June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015
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Rendering of the rooftop bar at the Archer Hotel in Napa. Courtesy of Archer Hotel.

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Rendering of the Archer Hotel in Napa, slated for a late 2016 opening. Courtesy of Archer Hotel.

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The Guerneville Bank Club features ice cream from Nimble and Finn and chile apple pie from Chile Pies. Photo courtesy of Heather Irwin.

By 707 correspondent Heather Irwin. Sign up for the BiteClub Newsletter.

Charlie’s Wine Country Three-peat: Chef Charlie Palmer is on a roll. Following his recent St. Helena restaurant opening at Harvest Table, he announced yesterday that he’ll be opening ~CHARLIE PALMER STEAK~ in downtown Napa. The restaurant and rooftop bar is slated to open at the forthcoming Archer Hotel, a 183-room luxury property planned for late 2016.

The hotel and restaurant will be the centerpieces of the 275,000-square-foot Napa Center, which is being hailed as a game-changing “Napa Valley experience” with more than 40 shops and restaurants. Palmer has steak houses in New York, D.C., Las Vegas, and Reno currently. The tireless chef also recently released a cookbook, Charlie Palmer’s America Fare.

There’s still a grandiosity to the ~GUERNEVILLE BANK CLUB~, though the safe is now a photo booth and the tellers have been replaced by ice cream scoopers. The 1928 bank building has been rehabbed by locals and is now an ice cream and pie shop with retail space, an art gallery, and the Russian River Historical Society.

We’re smitten with ~NIMBLE AND FINN’S~ cheeky scoop flavors, including Manhattan (whisky, vermouth, and cherry chunks), blueberry cheesecake, and vegan strawberry, rose, and geranium sorbet. Paired with ~CHILE PIES’~ sweet apple and chile pie with a drizzle of chile-infused honey? Solid gold. 16290 Main St., Guerneville.

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