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

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.