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veggiedoc May 16, 2013 08:39 PM

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

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  1. CarrieWas218 RE: veggiedoc May 16, 2013 09:00 PM

    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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      bbulkow RE: CarrieWas218 May 17, 2013 07:48 AM

      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

      1. re: bbulkow
        Cary RE: bbulkow May 18, 2013 01:10 PM

        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.

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          Robert Lauriston RE: Cary May 18, 2013 01:15 PM

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

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      Ridge RE: veggiedoc May 18, 2013 10:08 AM

      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.

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        hungree RE: veggiedoc May 18, 2013 10:33 AM

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

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          Ridge RE: hungree May 18, 2013 10:58 AM

          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
            Robert Lauriston RE: Ridge May 18, 2013 12:37 PM

            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.

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