local paper says the market will open by year end, Taylor's a bit earlier. To the untrained eye, Taylor's looks a bit further behind.

      A NorCal beef producer is now listed as a new tenant. It's "5 Dot Ranch." Anybody know about them or have an opinion on their products? I am not familiar with them.


    2. Latest update from Taylor of the Fatted Calf:

      Construction is finished. At this point, they're just waiting for PG&E to show up and turn on the power. That probably wont happen until January, or February at the latest.

      Taylor's been working on his pastrami recipe for the last few years. I can't wait to try it.

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      1. re: Morton the Mousse

        I went to the Oxbow Public Market today. It's open, but in a "rolling way." That is, the vendors will open as they will over the next 30 days or so.

        Pico Pico is not open. Annette's chocolat is open as is Tillerman Tea, Hedgerow florist, Fete, and about 5 others. Two outside vendors were selling beautiful oranges and other citrus products at the stalls (ie. small external spaces on the exterior with sinks and a rolling door to close after business) after the OPM shuts down.

        Decent crowd today after press in the Napa Register this morning. Can't wait for the full opening of Fatted Calf, Model Bakery, Taylor's Refresher, etc.

        1. re: cortez

          Stopped in today and even the places that are open aren't fully. I wouldn't recommend a special trip to anyone yet.

          1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

            No kidding. Places are starting to get there but they are still training staff and lots of it still isn't open. A few places that have opened

            Anette's Chocolate

            The Olive Press

            Tillerman Tea

            Unfortunately no outdoor vendors today. I suppose the building will look more inviting with them. With the doors rolled down the building looks stark.

            Then there is the weird thing about the building being backwards. The back of the building faces the street. The front is at the back of the lot.

            I was starting to get up in arms about handicapped access because there is a flight of stairs into the building. However once you figure out the building is in reverse all is well.

            I forgot where I read it was next door to Copia. That helped me a lot since I'm not that familiar with Napa. It was easy to follow the signs to Copia from the First Street exit on 29

      2. I've heard from my old Napa sources that most of the eateries won't be open until sometime in January.

        1. Virginie Boone's article reported that Pica Pica was slated to open last weekend,

          However, I called Mr. Sosa and he says that it will be opening January 2.

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          1. re: Melanie Wong

            I visited Oxbow on Wednesday the day after Christmas and checked out some of the stores that were open. There were only a few people strolling around in the morning. I think there's enough stores to visit and enjoy shopping, but it's true that none of the eateries are open yet, except for the ice cream spot. I really like the tea shop. It looks like other shops are progressing and should be opening up in the next month.

            One thing about visiting now is that you get to talk to the store owners face to face since they're all trying to put the best face forward in the beginning. Who knows if they'll always be at the store in the future. So this is a good time to meet the vendors.

            Here are photos of some of the places that are open:

            1. re: singleguychef

              Folio Enoteca & Winery opened today

              Other than that is is what you reported in your great photo essay on your blog singleguychef. I was surprised how small the entire building is. I think the Whole Foods in Oakland has more space than Oxbow. The stalls and restaurants are more like stalls. Then again the area for the cheese shop and wine merchant was still blocked off.

              1. re: rworange

                I think the size is just a reflection of the expected foot traffic. This is a mini Ferry Building, so I think the developers knew it wouldn't have the foot traffic of the Ferry Building so it didn't mirror the size. Still, I like the idea of the Napa-related stores and it's just another option for the non-wine visitors.

            2. Made a detour to see this place 1/9 but, alas, was underwhelmed (unlike RWO, except for the "green" service ware!)

              Arepas from a pre-made mix and kind of boring.

              Beef place's brochure a triumph of advtisingese that managed to avoid saying anything concrete (which reminds me of the floor, which, I understnad, cannot match the historic Ferry Bldg, but still ....)

              I hope it will have a great farmers' market in the adjoining, still-unfinished space to compensate for the mallish, touristy/kitchy choices in the rest of the building.

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              1. re: Fine

                From May thru Thanksgiving, the regular Napa Farmers Market will be in the lot between COPIA and Oxbow on Tuesdays and Saturdays so there will be lots of reasons to go.