Just eight weeks after devastating flood waters rose to nearly six feet in the dining room, Canoe restaurant reopened for business last night.
I stopped by to have dinner and get a look at the interior, which had to be completely refurbished. Managing partner Vince Palermo was there, looking sharp in a tux, as were his partners George McKerrow, Jr., and Ron San Martin.
Dining room manager Jennifer Krapp and chef Carvel Grant Gould made the rounds, beaming.
“You were here on the worst day,” said Gould, recalling September 23, two days after the flood, when I trudged through the muddy parking lot to report on the devastation. “And now you’re here on the best!”
The restaurant looks essentially the same, but with a more subdued color palette, which I really like. Gone is the Southwestern patterned fabric on the banquettes that gave Canoe the vague look of an Aspen ski lodge. Now, there is a rich burgundy fabric and a darker stain on the wooden railings to match.
Our waiter, Tom, told us that he had the last afternoon table on September 21, just before the flood waters breached the dining room.
“The water had risen to the edge of the outside window when I saw an otter swim by,” he recalled. “I told my table that I thought they had better get going.”
Gould, for her part, has debuted a new fall/winter menu and planted her third garden. The first was washed away in the flood. The second was submerged after more recent heavy rains. Third time the charm. Look for a more detailed report on the food in an upcoming “30 Restaurants in 30 Days” post.
This dark picture shows the high-water mark in the main dining room.