However, the redevelopment has not progressed. In March, Brooks Street sold its stake in the property to Rossi, with Holcomb remaining a partner.)
At the time of his investment, Rossi said the original idea of creating a destination with market stalls, an indoor hall and artisan shops, “was too grand a plan” to be considered financially. This left the project stuck, he said.
Chris Vecera of Naysayer Coffee Roasters said he’s had an eye on the Food City Project for some time.
“We love the neighborhood component of Food City,” he said. “I think this will be a great project… a cool, safe, comfortable, welcoming and fun place.
In addition to coffee, he plans to offer pastries and other food options. Vecera said he hopes to open by fall.
Naysayer is currently located at the First & Franklin Marketplace in downtown Napa. In addition to the Food City location, “Our coffee will continue to be served (downtown) to some extent,” he said.
An old walkway in the Food City center, which was covered at one point, will be reopened, Rossi said. Seats and other improvements will be installed.
The new storefront elevations will be designed “to reflect the modern art style of the original building,” which dates from 1952, Rossi wrote.