Gott’s Roadside, St. Helena’s most famous burger joint, is set to reopen Saturday, March 17 after a few weeks of remodeling.
It’s the kind of remodel you’d expect at an 18-year-old restaurant, co-owner Joel Gott said on Monday, as crews laid cement outside and worked on the kitchen floor.
Crews are installing pathways to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, pouring new concrete pads where the picnic tables sit on the back lawn, repainting the tables themselves, and installing steel light posts.
The asphalt seating area in front of the building is being replaced with cement, which will be easier to clean.
The kitchen is getting an extensive makeover, with new walls, wiring, hand sinks, hot water system, and easy-to-clean rubber flooring made from recycled tires. The bathroom area in back was expanded last year.
As far as the food, customers shouldn’t expect any changes – with one exception.
“We’re adding soft serve,” Gott said. “We have organic soft serve in the other stores from Straus dairy out in Sonoma County, and we’re bringing that here.”
He and his brother Duncan Gott acquired the old Taylor’s Refresher in 1999, which was the last time it underwent a major remodel. They changed the name to Gott’s Roadside in 2010 after a legal dispute, but the old Taylor’s sign isn’t going anywhere, according to Joel Gott.
The Gott’s franchise has since expanded to San Francisco, Napa, Palo Alto, Walnut Creek, and most recently Greenbrae in Marin County, where a Gott’s opened last week in the Bon Air Center.