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Though the earthquake shook the valley to its foundation, it didn’t change downtown Napa’s status as an emerging dining destination. Here are its latest (and imminent) attractions.

TORC
Postquake Status: Minimal damage
Housed in the old Ubuntu digs, chef-owner Sean O’Toole’s restaurant has been luring locals since it opened last December with dishes like sweet potato pakora and sumac and za’atar roasted chicken. 1140 Main St. (Near Pearl St.), 707-252-3293

VELO PIZZERIA
Postquake Status: Minimal damage
Opened in August, this self-described “American-style” slice joint serves a tightly edited selection of pies and has beers and wines on tap. 807 Main St. (Near 3rd St.), 707-492-3975

CITY WINERY AT THE HISTORIC NAPA VALLEY OPERA HOUSE
Postquake Status: Mnor water damage; Wine collection losses
By preserving the historic Opera House, City Winery’s owners endeared themselves to the locals even before they opened in April—their cocktails, 30 wines on tap, and extensive selection of brown liquor are just icing on the cake. 1030 Main St. (Near 1st St.), 707-260-1600

LA TABERNA
Postquake status: n/a
The owners of the longtime local favorite Zuzu are opening a Spanish-style place two doors away from the mother ship this fall. Expect pintxos, beer, and wine. 815 Main St. (Near 3rd St.)

ATLAS SOCIAL
Postquake status: n/a
Napa restaurateur Michael Gyetvan will expand his portfolio later this fall with a new global fusion spot, serving small plates focused on ingredients from ranch, sea, and garden. 1126 1st St. (Near Main St.)

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET
Postquake status: minimal damage
Among the latest offerings at this gourmet marketplace is a gluten-free bakery, Cate & Co. Later this fall, look for a sushi bar from Eiko’s, Napa’s popular Japanese restaurant. 2180 Jefferson St. (At H St.), 707-226-6529

 

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Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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