Richmond, VA – Local restauranteur Dennis Barbaro will be introducing his newest concept to join the Westchester Commons retail portfolio with a West Coast-style inspired concept, NAPA Kitchen and Wine. Barbaro is the Founder and CEO of local grown favorite Sedona Taphouse.
“NAPA Kitchen and Wine will be a place to celebrate great wines and food in a rustic yet sophisticated environment with a laid-back Cali vibe,” said Barbaro. “The menu will encompass all the fresh flavors found on the West Coast including, fresh seafood, hand-cut steaks, farm-fresh produce, and daily chef specials. We will also offer Prohibition-era cocktails and martinis,” according to Barbaro.
The 6700 square foot restaurant will feature natural woods and stone, a self-serve wine lounge, an exhibition kitchen, and an outdoor bar with a wood-burning fireplace.
“Our award-winning Executive Chef Todd Johnson is the former owner of Mezzanine,” said Barbaro. “He is creating a menu that is contemporary yet accessible with bold, innovative, and exciting flavor profiles.” Chef Todd Johnson’s affection for West Coast cuisine was cemented during his two years as Sous Chef to Wolfgang Puck in the famed Spago Restaurant.
In addition, Chef Todd brings his experiences and skills that he has honed working in kitchens in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India.
The relationships he has built with local farmers and suppliers over the years will be brought to NAPA Kitchen and Wine so that he can remain true to what all his mentors taught him about good, fresh local ingredients. As Chef Johnson says, “Great food begins with great ingredients.”
Joining Executive Chef Todd Johnson is Virginia-born and raised Sous Chef Greg Smiley. Having previously been at Italian restaurant Al Dente and favored seafood restaurant Pescados, Chef Smiley is an award-winning chef bringing 25 years of culinary creativity and passion. Chef Smiley remarked, “I am excited to be a part of NAPA’s culinary team using local, fresh ingredients and creating contemporary dishes with a West Coast polish.”
The carefully curated wine list will have a strong focus on California producers. Guests can become members of NAPA’s Wine Club for access to exclusive tastings and wines of the month. The restaurant’s large wine tasting bar and display area will feature an elevated wine-by-the-glass program with extensive selections.
“We’re excited to bring this exceptional dining concept to Westchester Commons,” said Barbaro. “Our scratch menu items will be made with locally sourced, fresh, and natural ingredients. NAPA’s emphasis will be on fresh seafood, steaks, salads, sushi, bowls, and guests can choose from a variety of shared plates while enjoying a unique, hand-crafted cocktail.” NAPA Kitchen and Wine is slated to open in the late fall of 2021.