American, BiteClub, Cocktails, Kitchen, New, St. Helena

Goose and Gander open

Former Martini House location roars to life again

St. Helena’s Goose and Gander, in the former Martini House location, opened Tuesday (4/24/12)— earlier than expected (a rarity in the restaurant world). In the kitchen is Kelly McCown, a Martini House vet. Bar manager and mixologist Scott Beattie, who recently departed Healdsburg’s Spoonbar, continues his love affair with seasonal, artisanal cocktails at the new venue. Early word on the menu is American comfort, with braised meatballs, duck confit and bone marrow as apps; a burger with duck fat fries, ricotta gnocchi and pork chops for entrees, and a precious lineup of soups, sides and salads. 1245 Spring St., St. Helena.

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