Toby and Lisa DeVore want their new business at 1351 Main St. to become “St. Helena’s wine bar.”
The Saint, tentatively set to open on Saturday, July 1 in the old Napa Valley Extra Virgin space, will offer charcuterie, caviar and wines from the Napa Valley and around the world.
“We’re going to source as much as we can locally, but we’ll also have the wines of the world represented,” said Toby DeVore, a sommelier who’s started the business with his wife Lisa. “You’ll be able to come in here and have a glass of wine from anywhere in the world.”
The DeVores own a wine bar in New Orleans, and when they moved to St. Helena a year ago they loved the town, but felt it was missing a casual spot to hang out after hours.
“We want this to be a place where you can hang out and have a glass of wine for date night, girlfriends’ night out, or have a snack pre-movie or post-movie,” Lisa said.
The hours will probably “evolve” over time, Lisa said. The DeVores’ current use permit allows them to stay open as late as 10 p.m., and eventually they’d like to get permission to stay open until midnight, long after most businesses have closed.
“When a movie gets out late (at the Cameo), that’s it,” Lisa said.
“We want to be that other place – you can go to Ana’s if you want that kind of scene, but if you just want a comfortable lounge for a date night you can come here,” Toby said.
The vault that dates back to the building’s days as the Bank of St. Helena will become a private lounge area, and another area in the back will become a game room.