A $725 New Year’s Eve Party: Famous chef David Kinch said he would consider offers for both the company and the property when he revealed in August that he would be departing Manresa, the Los Gatos icon he established over two decades.
Did anyone in the food industry believe they could fill Manresa’s size 3-Michelin-starred shoes and inherit his mantle? Not, as Kinch and his staff announced on Monday that the restaurant would officially close on January 1 and that final December dinner reservations would be made.
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A $725 New Year’s Eve blowout supper will be the culmination of a month of joyful prix fixe meals that will feature “extraordinary goods, concepts, and dishes old and new.” Even though the restaurant property is for sale, 320 Village Lane still has some cachet. John Machado, executive vice president of Colliers, stated that he is in contact with interested parties.
Kinch stated in an email that he wanted to “embark on the next phase of his culinary journey, with a renewed focus on (his) more casual local establishments,” including The Bywater in Los Gatos, Mentone in Aptos, and Manresa Bread locations, when he announced his departure from his renowned restaurant, one of only six in California to hold three of the coveted Michelin stars.
I’ve been amazed by the support from my staff, industry peers, and our guests since I announced that I would be leaving, and they have all encouraged me to pursue new opportunities. In a statement released on Monday, general manager Jenny Yun, chef de cuisine Nicholas Romero, wine director and master sommelier Jim Rollston, pastry chef Courtney Moisant, and deputy general manager Christopher Harris were all thanked for their contributions.
“I would be negligent if I did not express my sorrow and the gravity of closing the doors on January 1 after everything that we’ve accomplished,” he continued. However, 20 years is a darn fantastic run, and the New Year’s Eve celebration will be incredible.
To partake in Kinch’s final gastronomic extravaganzas, diners will need to spend more. The cost of the tasting menus for December has increased from $425 to $595 per person ($255 with optional wine pairings). With “luxury extras at every turn, with no further supplement charges for premium pleasures like truffles, caviar, and treasures from the wine cellar,” the sumptuous Dec. 31 feast will cost $725 ($325 optional wine pairings).
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November reservations are all taken. Beginning at midnight on November 14, reservations for the final month’s meals will be taken on Tock. For the right restaurateur, Collliers’ Machado described the Manresa building and property as a rare turnkey opportunity, complete with a fully functional, high-end kitchen, furniture for a restaurant and bar, and even a liquor license.
There is a $5.75 million price tag. We’re attempting to replace it with a different fine dining establishment, Machado added. “You might be open in a week if you change the name, hire a chef, and bring in some food.”