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Prix fixe dining alert: The French Laundry to close temporarily for renovations

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014 - 6:01 pm

As if nabbing a reservation at The French Laundry wasn’t tough enough, the landmark three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Yountville will be closing temporarily to undergo a renovation. According to the Napa Valley Register, proprietor and chef Thomas Keller is negotiating with Silverado Resort and Spa to host a series of pop-up restaurants while The French Laundry goes temporarily offline.

The construction timeline has yet to be confirmed, but if all goes to plan The French Laundry’s famed kitchen and garden will be expanded, among other renovations. But for those hoping the dining room will be expanded as well, which could theoretically make it easier to score a much sought-after reservation, don’t get carried away with images of “oysters and pearls.” The Napa Valley Register says the 62-capacity dining room will remain unchanged.

The French Laundry will meanwhile celebrate its 20th anniversary in July. We’ll keep tabs on these renovations, and for those who have TFL on their restaurant bucket list, don’t forget to follow @_TFL_ on Twitter. The restaurant announced a block of reservations in December to its Twitter followers. Sarah Singleton of Sacramento’s Undercover Caterer blog was one of the lucky ones to score a table. Click here to see how her lunch unfolded.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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