No more Uzbeki food
This should not come as a shock to anyone, but Samarkand Cafe on Fields Ertel has closed. It served lots of lamb and pilaf... I admittedly had takeout there once and never felt the urge to go back. (I could never get my friends to agree that greasy lamb dishes were a good idea for a meal).
A new sign hangs above the door at 8697 Fields Ertel Road, reading NEW EUROPE MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT, and a sign on the door reads OPENING SOON. So we'll see what happens there.
Across town, in White Oak, the Chili Company on Cheviot Road has in fact closed. It had a short-lived re-birth (I think it opened in February after having been closed more than a decade). The sign outside now reads FOR LEASE.
Restaurants ebb and flow in these parts. There's a lot more new spots coming soon...