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RIP Martini House

ThirstyReader Oct 5, 2010 10:31 PM

Worked there in the restaurant's Michelin-starred heyday, a few years ago. It will shutter at the end of the month.


Martini House
1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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  1. Scott M RE: ThirstyReader Oct 6, 2010 10:22 AM

    What a shame. I guess St. Helena will soon have a P.F. Chang's.

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      josephnl RE: ThirstyReader Oct 6, 2010 11:23 AM

      Definitlly a shame. We made a reservation on Open Table to dine at the Martini House next month and shortly thereafter received a call that they were closing at the end of the month. They confirmed that the restaurant had been sold, and would reopen with "a different name and concept". Just what the NV needs...a chain steakhouse or pseudo Chinese restaurant! Very sad!

      Martini House
      1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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        Dawgmommy RE: ThirstyReader Oct 6, 2010 02:47 PM

        That's too bad.... possibly another victim of the economy. The family dinners in the cellar were a good deal but I guess not enough to keep them afloat.

        So far, we've been lucky to avoid any "chain" restaurants.

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        1. re: Dawgmommy
          josephnl RE: Dawgmommy Oct 6, 2010 03:01 PM

          Perhaps Fleming's will do what the Hillstone Restaurant Group did with opening a Houston's/Bandera clone under a different name (the Rutherford Grill).

          Rutherford Grill
          1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

          Hillstone Restaurant Group
          1022 Main St, Saint Helena, CA 94574

          1. re: josephnl
            Scott M RE: josephnl Oct 6, 2010 03:03 PM

            I can see it now "Phlegming's Steak House" in St. Helena

        2. BubblyOne RE: ThirstyReader Oct 12, 2010 05:04 PM

          I'm really shocked that they couldn't make it. It was one of the highlights of my last trip to Napa.

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            Littleman RE: ThirstyReader Oct 12, 2010 07:34 PM

            I hate that. MH was our favorite restaurant last year on our visit to NV. We ate there on our anniversary. It was outstanding. We dined outdoors and I thought it was wonderful. I hope they find a new owner that will carry on the old tradition.

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            1. re: Littleman
              josephnl RE: Littleman Oct 12, 2010 08:18 PM

              Unfortunately the new owner is reputed to be Fleming's. If so, it's likely they'll open a Fleming's Steakhouse, or even worse a P.F. Chang's pseudo-Chinese Bistro. In any event, the Martini House will be a tough act to follow. It was a wonderful restaurant, that seemed to be doing ok. It was always busy when we were there. It is really sad that they are gone. It's also sad that such a beautiful building will wind up being a part of a chain. Very sad!

              Martini House
              1245 Spring St., St. Helena, CA 94574

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