Napa destination Restaurant at Meadowood lost in Glass Fire

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Fire crews raced Monday afternoon to try to save Meadowood Napa Valley as the Glass Fire threatened to burn the highly rated luxury resort that housed the famed, three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood. Napa destination Restaurant at Meadowood lost in Glass Fire One of the many structures that burned after the […]

Fire crews raced Monday afternoon to try to save Meadowood Napa Valley as the Glass Fire threatened to burn the highly rated luxury resort that housed the famed, three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood.

Many of the resort’s large buildings were still standing. A building that housed the Restaurant at Meadowood, the Grill at Meadowood and a golf shop was lost, however.

A representative for Meadowood said the resort would provide a fuller update on damage Tuesday. Chef Christopher Kostow, who turned Restaurant at Meadowood into a fine dining destination, declined to comment on the record on Monday.

Firefighters poured resources into the fight to save the hotel. More than a dozen fire engines fought to save the resort, a sprawling complex tucked into the wooded foothills above Napa Valley vineyards. Adam Housley, a television news correspondent, captured an image of the burning building that was widely shared on Twitter.

Fences around the tennis courts were covered in flames, and the tennis pro shop was a smoldering heap of ashes. Firefighters drained the turquoise resort pools to fill their engine tanks.

As fire crews worked, thunder-like noises could be heard around them as large oak and pine trees crashed to the forest floor.

Since Kostow started at the Restaurant at Meadowood more than a decade ago, it’s become one of the region’s premier restaurants — helping to establish Napa’s reputation for fine dining. The chef quickly won national awards for his creative use of local ingredients, creating a menu that critics have called fine dining as an art form. It’s held Michelin stars and has been on The Chronicle’s Top 100 list for years.

Kostow has other restaurants, including the Charter Oak, but the Meadowood venue was his flagship.

Chronicle wine critic Esther Mobley contributed to this report.

Dustin Gardiner is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @dustingardiner

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