NapaSport and the Forge will soon be more than just a pair of eateries on Napa’s south side. With the city’s approval, they will become new places for visits to take in live music along with their meals.
The Planning Commission on Thursday granted permits for both restaurants to stage performances, opening up a musical venue at the South Napa Century Center, the retail and food complex being built out by the Gasser Foundation north of Imola Avenue.
Both eateries intend to host musicians up to three times a week either indoors or on their patios, with a 10 p.m. cutoff, according to plans filed with the city in August.
Although city terms require volume levels moderate enough not to disturb nearby businesses and activities, the location of Forge and NapaSport at South Napa Century – far removed from homes or schools – appeared to tamp down any possible opposition to musicians playing. Marina Park Townhomes, the nearest residential area, lies more than a quarter-mile southwest, and no public school is nearer than Shearer Elementary nearly four-fifths of a mile northwest, according to city assistant planner Jose Cortez.
NapaSport opened in March as a combination of a custom-cut steakhouse with a sports lounge, bar, flat-screen televisions and outdoor game patio. Forge, which also operates in Oakland and Danville, opened its doors in Napa in June 2016.
The 10 p.m. curfew at both eateries is the same time Napa’s land-use authority granted in June to Uncorked, a wine tasting room in the Oxbow district that has become a favorite with local musicians. Planners extended music-playing period at Uncorked from 8 p.m. after performers said the earlier cutoff prevented many visitors from performing or listening after having dinner downtown.