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Friday, March 09, 2007

Restaurant Bermuda Triangles

I ate at the new Pho Paris recently (the review will be in Weekend on the 16th). This Vietnamese-French fusion restaurant moved from its original Oakley spot, which was originally Andiamo!, into its new spot, which was originally Scalea's and then Bistro 318 and then the Continental Lounge. (Am I forgetting one?) I think it's brave of Jean-Robert de Cavel to move into a space that has been unsuccessful for others, though I'm glad he did. It's a great space, and I love that block, so it's seems like a good move. I guess there are spots that are intrinsically bad locations, and others that just coincidentally house several unsuccessful tries. But there could be some kind of metaphysical jinx, and that's what makes the next tenant brave. (It's an old block; ghosts are a possibility)

I think the two restaurant addresses that I have visited the most often over the last decade are the one in Harper's Point that was Ciao Baby, then I think an Elliot Jablonsky spot I don't remember the name of at the moment, then Ferrari's, then Restaurant for about ten minutes. (I'm sure I'm forgetting one now) It didn't seem like a bad location, so I think someone had definitely hexed it--it's hard to imagine ghosts in a suburban shopping center (Bad feng shui is my other hypothesis) The other is the place in Covington on Madison that was a Cuban restaurant and di John's and Pelican's Reef and Razzberry's. I wonder what location holds the record?

Then there are those restaurants in weird locations that do well anyway. I never thought the Eastern Avenue location of A'meretto would work, and it didn't. But now it's Bella Luna, and it seems to be doing well, thank you, still dishing up Italian.


at 12:51 PM Anonymous brando315 said...

There are rumors around that the Claddagh Irish Pub in Deerfield Twp will be closing after St. Patrick's Day. Along with the closing of Macaroni Grill, and Red Star Tavern. It was my opinion (hope) that the Deerfield Town Center would be great for restaurants. Perhaps another Bermuda Triangle instead?

at 8:42 AM Blogger Rick said...

Deerfield Towne Center is a puzzler. Perhaps people are just sick to death of chains? I know I am...

Polly, I think that Restaurant was only open for, umm, 7 minutes??!!
I would love to know the story there... I have NEVER seen a place open and shut so quickly.

at 12:13 PM Anonymous brando315 said...

Evidently, the closing of the Claddagh Irish Pub in Deerfield may not be related to the location. I've also heard that the Claddagh at Newport on the Levee is closing soon as well...

at 3:41 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the Claddagh Pubs are closing it might be related to the various lawsuits that are flying around concerning the corporation. It would be a shame & a big loss for the Levy.

at 1:07 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for Restaurant, I know that J. had intense financial difficulties, and likely opened with arrogance, but not adequate financing.

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