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Is Ubuntu really gone? Like forever? Any other vegetarian havens that compare in Napa?

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  1. It has been gone for some time.

    Forever. Jeremy Fox left (now in Los Angeles) and his sous, Aaron London, took over for a while. They shut down a year-and-a-half ago for "winter break" and never re-opened.

    And nothing will ever compare... <sigh>

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      A great example of why one needs to get out and try a place, because you never know what's going to happen.

      The recent sightings of Fox are in SoCal
      http://losangeles.grubstreet.com/2013...

      1. re: bbulkow

        +1.
        My vegetarian wife loved the place. It went through kitchen changes and concept tweaks. At one point there was a yoga studio incorporated in there. wth.

        1. re: Cary

          There was a yoga studio upstairs from day one. I believe it's still open.

    2. It was a great place, I'm sad it's gone. It was my impression business for them took a big hit during the recession. We went several times during that period and the restaurant was 1/3 or 1/2 full at peak times. But it seemed to me that business was bouncing back for them before they closed.

      1. This is really so sad. The best vegetarian restaurant of all time.

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        1. re: hungree

          I think they have had some influence on the Bay Area restaurant scene. I find that I will be at a nice restaurant and see something on the menu or order something and think that it reminds me of something at Ubuntu.

          1. re: Ridge

            Jeremy Fox did some original things at Ubuntu (I think the sunflower seed risotto-like dish was his invention), but the food also had a lot of influences from his years at Manresa, which in turn was heavily influenced by Alain Pasard.