New York Times says Napa is changing. probably so but some originals remain. MetroWines owner John Kerr is a Napa Native and give his take on the developments. But first, an excerpt from the NYT report:
In the 1980s, when John Truchard was a teenager, the most happening watering hole in downtown Napa was the McDonald’s on Jefferson Street. “It was a ghost town,” said Mr. Truchard, the owner of a wine room, JaM Cellars. “There were no good restaurants, nothing good to do.”
Napa, with a population of about 80,000, is Napa Valley’s largest city and the county seat. Until recently, even as Napa Valley became an international wine destination, tourists tended to bypass the city in favor of venturing “up valley” for wine tasting, luxury lodging and upscale restaurants. Places like St. Helena, Yountville and Calistoga attracted tourists while Napa, an hour north of San Francisco, tended to be a pit stop for gas. It didn’t help that there was also flooding in the downtown streets after torrential rains.
NYT Story by Kathy Chin Leong HERE!
John Kerr says: "John Truchard is right that the town of Napa has changed since we were teenagers in the 1970’s and 1980’s. But the character of the town remains intact, and many of the downtown restaurants and sites are still there. If you are making a trip to the town of Napa, feel free to call and I will recommend a few of the places that only the natives know."