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Tuesday, November 13, 2007


I was a little surprised to hear that the Encore Bistros were closing, because I thought they'd gotten on track. But with a little reflection, not so surprised. There was some weird dealings with Paul Sturkey where he basically lost control of his own restaurant and own name, which was all very secret, so I can't explain it. There was bad management, and really bad food for awhile. It's hard for a restaurant, let alone a small restaurant chain, to go through that many changes and come out OK. Too bad. The basic concept---good, thoughtful food with all the trappings that make suburban chains successful--was a really good one. Those are some nice properties available. I hope someone figures out a good new use for them.


at 2:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Encore owed about a million gazillion to the banks that couldn't be paid... Sturkey had a nice thing going with Sturkeys. Greed led him down this road. I know he sold out of Encore---but only sort of. Per the Cinti Business Courier, his signature is on the loan documents.
These restauranteurs that have a good place, then decide they need 10 good places, then screw the whole mess up by overextending--I just don't get it.
Do one. Do it right. Enjoy your work. Leave the ulcers to someone else.

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