Ever had a favorite restaurant close on you?

  1. I don't know about you, but it's happened to me multiple times.

    In the 80's our family would always go to this one Italian restaurant before grocery shopping. We went there every week for several years and knew all the staff. Then one day we went there at it was closed, never found out why. It later became a Chinese restaurant and then a bank.

    Ten years later something similar happened. We had a favorite Chinese restaurant, the old fashioned kind with the paper lamps and high-backed leather booths. It's a place we would take friends and family visiting from out of town, and had been around since the 70s. Then one day we went there and it was in the process of becoming a candle store. The owner had retired. It's gone through several mutations since.

    A few years later something similar happened when I lived in Madison. I had a favorite coffee shop, a locally owned place that my parents had discovered when they were there visiting my sister and BIL. The owner was nice, the location was good, and it never got crowded like Starbucks. But just before I moved back to Chicago the owner retired, and now it's a pizza place.

    I have some favorite restaurants now...but given my history I'm not sure how much longer they'll be around...
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   TazziRN
    Oh yeah.......it's a bummer, because you usually find out when your mouth is watering for something off the menu!
  4. by   muffie
    yeah it stinks
  5. by   happydays352
    No but I had one change management and go into the toliet. It was the best thai and at great prices. Now their food is bland, though the decor is better.
  6. by   Joe NightingMale
    I had a similar situation...a restaurant closed for a few months and changed locations. Now it's decor is more bland and the food is overcooked.
  7. by   deeDawntee
    Oh Man!! I hear ya! My friends and I had this Joe's Crab Shack that we loved and it CLOSED! There is a couple of others around but they are way out of the way. A major bummer.... the place had the perfect atmosphere, fruity drinks and decent food...we loved it.
  8. by   donsterRN
    Fred and I would joke about how we always ended up being the kiss of death for a restaurant!

    When we were in Florida, it never failed. We'd go to a new place, love the food and the staff, tell all our friends, make plans to go again or take guests or meet up with a crowd and BAM! Closed tighter than a drum. Happened at least 6 times in the 8 years we were there.

    Since moving back to the northland 2 1/2 years ago, it's happened twice.

    I'm going to have to increase my repertoire of dishes to cook, because I'll not be allowed in a restaurant if word gets out...
  9. by   TheCommuter
    When I was living in my hometown of Oxnard, California, my family and I would frequently order take-out food from a specific Mexican restaurant. The place was an old hole-in-the-wall located in a seedy section of downtown, but the food was delicious and the prices were dirt cheap. A one-pound burrito would cost only $2, and it was stuffed to the brim with meat and other tasty fixings.

    The place suddenly closed about 5 years ago, with no prior warning. I went there one day, and a note was posted in the window that thanked the customers. Since the rents and leasing costs were skyrocketing in this particular part of California during that time period, I strongly suspect the owners of the restaurant could no longer afford the monthly lease payments for the business space. By the way, this place had been in service since 1976.