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Protesters decry corporate party at French Laundry restaurant in Yountville

Protesters decry corporate party at French Laundry restaurant in Yountville

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About 30 people protested a corporate party Friday evening for about an hour at The French Laundry in the 6600 block of Washington Street in Yountville, authorities said Saturday.

There were no arrests, said Napa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Wilkinson. A SWAT team was called in case they were needed for crowd control, he said.

Yountville Town Manager Steve Rogers said the protesters — whom he described as mostly college students from outside the Napa area and possibly affiliated with Occupy San Francisco and Occupy Oakland — were reasonable, well-behaved and stayed on public sidewalks. It was peaceful, Rogers said. The street was blocked in anticipation of the event.

Rogers praised law enforcement’s measured response. “I’m very pleased,” he said.

Tents had been set up across the street from The French Laundry, where the famed restaurant grows its own vegetables. By 10 p.m., the corporate guests —and the protesters — were gone.

The identity of the company holding the event at The French Laundry could not be firmly established.

A representative for The French Laundry could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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