Napa Valley looks to Restaurant Week to help restart economy – CBS San Francisco

NAPA (KPIX) – Restaurant week kicked off in Napa Valley on Friday night. It was a shot in the arm for those trying to stay in business, but for others, the pandemic has forced them to call it an end.

“It is very difficult to hold on and survive all of this,” said Visit Napa Valley CEO Linsey Gallagher.

Napa’s Ca ‘Momi announced closure on Facebook. The owners wrote that they did their best for as long as they could but it was the pandemic that eventually forced them to close.

“We opened and then we closed,” Gallagher said, referring to the region’s struggle with COVID regulations and lockdowns. “Then we can open for the outdoors, then we can open the door for indoors and then we have to close the door for indoors and you need a mask and it’s complicated to understand the path. front.”

Starting Friday night, over the next 10 days, the area’s world-class restaurateurs hope to see diners again.

“Restaurant Week is when the whole restaurant scene in downtown Napa comes to life,” said Matt Stamp, co-owner of Compline.

Compline and Charlie Palmer’s Steak House in downtown Napa both participated in the event.

Restaurant owners say food costs and staff shortages remain a big issue but Restaurant Week has given them a big boost.

Weekend reservations are difficult to find as the restaurants offer special menus.

At a time when some diners may be hesitant to eat out, restaurants have had to find ways to entice customers.

“This has become an opportunity to take advantage of everything we have learned over the years, our passion for food and wine, and find a way,” said Ryan Stetins, co-worker. to express it and find another way the owner of Compline.

Visiting Napa Valley says the area is showing signs of recovery. Hotel occupancy reached over 90% at the weekend, but business activity on weekdays slowed down. It expects staffing shortages to be the biggest challenge in 2022 as people return to enjoy Napa Valley. Napa Valley looks to Restaurant Week to help restart economy – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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