Gran Electrica, an upscale Mexican restaurant in downtown Napa known for its playful atmosphere and original margaritas, announced Friday that it will be closing its doors permanently. The news comes about three months after the restaurant temporarily closed for a long winter break and almost four years to the day after it opened in 2018.
Tamer Hamawi, co-owner of Gran Electrica with his wife Blaire Scheibal, said the challenge of finding staff was ultimately the reason for the closure after a difficult few years due to COVID-19 and wildfires. Restaurant staff were “in a constant state of hemorrhage,” especially over the past year, Hamawi said. Gran Electrica lost two key employees in 2021: opening chef Ignacio Beltran (formerly of Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc and Meadowood restaurant) and longtime general manager Kat Weis, who left to spend more time with her family. Staffing issues also caused the restaurant to halve its menu and stop serving main courses.