News Briefs for December 19, 2011December 19, 2011
•Nightlife and hospitality firm Tao Group has purchased two New York City venues—Hiro Ballroom and Japanese restaurant Matsuri—from Maritime Hotel owners Eric Goode and Sean Macpherson, Eater NY reports. Financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed. Led by partners Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, Tao Group is expected to convert at least one of the two venues into a new restaurant concept by 2013. The two additions join the firm’s existing portfolio, which includes ownership or interest in New York City hotspots such as Tao, Stanton Social, Beauty and Essex, Lavo and the Dream Downtown, among others.
•Diageo has submitted an application to the Dublin City Council for planning permission to expand Guinness’s historic Saint James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. The plans include an investment of €100 million ($130m) to establish a new brewhouse on the north side of the site, as well as capacity expansion to about 6.8 million barrels of Guinness and overall modernization of the facility. If Dublin’s City Council approves the plans, Diageo will make a final decision the project by early next year.
•The U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has officially granted Naches Heights, Washington and Coombsville in Napa County, California American Viticultural Area (AVA) status. Located near the city of Yakima, Washington, Naches Heights encompasses 13,254 acres and currently has just 37.3 acres of vineyards. The AVA—which is Washington’s 12th—is now the smallest planted wine region in the state. Coombsville, meanwhile, is located east of the city of Napa and comprises just over 11,000 acres. The AVA, which is a sub-appellation of the larger Napa Valley AVA and the multi-county North Coast AVA, is Napa’s 16th accredited wine region.
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