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The Moraga Bar(n) - a French Laundry For Moragans?

We refer to the much-written-about Yountville restaurant and wonder if, perhaps, Moragans won't have to make the trip north to get the same dining experience in the future.

Lamorinda Patch had the pleasure of joining and the for a small get-together at the Moraga Barn Friday, and learned there are plans afoot for Moraga's venerable watering hole.

A team of local restauranteurs hope to bring a "Napa Valley" dining experience to Avant's recently LEED Platinum-certified landmark structure, and talking with locals around a blazing outdoor fire pit cemented our longstanding impression of a pent-up local demand for such a venue.

Mayor Karen Mendonca was on hand for a briefing on the proposal, presented complete with renderings and a sample menu, and the idea did sound appealing.

Avant and the restaurant team said that, if approved, their proposal would lean heavily on locally grown and produced foods and wines, could provide the town with $125,000 in annual sales tax revenue, and would be built without threatening the Barn's coveted LEED Platinum certification - currently the only one of its kind in Contra Costa County.

"We have a commitment to green building and feel we have demonstrated that commitment," Avant said Friday. "At the same time we feel we can bring this building back to its former intended use and benefit both the town and the people of Moraga."

Nancy Lee July 01, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Trader Joe, Diablo Foods and Whole Foods seem to be doing pretty well with fresh, organic foods and product lines - I would think a restaurant using those same products and fresh produce would be welcome. I would go FWIW.
Yoni Mayeri July 01, 2011 at 10:57 PM
"...Isn't parking a bit tight there among other issues?"--bcrane1 Where is parking an issue in Moraga?
Yoni Mayeri July 01, 2011 at 11:06 PM
The stands at the Moraga Farmer's market that sell organic produce also do very well. Yeah for this new spot!
Dale Walwark July 03, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Many of us have long expressed the need for a better dinner restaurant in Moraga. We and many of our friends will dine there and, if it is good enough, customers will come from far and wide. No French Laundry prices, but it would have to be more expensive than what is here now for the quality and ambiance that would set it apart. Parking for dinner wouldn't be a problem. Even lunch parking wouldn't if, as expected, the post office next door closes.
David Swoboda September 27, 2011 at 03:08 AM
I would love to know the progress on this project. I would love to see this really happen. Local wines and great food sounds great.

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