After breaking the news late last year regarding the October closure of the Martini House, I had also reported that Paul Fleming of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse had planned to move into the newly-vacated space. However, just a few weeks after this news broke, I soon learned that the Fleming deal had fallen through. Now, with the old Martini House property in turn-around, I’ve recently discovered that Hillstone Restaurant Group has apparently stepped in, and the new owners will allegedly be moving forward on the project rather quickly.
Hillstone, of course, is the same entity behind Rutherford Grill, and is also the same company that’s currently converting the old Napa Valley Grille space in Yountville. My sources mentioned that after the acquisition of the Martini House property, Hillstone also made an offer to Farmstead executive chef Sheamus Feeley, who had originally established his local following at the Rutherford Grill. However, it’s my understanding that Feeley will remain at Farmstead for the time being, so there will be no Hillstone-Feeley reunion at the moment.