RH stages its most ambitious masterwork yet
“I’ve always been drawn to the strength and serenity of the valley and vines,” says RH chairman and CEO Gary Friedman, whose new five-building, 20,000-square-foot Napa Valley compound expands his brand’s already formidable foray into hospitality. Craggy olive trees surround a restaurant, wine bar, barista bar and pair of furniture galleries at the tranquil indoor-outdoor RH Yountville on Washington Street, devised by architect James Gillam of lauded St. Helena firm Backen & Gillam Architects.
RH incorporated the Ma(i)sonry—an art- and antiques-filled wine vault and tasting room set in a historic craftsman house—into the estate, updating its outdoor trellis-covered spaces with the brand’s Kelly Hoppen textiles, Toluca fire tables and Rococo crystal chandeliers. There, guests can enjoy single-vineyard wine flights before heading over to the new eatery next door for burgers and roast chicken by Chicago restaurateur and RH Hospitality’s founding president, Brendan Sodikoff. The glass-roofed restaurant space, dreamed up by Friedman (who grew up in neighboring Sonoma) and Sodikoff (who trained steps away at The French Laundry), makes a seductive case for pairing design with food and wine.
Written by ELIZABETH VARNELL.