Chef Rodney Worth and his wife Natalie will turn the former Tyler Florence Rotisserie & Wine space at the Napa Riverfront into “The Pear — A Southern Bistro,” a Southern/Americana restaurant serving Southern comfort cuisine, according to a news release.
The menu, available seven days a week for lunch and dinner, will feature a variety of classic Southern dishes including gumbo, chicken and dumplings, and pork loin with sweet potato–pear mashers.
Worth will also integrate sandwiches, like his pulled pork with red wine barbecue sauce, and salads in the menu.
“It’ll still be fine dining, but accessible — it’s good ol’ country food with some refinement,” Worth said.
He also plans Fat Tuesday specials, regular live music and a New Orleans–style “Sunday Jazz Brunch.”
Worth is based in Danville, where he has five restaurants, including the Peasant & the Pear, which originated in San Ramon in 2004 and moved to its Danville location in 2006.
Worth was recently voted East Bay’s Best Chef by the readers of Diablo Magazine and has been honored with the title three times.
“This is one of my dreams,” Worth said. “I’ve always wanted to go to Napa. I really love it up there. All my favorite restaurants are up there, the chefs that I look up to are up there — I just want to be part of the community.”
The restaurant, located at 720 Main St., is expected to open by the end of the year.