Where is the original Napa, namesake of the local restaurant we’re about to consider? Wikipedia helpfully answers.

Napa is the largest city and county seat of Napa County and a principal city of Wine Country in Northern California. Located in the North Bay region of the Bay Area, the city had a population of 77,480 as of the end of 2021. Napa is a major tourist destination in California, known for its wineries, restaurants, and arts culture.

The word itself is Native American, and the surrounding Napa Valley is a world renowned wine growing area located north of San Francisco. The Napa River runs through it, and in Louisville, the restaurant known as Napa River Grille is simplifying to Napa, remodeling, and offering a new menu focusing on “fresh ingredients and colorful, modern fare.”

Upscale East End restaurant changing name amid ‘extensive’ rebranding effort, by Haley Cawthon (Louisville Business First)

Napa River Grill will have a new name following an “extensive” rebranding effort.

The upscale restaurant, located at 1211 Herr Lane in Westport Village, is rebranding in response to accelerated growth and renewal of the its culinary vision, according to a news release. It will be called “Napa,” dropping “River Grill” from its name, and will undergo interior design renovations as it unveils an updated menu.

Craft Culture Concepts, a Louisville-based restaurant group that also owns Parlour Pizza, purchased Napa River Grill from Manna Inc. in September 2020 for an undisclosed amount.

In closing, one of my personal favorites: Napa cabbage, as profiled at Mashed.

Napa cabbage falls into the category of “Chinese cabbage,” which is a term that can also refer to bok choy, according to The Spruce Eats. The napa variety, known scientifically as pekinensis, has leaves with thick veins and a white stalk. Some recipes refer to it as Chinese white cabbage, Peking cabbage, or celery cabbage. It’s crunchy, mildly-flavored, and can be prepared in any number of ways.