Francis Ford Coppola, who's become a food-and-wine impresario for the Bay Area in recent decades, hinted this week about his latest restaurant project, deciding to be mysterious about it even though it was pretty obvious to most in Sonoma County what his plans are. As BiteClubEats reports, Coppola's reps released a cryptic announcement saying that, "Coppola envisions his new culinary outpost to be like none other in Northern California. Details are coming soon but, for now, only those sworn to secrecy have insight into the intriguing, distinctive, delicious, hearty and inviting new dining experience." Also, begging to be found out, they revealed hints like the logo, which is a “W” with an arrow through it, and saying, "try pronouncing 'Werowocomoco'."
Commenters on the blog were quick to say the restaurant will be at Coppola's new Virginia Dare Winery, the former Geyser Peak Winery that he purchased and rebranded last year with the American legend of Virginia Dare, the "White Doe," a fair-haired young girl of English descent, raised among a Native American tribe, transformed through black magic into a doe until she was killed by a hunter's arrow. Where she fell, grapes grew that were forever "stained by her blood." And this was how wine in the Americas became red, or so the legend goes.
Groundbreaking on the restaurant dates back to last fall, and so the announcement of an opening is no big surprise. They're planning to debut it on November 4.
Coppola owns and operates the grand Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, which is complete with a pool that's especially popular for families in the summer, as well as a full-service restaurant called Rustic. He also owns the historic Inglenook Estate in Napa, where there's also a winery (formerly Coppola's Rubicon estate), as well as Cafe Zoetrope here in North Beach.
And, maybe, its name is Werowocomoco, named for the early political and spiritual capital of the Virginia Algonquian tribes, specifically of the Powhatan, which was documented by the first English settlers in Jamestown in 1608.
Even though that is a terrible name for a restaurant.