Location: 6476 Washington St. & 6534 Washington St., Yountville
Owner and manager: Thomas Keller Management Group
Architecture: Ware Malcomb Architects (Ad Hoc) and A2 Studios (Bouchon Bakery)
Engineering: structural -- Structural Design Group; mechanical -- TEP Engineering; electrical -- JRA Electrical EngineersContractors and suppliers: general -- Ledcor Construction; electrical -- Napa Electric; concrete: North Coast Concrete; earthwork -- Engelke Construction; foodservice equipment -- Harrison Koellner; architectural woodwork -- Kirk Brown Wood Products; fire suppression -- Alpha Fire Suppression Systems; plumbing -- TriMyc Mechanical; HVAC -- Bell Products
YOUNTVILLE -- The renowned proprietor of The French Laundry, Per Se and Bouchon Restaurant and Bakery opened his fourth venue, called Ad Hoc, on Yountville’s Washington Street.
[caption id="attachment_66491" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Originally intended as a temporary gourmet comfort food eatery, Ad Hoc has been upgraded into an ongoing venture.[/caption]
Ad Hoc, which literally means “for this purpose,” fulfilled chef Thomas Keller’s desire to have a restaurant serving dishes inspired by the comfort food he enjoyed growing up, such as fried chicken, pot roast and beef stroganoff.
Originally intended as only a temporary enterprise, he decided to keep Ad Hoc open and make it a permanent fixture in Yountville, based on its popularity with local residents and visitors.
However, with that decision came the need to upgrade kitchen facilities and to increase the number of seats as well as enhance the dining area.
[caption id="attachment_66492" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Ad Hoc's kitchen[/caption]
On Jan. 2, Ledcor Construction Inc., along with its subcontractors, started the Ad Hoc renovation.
“The project was not just a simple face lift or a minor tenant improvement, the existing facility was completed demolished down to the bare soil and rebuilt within sixty days,” said Jeff Baptista, project manager with Ledcor.
Mr. Keller wanted the project finished by March 1, with its doors open and ready for the first paying dinner customers by March 15.
To meet this deadline, a complete demolition of the kitchen was planned, one that included recompacting subgrade soil along with constructing a new a foundation with underground plumbing and electrical service.
An all-new wood frame building, with new roofing materials, insulation, drywall, tile floors and kitchen equipment surrounded the core infrastructure.
An expanded entrance area to the dining room was designed from the ground up. Old wood flooring was removed and replaced, the bar section was modified and the interior was repainted.
Extensive modifications were also made to outdoor utility spaces. The parking lot was restriped and received a fresh topcoat. Contemporary landscaping was added, and an upgraded electrical system installed.
"In order to fulfill Mr. Keller’s vision and meet his time schedule, everyone on the construction, ownership and design team went the extra distance. On March 2, the Ledcor group turned the project over to the kitchen staff. Thomas Keller’s vision had been fulfilled,” Mr. Baptista said.
[caption id="attachment_66493" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Buchon Restaurant and Bakery, destroyed by fire, was remodeled and reopened.[/caption]
In late September 2011, fire swept through the oven and baking areas of the Bouchon Bakery but left the retail area undamaged. The day after the fire, representatives from the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group called Ledcor Construction and asked the firm to work closely with their design team to plan the reconstruction.