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Our Story


Tom kenney - FOUNDER & CHIEF BUS BOY
NAPA FLATS wood-fired kitchen 

WE’VE STARTED AN AMAZING JOURNEY.

It seems like only yesterday, we created our first Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen in College Station. Our goal was to open a neighborhood restaurant and share our love of chef-inspired food with our friends, family and community. Our vision was simple: cuisine inspired by California flavors with an Italian flair, made from scratch and then prepared in an open kitchen over a wood–fired grill.

We wanted a menu that feels familiar without being common. Our chefs endlessly explored restaurants, cookbooks and old family recipes. We prepared hundreds of dishes and asked our friends to taste and comment. Debate and passionate conversation ensued, ultimately culminating into an eclectic lunch and dinner menu, edited to just two pages, that offers great flavors and variety for the most discriminating diner.

We focus on doing things consistently and exceptionally well. We make our own tender mozzarella and hand cut our steaks and fish. Our pizza is hand-tossed, and we make all of our gelato in-house.

Our architects helped us create an interior designed to complement our menu, and we focused on the details that create an engaging ambiance – an abundance of natural light, an open kitchen and appealing textures. We even selected acoustic ceiling tiles that absorb the noise but don’t diminish the restaurant’s energy.

And, of course, we wanted to offer a variety of our favorite Napa Valley and California wines at an exceptional value either by the bottle or glass. Wine on tap allows us to provide wine-by-the-bottle quality by individual glass, served at the perfect temperature to enhance the taste.

Finally, we understand that our people, and most importantly, our managing partners, are the critical ingredient to a successful restaurant.

We rely on their ability to assemble a well-trained team and create a great culture. All our managing partners are people we have known and worked with for years. Each manager is invested in the success of their own community’s restaurant, both financially and emotionally.

It is a dining experience you will want to rediscover again and again. Enjoy life, come join us.

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Austin


Austin


DANA DUPREE – MANAGING PARTNER
NAPA FLATS WOOD-FIRED KITCHEN  AUSTIN, TX

Dana Dupree brings a large serving of Texas hospitality

to every restaurant she has managed.  She has operated restaurants from Longview, Texas to Destin, Florida.  No matter what city or what state, Dana makes customers feel at home when they come into her restaurant.

I've known Dana for more than five years and she always was a top performer who puts people first.  She knows a great customer experience starts with a great employee experience.  Her staff understands that Dana is committed to their success.  She provides her staff great training when hired and on-going training when they work there.  She makes pre-shift meetings an essential ingredient to the restaurants success.  She views the role of an exceptional restaurateur as more teacher than manager.  

A few years ago, I was looking for an exceptional general manager to operate a restaurant in Round Rock.  A friend in Florida told me about Dana and insisted I talk to her.  She was living in Destin working as a manager for Outback Steakhouse and enjoying the beach and the sun and their boat. Getting her to move away from the white sand and blue waters of Destin was not going to be easy.  However,  she is a Texas girl and she loves the Austin area.  The challenge would be the lack of sand and surf.  I told her to come and check out Lake Travis -- which at that time had a fair amount of water in it. The lake caught their attention and they made the move to central Texas.    Then came the drought and there went the water.  Fortunately, she stayed here water or not.

Dana and I have stayed in contact over the years and I knew if I could ever find the right location for a restaurant she would be the one I would like to partner with.  When I signed the lease for Napa Flats in North Austin across from Concordia University, I knew Dana would be the perfect choice for managing partner.  She lives near the site and had lots of friends in the area.  We offered her a an opportunity to buy an interest in the restaurant and our partnership was born.  

When you meet Dana you will understand what hospitality is all about.

Tom Kenney - Founder/Chief Bus Boy
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen  

 

 
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College Station


College Station


Tony Abdalla – Managing Partner/Director of Operations
NAPA FLATS wood-fired kitchen  COLLEGE STATION, TX

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Tony has been instrumental in the creation of napa flats from almost the beginning.

Without his contribution, we would have never opened. We talked about and studied recipes for months. In one memorable day we had tasted enough food to get a year’s worth of calories. His humor, common sense and eye for detail make him an exceptional business partner and an outstanding manager.

Watching Tony interact with people is pure joy. It is easy to understand why both customers and employees love his affable demeanor. Tony connects with people because he is fully present and listens when he engages in a conversation. He has a loyal group of managers and team members that follow him because they know he is fair and straightforward. Life is just better with Tony around. The result is outstanding food and a great restaurant experience for our customers.

Tony and I have now worked together for more than 20 years. It has been a great pleasure watching him grow and mature from his days as a college student to become a restaurant entrepreneur and a devoted family man. Tony’s dedication to Napa Flats is only exceeded by his love for his wife Lori and their four children. Balancing his children’s many sporting and school activities with a restaurant career is no easy task. But Tony understands the difference between what is urgent and what is important.

Look for Tony next time you are in the restaurant. He’ll be the one with the smile.

Tom Kenney
Napa Flats Founder & Chief Bus Boy

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San Antonio


San Antonio


Juan Gonzalez – Managing Partner
NAPA FLATS wood-fired kitchen  SAN ANTONIO, TX

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Juan Gonzalez is the perfect partner to lead San Antonio Napa Flats

San Antonio is a great restaurant town with a strong culture based around family and food that loves independent operators, making it the perfect place for our third Napa Flats.

I have known Juan for more than 15 years and watched his career bloom and prosper. Juan has mastered every role in the restaurant from line cook and kitchen manager to wait staff and general manager. He has always been a top performer and quickly rose up the ranks from hourly to management. He now makes the next step to managing partner and restaurant owner.

Juan is a great leader and provides his team with a clear understanding of what they are responsible for. He holds people accountable for their performance, and he believes in coaching and teaching to encourage them to perform their best. He is incredibly calm under fire, and he never gets rattled. People love working for him, and customers immediately appreciate the great restaurant environment he creates.

Watching Juan grow has been an amazing journey. He confidently takes charge, and best of all, he delivers a taste of San Antonio hospitality on every visit.

Juan and his family were very excited to invest their time and energy in making Napa Flats San Antonio a reality. They are the heart of the spirit of the community, and thanks to them, you can enjoy the amazing tastes of Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen in an equally amazing city.

Tom Kenney - Founder & Chief Bus Boy
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen

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Tulsa


Tulsa


John Crancer – Managing Partner
NAPA FLATS wood-fired kitchen  TULSA, OK

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JOhn loves tulsa and it shows.  napa flats Has become a vibrant center of great food and great friends.

We had no immediate plans to open a second Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen. The timing just didn’t seem right. We were still working on our menu, developing our team and creating our culture in College Station. In reality, we were cash poor but ambition rich.

Our thoughts changed when John approached us. I’ve known John for more than 20 years, starting when he worked for me as a young manager with Outback Steakhouse in College Station. John is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, and his mother lives near our College Station restaurant. John visited Napa Flats a couple of times with his family, they tasted about everything on the menu and gave our homemade food and inviting ambiance a unanimous thumbs up.

When John asked if we would consider doing a partnership with him in Tulsa, there was one big hurdle – raising the money.

We all went back to our friends, family and investors to pool our resources. They believed in us, we believed in John and his family, and the money soon followed.

John already had a perfect location in mind across the river from the Oklahoma Aquarium. Soon we were open and getting rave reviews from the press and on social media.

A few months later and we were recognized for having the “Best New Restaurant Concept” from the Oklahoma Restaurant Association and voted one of the “Best New Restaurants in Tulsa."

John loves people and has a passion for food and service. Details are his specialty and laughter is his calling card.

Tom Kenney - Founder & Chief Bus Boy
Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen

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