Bar Napa Introduces New Look, Specialty Cocktails and Menu Items at Grand Opening Weekend Benefitting Texas Lions Camp
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen today announced the debut of Bar Napa, an expanded and artfully enhanced bar and lounge in its San Antonio restaurant on Friday, April 29, located in the Vineyards Shopping Center on FM 1604 and Blanco Road. The grand opening weekend benefits Texas Lion’s Camp, a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities, Down syndrome, cancer and Type 1 diabetes.
“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the customer dining experience through menu enhancements and the latest wine and beverage offerings,,” said Napa Flats managing partner Juan Gonzalez. “We wanted to create a more energetic atmosphere where friends and families are able to enjoy bar height seating in the lounge allowing for a more inviting place to socialize. We felt architecturally a few small changes would create a much more vibrant space.”
Bar Napa will feature a lineup of six new specialty cocktails including the Pepino (Patrón Tequila, lime juice, mint syrup and diced cucumber), the Paloma (Sauza Hornitos Tequila, lime juice and grapefruit soda), the Sandia (Chopin Vodka, St. Germain, watermelon water, lime juice and agave nectar), the Napa Collins (Fords Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and carbonated water), the Mint Julep(Makers Mark Bourbon, mint, simple sugar and powdered sugar), and the Texas Mule (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, grapefruit juice, agave syrup, ginger beer and rosemary). In addition to the new cocktails, several innovative bar menu items have been introduced including the Chonburi Shrimp (spicy fried shrimp served over napa slaw), Wood-Fired Avocados (grilled avocado filled with chimichuri sauce on top of a bed of corn salsa served with tortilla chips) and Mozzarella and Asparagus flat breads just in time for summer.
To celebrate Bar Napa’s opening weekend the restaurant will feature live music on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will be wine and beer tasting, as well as a special happy hour pricing on Napa flatbreads, appetizers and their new summer cocktail menu. Additionally, the restaurant has partnered with the Texas Lions Camp and will donate $5 to the organization for every Texas Lion’s Camp pizza sold throughout the weekend.
Kenney and his staff collaborated with the San Antonio architectural firm, French & Michigan, to create an atmosphere that’s both reflective of Napa Flats’ quality and eclectic flair, and encourages people to linger and unwind. Bar Napa’s ambiance is evident from the moment you step inside the doorway onto new hardwood flooring in the foyer and gelato areas. Arriving guests will now be greeted by a distinctive new wall constructed of reclaimed wood and rows of wine bottles, built by F&M in partnership with Minima Wood Furniture. The bar also features two magnificent eight-foot tables fabricated by F&M from oak and steel, as well as two eight-foot light fixtures featuring pendulum bulbs with exposed filaments.
The wall separating the bar and dining areas has been removed, opening the space and creating a flow more favorable to small groups. New high-top and low-brow cocktail tables have been added to the lounge, which now seats 32 people. Additional flat-screen TVs have been added to the Bar Napa lounge now totaling seven TV’s to accommodate guests who stop by to have a drink and watch their favorite sport. Guests can also enjoy the patio area that has eight tables and seats 32, and a semi-private dining room accommodating 20.
“We were honored when Tom chose us to work with him on designing the Bar Napa space,” said Ryan Reed, of French & Michigan. “His vision for the bar and lounge was right on track with our approach of melding materials and landscape, creating objects reflective of function, quality and craft. I think we accomplished that with the Napa Flats project.”
“We wanted to create a more visually stimulating space where customers could feel the energy in the restaurant, bar and lounge,” said Napa Flats Founder Tom Kenney. “A great dining experience is much more than just exceptional food and drinks, it is also the surroundings that make for a memorable occasion.”
As its name suggests, Napa Valley wines add a delicious dimension to Napa Flats’ full-service bar. The restaurant presents both domestic and imported wines, and constantly rotates its specialty offerings. The menu includes some exotics, as well as more popular wines to appeal to a broad range of tastes.
The owners of Napa Flats appreciate the importance of value and affordability. They want guests to visit their restaurant weekly, not just on special occasions. With lunch menu items priced around $10 and dinner items ranging from $12 to $24, customers can make Napa Flats a frequent dining destination. For the San Antonio restaurant, Kenney created a unique eight-tap wine dispenser that offers a complete complement of high-quality wines by the glass. This reduces storage space and transportation costs, enabling him to offer more wine choices at better values.
Kenney’s vision for Napa Flats has always been simple—fresh, savory cuisine inspired by California flavors with an Italian flair, made from scratch and prepared in an open kitchen over a wood fired grill. With bold spins on culinary classics, Napa Flats’ eclectic menu features fresh grilled salmon, redfish, sesame-crusted tuna, and other seafood; hand cut steaks, pork tenderloin, lamb, and ribs; savory handmade pastas; grilled Italian flatbreads; and a wide variety of hand-tossed pizzas. The restaurant’s signature salads include a beet salad with arugula, goat cheese and candied pecans, as well as the chopped kale salad featuring green apples, oven roasted tomatoes, feta cheese and baby kale tossed in the house balsamic. Napa Flats’ talented pastry chef, Leigha Sutton, has created an imaginative array of tasty gelato and desserts that may change your outlook on life.
“We hope all our regular customers, as well as some new ones, will stop by Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 to help us celebrate the grand opening of Bar Napa,” said Juan Gonzalez, Managing Partner of Napa Flats-San Antonio. “It’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ to San Antonio. And what better way to thank our loyal patrons by inviting them to enjoy some exceptionally good food, drink and ambiance with good friends and family?”
About Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen
Napa Flats Wood-fired Kitchen is a high quality food and beverage concept inspired by the best of Californian and Italian flavors. The full-service restaurant serves both lunch and dinner and has a bar and patio. Napa Flats’ eclectic menu features fresh seafood dishes; hand cut steaks, pork tenderloin, lamb, and ribs; handmade pastas; grilled Italian flatbreads; and a wide variety of hand tossed pizzas. Handmade desserts and a wide variety of Napa Valley wines round out the menu. The full-service bar is unique to Austin, featuring a specially designed wine tap system that presents wines by the glass at the perfect temperature for discerning tastes. Napa Flats is located at 1301 North Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX 78258. For more information, call 210) 504-2555or visit www.napaflats.com.
About French & Michigan
French & Michigan is a multidisciplinary workshop and gallery devoted to strengthening collaboration between art and design through the development of a visual and built environment.