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I know restaurants close all the time, but that is no comfort.

In my area California Cuisine closed their restaurant and our now just a catering company. I will miss their bourbon pork chop with a sweet potato gratin which reminded me of lasagna, but made out of sweet potato.

Laurel, which at one point was a sister restaurant to Wine Sellar and Brasserie, was taken over by another company is closed. Changed concept from $$$ to $$ and is still owned by the same company. Sad to see it go, although I hear the new place is good.

Lose anything in your area recently?
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Originally posted by spo:
I know restaurants close all the time, but that is no comfort.

In my area California Cuisine closed their restaurant and our now just a catering company. I will miss their bourbon pork chop with a sweet potato gratin which reminded me of lasagna, but made out of sweet potato.

Laurel, which at one point was a sister restaurant to Wine Sellar and Brasserie, was taken over by another company is closed. Changed concept from $$$ to $$ and is still owned by the same company. Sad to see it go, although I hear the new place is good.

Lose anything in your area recently?


spo - add molly's, chive and jack's la jolla to your list. Chive has had a near constant chef turnover for years and peaked about 8-9 years ago. Molly's wasn't the same after Brian Sineott left for 1500 ocean and was doomed when the mariott opened up a Roy's. Jack's blew it by turning the fine dining room into an "Italian steak house" - it sucked after that. I am sure there are several others in the SD area that I am forgetting.
Red Guy, I liked Chive when it was A.J. Voytko as chef I believe. The veal chop was great but their mussels with citrus butter were even better. When he left the menu changed, then they changed to small plate format. I lost interest because the place was not the same again. I thought Chive closed 2-3 years ago. Was it more recent than that?

We had an offline at Molly's once. I liked the carpaccio but from what I understand some of the more discerning forumites actually requested to see the meat's credentials. Red Face Big Grin The schnitzel was pretty bland.
Brian left molly's about 3 or 4 years ago. The new chef (Timothy Au, I think) was there when you had the recent off-line. The food there was hit or miss under chef Au, so I guess that it should't count as a favorite that recently closed. Try 1500 ocean if you want to get an idea of what Molly's was once like. I thought that Chive closed within the last year, but I might be mistaken. We ate there last year before a Padres game.
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Originally posted by mona lisa vito:
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Not recently, but I am still in mourning over the loss of La Vielle Maison in Boca Raton a few years ago.


Me too!!!


The sad thing is it was sold as a pad for a condo building which never got built. Also, the owner's daughter had a nice wine store called Great Tastes which had a good selection of French and high end CA wine. It closed too as she sourced her wine through the restaurant's suppliers.
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Originally posted by FL Wino Spouse:
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Originally posted by Rothko:
Not recently, but I am still in mourning over the loss of La Vielle Maison in Boca Raton a few years ago.


Max
Momma Leones;
Kokomos
Grape
Aqua Grill
Spotos - Down town
Columbia
Shulas
Old Heildeburg

A very short list of northern PB County. There are closures weekly.


Dont forget Rosa Mexican and City Kitchen from DOwntown at the Gardens. I guess you have a lot of closures when there are over 100 eateries on a 4 mile stretch of road. Roll Eyes
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Originally posted by jburman82:
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Originally posted by FL Wino Spouse:
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Originally posted by Rothko:
Not recently, but I am still in mourning over the loss of La Vielle Maison in Boca Raton a few years ago.


Max
Momma Leones;
Kokomos
Grape
Aqua Grill
Spotos - Down town
Columbia
Shulas
Old Heildeburg

A very short list of northern PB County. There are closures weekly.


Dont forget Rosa Mexican and City Kitchen from DOwntown at the Gardens. I guess you have a lot of closures when there are over 100 eateries on a 4 mile stretch of road. Roll Eyes



Yes, Rosa Mexicano and Old Heidelburg are two other restaurants that I also lament closing.
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Originally posted by spo:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:

Oceanaire (technically a chain, but the next closest one is in San Diego.)
Frown


Not anymore, the one in SD is closing. Chapter 11. They had a happy hour with $1 oysters, great squid diablo, crab cakes etc. Too bad.


When did you hear this? I know they were closing underperfoming locations, but I thought that they were keeping the San Diego location open. As a side note, I read in the UT that Brian malarkey (prior Oceanaire chef) is opening up a new place in the gaslamp.
I can rattle of lots of restaurants in the Denver area that has closed recently. But I'm not really sure it's the economy. Seems like that's just a big part of that industy, especially the chef owned restaurant industry. The restaurant is or becomes the chef. They seems to work 7 days a week 52 weeks per year and just burn out! A terrible business model! The restaurant then closes and in comes another to start all over.

I can see no difference in trying to get a dinner reservation today, in one of the top rated good restaurants in town, than 2 to 3 years ago when the economy was supposingly better. It's still a tough chore. May people be buying less expensive wines or menu items, most certainly, but they are still going out to eat. If I notice a drop off in crowds, it's at restaurants that people didn't really want to go to anyway( mediocre food, wine,service, etc.), but went to because they couldn't get into their 1st or 2nd pick. More of those people are probably staying eating at home.
[QUOTE]Originally posted by spo:
I know restaurants close all the time, but that is no comfort.

Laurel, which at one point was a sister restaurant to Wine Sellar and Brasserie, was taken over by another company is closed. Changed concept from $$$ to $$ and is still owned by the same company. Sad to see it go, although I hear the new place is good.[QUOTE]

The word from some foodies at my workplace is that Cucina Urbana is a hit... I still like the sister rest... Kensington Grille, as they do free corkage several nights a week and I can walk there.. Wink
Oceanaire is still doing okay here in Indy. Makes sense. Seattle and San Diego are where great fish comes from. Too many good local options for fresh fish. Exactly why the chain would fail in San Francisco. Here in Indy, who cares? Nothing but walleye, catfish and bass for 1000 miles.

Elements closed several months ago, a local restaurant, and one of the very best meals in town. Shame, classy place. I hope R Bistro can ride it out, my pick for best local restaurant.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Lost a small local one about a week ago, Emory's, burned to the ground. They're looking into arson. Shame, it was one of the few decent places north of Seattle, and my wife's favorite. Put about 50 people instantly out of work.


Sounds like Benny The Torch out for insurance money
Lost our two 58 Degrees locations. I even kept a small locker, at the one on my side of town, as this allowed no-corkage access while dining or relaxing in the lounge. Vin Tabla went too, but that was really no great loss (staff really had 'tudes and menu/wine list was meh). Anthony's in the Catalinas, a WS Grand Award winner for years, is still going but the experience isn't what it once was. I hope we don't lose them.
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Originally posted by FL Wino Spouse:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Lost a small local one about a week ago, Emory's, burned to the ground. They're looking into arson. Shame, it was one of the few decent places north of Seattle, and my wife's favorite. Put about 50 people instantly out of work.


Sounds like Benny The Torch out for insurance money

That's always the first thing I think of, and quite often it's true. But I'm not so sure in this case, and the jury's still out. We'll probably know more in a couple weeks. It was owned by a former mayor, fwiw.
Better Half Bistro - we did not do a full offline there, but 5 or 6 of us had dinner one night. I enjoyed it. Heard bad things about the place as if it was going down hill. Good selection of half bottles and started out with $5 corkage.

EXY - Greek place that was supposed to be good.

Nicolosi's - 57 years open old school Italian restaurant.
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
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Originally posted by spo:
I know restaurants close all the time, but that is no comfort.

In my area California Cuisine closed their restaurant and our now just a catering company. I will miss their bourbon pork chop with a sweet potato gratin which reminded me of lasagna, but made out of sweet potato.

Laurel, which at one point was a sister restaurant to Wine Sellar and Brasserie, was taken over by another company is closed. Changed concept from $$$ to $$ and is still owned by the same company. Sad to see it go, although I hear the new place is good.

Lose anything in your area recently?


spo - add molly's, chive and jack's la jolla to your list. Chive has had a near constant chef turnover for years and peaked about 8-9 years ago. Molly's wasn't the same after Brian Sineott left for 1500 ocean and was doomed when the mariott opened up a Roy's. Jack's blew it by turning the fine dining room into an "Italian steak house" - it sucked after that. I am sure there are several others in the SD area that I am forgetting.


I was never impressed by Jack's I guess. My fave place in that area is Trattoria Acqua. Awesome.
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Originally posted by ElToro:
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
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Originally posted by spo:
I know restaurants close all the time, but that is no comfort.

In my area California Cuisine closed their restaurant and our now just a catering company. I will miss their bourbon pork chop with a sweet potato gratin which reminded me of lasagna, but made out of sweet potato.

Laurel, which at one point was a sister restaurant to Wine Sellar and Brasserie, was taken over by another company is closed. Changed concept from $$$ to $$ and is still owned by the same company. Sad to see it go, although I hear the new place is good.

Lose anything in your area recently?


spo - add molly's, chive and jack's la jolla to your list. Chive has had a near constant chef turnover for years and peaked about 8-9 years ago. Molly's wasn't the same after Brian Sineott left for 1500 ocean and was doomed when the mariott opened up a Roy's. Jack's blew it by turning the fine dining room into an "Italian steak house" - it sucked after that. I am sure there are several others in the SD area that I am forgetting.


I was never impressed by Jack's I guess. My fave place in that area is Trattoria Acqua. Awesome.


Funny, but Tratoria Acqua has never done it for me. I have been there several times over the years and never been impressed. Did you do the fine dining room at jack's or one of the see and be seen areas (there were 3 restaurants within one establishment). I thought that Tony did a good job in the fine dining room before they changed to the "Italian steakhouse" concept. What a shame.
Just thought of another. West Shore Bar and Grill. In Homewood. This was a VERY high end hotel and restaurant. Last two times at the cabin, the gates were closed. Don't know if it is a winter only thing, but I am suspecting not.

On the home front, the country club has stopped Sunday dinners because of low turnout, and now is serving dinner only on Friday night - and last Fridays was cancelled because of low reservations. The special events are almost always sold out though.
Just chiming in for Toronto, Canada, the fine dining scene here has been battered during this recession period. Since about 2008, we've lost a few very established highly reputed restaurants such as:

  • Susur (Susur Lee went to NYC to open Shang)
  • Truffles (at Four Seasons)
  • Perigee
  • Xacutti

And a few other established highly regarded restaurants were sold, like:

  • Splendido
  • Celestin
  • Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar
  • Crush Wine Bar (sold just this week to a hotel group)

These restaurants represented some of the city's better, if not best. We'll surely recover, but Toronto's fine dining landscape is currently a shadow of its former self.
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Originally posted by StarV100:
Stevey

I think that Jamie Kennedy and Crush are still operating though, no?


Yes they are, as is Splendido and Celestin. The 2nd list are restaurants which were sold off - i.e., operating under new ownership - and in the case of Jamie Kennedy, name changed to The Wine Bar. Another one in this category is Il Mulino which was sold last fall but still operating under same name and a different menu.
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
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Originally posted by mneeley490:
Recently lost a couple of my faves in Seattle:

Union Square Grill

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Apparently this has reopened as a Sullivan's Steakhouse, a Texas chain, I hear. Anyone have any thoughts on them?


The one in Dallas is more of a bar sceene than a restaurant. Although it is less than 2 miles from my office and house, I haven't eaten there in the last two years. Too many better steak places in Dallas... not counting my own grill.
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue

Solid, but never spectacular. Too bad. They seemed like nice people.


I got a little more information. They are closing but reopening elsewhere as a bistro and it sounds like a smaller location. Makes a lot of sense because their restaurant was nice but always had a lot of empty tables. I don't know if the menu will be the same but I think it will still be called Terra.

Red Guy, I thought they made some great steaks. They used to have a filet with chimichurri that put others to shame. When I first started eating at nice restaurants something about this place just stood out as always being worth it.
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Ed Bowers:
Oak wood Grill - Palm Beach Gardens [Recent]


Spoto's?


Spotos is still open.

John phased out the steak house and opened Water Grill. Changed the decor from a nice steak house to a modern glass oriented higher end sea food resturant. Changed the inside bar a bit to be more comfortable. Still a limited wine list.

Like stupid as he has a sea food resturant only 200 yards away. So he competes against himself. Crazy
Zen Garden near me in Mill Creek. This place had been around for years, but I just hadn't gotten around to trying it. Authentic dim sum served from 10am to 3pm. I finally tried it a couple months ago and was totally blown away by how good it was. (My family were also the only caucasians in the place, so I thought it had to be popular with the local Asian community.) The food was so good, I came back a week later for more. Then, two weeks after that, I drove by and the place was shut down!! Frown
Not a restaurant, but apparently the majority of Caribou Coffee locations in the Chicago area will be closing this coming weekend. Some will remain open, and some will be re-branded as Peet's. I'm a little sad for the folks losing their jobs. There are a couple of locatons I visit on a regular basis and the employees have been very friendly.
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Originally posted by Red guy in a blue state:
Kensington Grill. Mixed feelings as we had some great and some mediocre meals there. The owners (Urban Kitchen Group) are planning a new operation there - hopefully better.


They did have a rep for inconsistency. Can't remember if I ate there or not. Hey, I am still mad about Chive.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Not a restaurant, but apparently the majority of Caribou Coffee locations in the Chicago area will be closing this coming weekend. Some will remain open, and some will be re-branded as Peet's. I'm a little sad for the folks losing their jobs. There are a couple of locatons I visit on a regular basis and the employees have been very friendly.


This is a major bummer. Used to live in Lincoln Park and always loved the vibe and coffee of Caribou. Wife is from Omaha and they do still have a few outposts there.

Sad to see these guys not make the cut
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
More good, new spots opening than closing in Austin these days, however we live by the lake and the ongoing drought has taken the water levels so low several lakeside restaurants have closed. The food was "acceptable" but you went for the fantastic views and drinks more than anything. Sad Frown


Then it's time to head out to the Salt Lick.

Wink
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
More good, new spots opening than closing in Austin these days, however we live by the lake and the ongoing drought has taken the water levels so low several lakeside restaurants have closed. The food was "acceptable" but you went for the fantastic views and drinks more than anything. Sad Frown


Then it's time to head out to the Salt Lick.

Wink

Indeed, or to Franklin BBQ which is quickly winning me over in terms of the "best".
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:

Indeed, or to Franklin BBQ which is quickly winning me over in terms of the "best".


Four hour long lines.
I would love to try Franklin BBQ, but I would never wait for any restaurant for more than 10-20 mins. 4 hours is just crazy.

Let me know if you're in these parts GlennK and I'll see what I can do to help with an "express pass"...
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Originally posted by GlennK:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:

Indeed, or to Franklin BBQ which is quickly winning me over in terms of the "best".


Four hour long lines.
I would love to try Franklin BBQ, but I would never wait for any restaurant for more than 10-20 mins. 4 hours is just crazy.


I agree.

I think Nolan waited 3-4 hours.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Grumpy Grouper in Lantana. Always busy but a dispute over rent with the landlord forced them out. I'm really going to miss that place! Best broiled fish I've ever had.


You may still be in luck. They opened a second location in Lake Park.


1/2 hour drive. I'll go
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Originally posted by Board-O:
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Originally posted by Rothko:
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Originally posted by Board-O:
Grumpy Grouper in Lantana. Always busy but a dispute over rent with the landlord forced them out. I'm really going to miss that place! Best broiled fish I've ever had.


You may still be in luck. They opened a second location in Lake Park.


1/2 hour drive. I'll go


Where in Lake park?

There are many changes here on PGA, openings, under new management and closings are rampant. Tis the season to get the money from the snowbirds. If you don't make it in next 4 months, you are doomed.
Tampa, on 3/24 we lost our Palm Steakhouse.

Wasn't a surprise, could feel it coming for months if not years. Could have been fixed with commitment and investment from Corp. along with the right management team. Lost our go-to, "cheers' spot and some great service professionals lost their jobs.

We'll all survive…eat drink and be merry and find our respective next.
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Just read that Hot Doug's in Chicago is closing October 3.

Too much hype and hooey. Just give a good Chicago hot dog joint any day.


I don't know about that. The sauternes-infused duck sausage with the foie gras and duck fat fries were pretty spectacular. And they probably made my favorite Chicago-style dog too. I loved the place and am sad to see it go.

The owners apparently said they were tired of running a restauarant and wanted to do something else.
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Originally posted by CSM:
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Originally posted by The Old Man:
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Originally posted by CSM:
Just read that Hot Doug's in Chicago is closing October 3.

Too much hype and hooey. Just give a good Chicago hot dog joint any day.


I don't know about that. The sauternes-infused duck sausage with the foie gras and duck fat fries were pretty spectacular. And they probably made my favorite Chicago-style dog too. I loved the place and am sad to see it go.

The owners apparently said they were tired of running a restauarant and wanted to do something else.

Foie gras! Thank God I live in a state that protects us from overfeeding geese. Frown
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Originally posted by dinwiddie:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Palena, in DC. Frown

Had been there a dozen times. I hope Frank Ruta re-surfaces somewhere nearby. Soon.

PH


This was a major loss. One of the very best restaurants in DC, or for that matter, anywhere else. Here's hoping Frank Ruta shows up somewhere else that I can get to.


Have you been to Dean Gold's new place yet?

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by dinwiddie:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Palena, in DC. Frown

Had been there a dozen times. I hope Frank Ruta re-surfaces somewhere nearby. Soon.

PH


This was a major loss. One of the very best restaurants in DC, or for that matter, anywhere else. Here's hoping Frank Ruta shows up somewhere else that I can get to.


Have you been to Dean Gold's new place yet?

PH

Not yet. He got a nice write-up in the Washington Post last week.
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Originally posted by Parcival:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
Just saw Fleur de Lys is closing in SF


Love this restaurant . . . very neighborhood-y. Couple (I think) who owns it were always very welcoming

last time I was there on a Thursday night though (~5 months ago), it was not even 1/2 way filled at 7:30pm. That said, they had a great run

it was my favorite restaurant in SF... times are changing, and everything is moving towards gastronomy wonders... shame that a restaurant that was intimate, without tables placed 4 inches from each other, and served excellent food, gets lost in the shuffle.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by Parcival:
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Originally posted by Jcocktosten:
Just saw Fleur de Lys is closing in SF


Love this restaurant . . . very neighborhood-y. Couple (I think) who owns it were always very welcoming

last time I was there on a Thursday night though (~5 months ago), it was not even 1/2 way filled at 7:30pm. That said, they had a great run

it was my favorite restaurant in SF... times are changing, and everything is moving towards gastronomy wonders... shame that a restaurant that was intimate, without tables placed 4 inches from each other, and served excellent food, gets lost in the shuffle.


I still regret that FKG and I opted to go to Postrio when we were in SF for our Honeymoon (in 1997) rather than Fleur de Lys.
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Regions in Catonsville has closed. Cometspider's neighborhood.


Bummer. Offlined there several times, most recently with g-man and Mrs. g. I liked it.
What about its sister restaurant, Catonsville Gourmet?



PH


Still open. CG is accepting gift certificates from Regions.
I remember my wife and I going to Catonsville Gourmet once and meeting friends. It's a seafood and fish place for those who don't know.
I guess they have a token steak on the menu.
Anyway, my friend brings a nice vintage bottle of a red Bordeaux, I think '89 Ducru B. Worst wine food match in history.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Sad to report the demise of Cafe de Paris, in Columbia Maryland. This was the site of several offlines, and some informal dinners, and numerous personal visits by my wife and me.

I particularly remember one Bastille day, where we sang French songs to the guitar playing of the owner.
Au revoir, Erik.


I enjoyed many good meals here. I did find that the overall quality had dropped a little over the past few years. Hope the owner lands on his feet. He is a good guy.

PH
Not lost yet, but I was very upset when I recently heard the news that the original 13 Coins restaurant in Seattle, voted one of the top 5 late night restaurants in the nation by Food Network Magazine, is going to be a victim of our own brand of Urban Sprawl.
For those that don't know, the south Lake Union area, an admittedly neglected space for a few decades now, has been systematically bought up, block by block, by the likes of Paul Allen (Vulcan Enterprises) and Jeff Bezos (Amazon), in order to house and employ their legions of tech workers. The location that 13 Coins occupies has apparently been targeted for one of their high-rise projects.
Since 1967, this has been the best, and now only, 24/7 restaurant in downtown Seattle. And is now the last bastion of gracious dining in a city gone mad. I have been immersing myself in their leather, high-backed captain's chairs at the counter of the exhibition kitchen and enjoying the old-school service and vibe for well over 30 years. They will be sadly missed.
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Liu Brothers has been sold, and their last day as is will be 12/31. Frown


Allred's going to be bummed.

As I am. Been going there for lunch probably 3 times a month recently, on days when I split time in our Batavia and Carol Stream offices. D and I had dinner last week and Kevin told us about a sale in which the main chef was staying on. That deal fell through, and the other buyers are taking over everything with their own people. Bummer.
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Originally posted by billhike:
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Originally posted by thelostverse:
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Originally posted by billhike:
Liu Brothers has been sold, and their last day as is will be 12/31. Frown


Allred's going to be bummed.

As I am. Been going there for lunch probably 3 times a month recently, on days when I split time in our Batavia and Carol Stream offices. D and I had dinner last week and Kevin told us about a sale in which the main chef was staying on. That deal fell through, and the other buyers are taking over everything with their own people. Bummer.


The new owners bought everything including the name and recipes. The brothers are staying on for a time to train the new staff and teach them the recipes. The new ownership will also keep it BYO. Hopefully the new chef is a quick study.

If they replaced the kids currently serving tables, I would not be upset. I am hoping for the best.
Just learned a fabulous French restaurant here closed as of the first of the year. LaV was outstanding in many ways - cuisine, wine list, service - but as I understand it their Wine Director and some key members of the kitchen staff left for other opportunities, and rather than cut corners they shut it down. I respect them for that, but it saddens me because it was one of our favorites. Hopefully they'll resurface in Austin soon.
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Originally posted by spo:
Albie's Beef Inn. Known for it 1970s nude paintings of Pan Am flight attendants and being a total time warp.

Sounds cool. There is a place in Seattle called the Wedgwood Broiler that opened in 1965, and has changed very little since. Walk into the bar, and I swear you would believe Lyndon Johnson is still in the White House.
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Originally posted by FL Wino:
River House closed Easter Sunday

Sold place to be remodeled as a Brass Top chain. Mad explode doh bart


A real shame. The River House was a favorite of mine, ever since I was a kid. I will miss their incredible salad bar.

I thought it was going to be a Brick Top restaurant, like the one in Palm Beach. Am I wrong?
I do hope they resurface, that place was a treasure.

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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
Just learned a fabulous French restaurant here closed as of the first of the year. LaV was outstanding in many ways - cuisine, wine list, service - but as I understand it their Wine Director and some key members of the kitchen staff left for other opportunities, and rather than cut corners they shut it down. I respect them for that, but it saddens me because it was one of our favorites. Hopefully they'll resurface in Austin soon.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Bistro Blanc in the small town of Glenelg, MD is closing shortly. The Maryland gang had at least one off line there.
It is about the 4th place where we have had offlines which has closed.

Note... Glenelg is the same forwards and backwards.


The Maryland gang needs to stop closing places. Big Grin

As I said, you guys bring the black cloud with you.

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Originally posted by irwin:
Bistro Blanc in the small town of Glenelg, MD is closing shortly. The Maryland gang had at least one off line there.
It is about the 4th place where we have had offlines which has closed.

Note... Glenelg is the same forwards and backwards.


Just heard that Alchemy, in Hampden, is closing. Site of two offlines I think, including one with Wine+Art and one with Parcival;.
They have another location in Belair.
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Originally posted by irwin:
Bistro Blanc in the small town of Glenelg, MD is closing shortly. The Maryland gang had at least one off line there.
It is about the 4th place where we have had offlines which has closed.

Note... Glenelg is the same forwards and backwards.


Tersiguel's, site of the first Maryland offline, has been severely damaged in some flooding and will be closed for a bit for renovation and restoration.
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Bistro Blanc in the small town of Glenelg, MD is closing shortly. The Maryland gang had at least one off line there.
It is about the 4th place where we have had offlines which has closed.

Note... Glenelg is the same forwards and backwards.


Tersiguel's, site of the first Maryland offline, has been severely damaged in some flooding and will be closed for a bit for renovation and restoration.


As I said you guys bring the black cloud with you
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Originally posted by irwin:
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Originally posted by irwin:
Bistro Blanc in the small town of Glenelg, MD is closing shortly. The Maryland gang had at least one off line there.
It is about the 4th place where we have had offlines which has closed.

Note... Glenelg is the same forwards and backwards.


Tersiguel's, site of the first Maryland offline, has been severely damaged in some flooding and will be closed for a bit for renovation and restoration.

Been seeing the flooding on the news. Unbelievable! Is that anywhere near you, Irwin?
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Unbelievable! Is that anywhere near you, Irwin?[/QUOTE]

Near is a relative term. As the crow flies, I guess about 10 miles. It's closer to CometSpider, and Gentleman Farmer, I think.

That night we were in downtown at a restaurant. As I drove home I went through an intersection that was flooded...maybe 4 inches of water, and then, about 5 blocks later the road was closed. Baltimore is, of course, on the water, and the area I was in is a few inches above sea level. Rain flows down hill. So, I backtracked a few blocks and took a street that goes up a hill toward the center of the city, to get to higher ground, and did a bit of a detour to get home. Passed by another area that is really low (we were on an elevated highway) and saw all sorts of emergency equipment.
My first date with my wife was at a restaurant in Ellicott City in the area where the flood was. It was the predecessor of Tersiguels. That was 1982.
What was an odd coincidence is that while we were eating dinner our friends asked where we go for French food, and Tersiguel's came up in conversation. This was right around the time the flooding hit in Ellicott City.
Our basement got an inch or so of water, but the wine racks are elevated.
Lolita's Lust on the Danforth, here in Toronto just closed down due to landlord issues. After 20 years.

Good food, cheap corkage and great people. Our go to for a casual dinner with a nice bottle of wine.

Not sure what's going on on the Danforth these days, but businesses are closing at an alarming rate. So many vacancies and some great businesses moving out of the hood. A real shame.