Two downtown Napa restaurants, Ninebark and Atlas Social, are closing.
Ninebark, which opened in October 2015, announced on Friday that its last service would be July 31, after which it will "be doing a temporary but necessary closing."
Ninebark, owned by New York-based AvroKo Hospitality Group, opened in October 2015 in the space formerly occupied by Fagiani's Bar, scene of an infamous murder in 1974.
That space closed after the murder of Anita Andrews, and remained closed until 2012 when AvroKo opened The Thomas restaurant after extensive renovations. When the owners rechristened the restaurant Ninebark, they brought on chef Matt Lightner, whose New York restaurant, Altera, had garnered two Michelin stars.
Last fall, he said he planned on serving “fun, casual, seasonal food” in a Main Street landmark he and his partners had rebranded Ninebark.
No further information was available about why Ninebark is closing, when it might reopen or whether Lightner will be staying on as chef.
Atlas Social on First Street closed permanently last week. It was launched in January 2015 by Michael Gyetvan, whose two other Napa restaurants are Norman Rose and Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca. Gyetvan said perhaps "it had been premature" to open Atlas Social, which offered an international menu of small plates. The Atlas Social space is up for lease.