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.