good call on that one.George Hejna wrote: ↑April 30th, 2020, 1:30 pmThe Aviary in NYC closed permanently. It is possible some of this is from there.Michael Klein wrote: ↑April 30th, 2020, 12:42 pmstarting to feel like wave two of closure/reopening/inventory sell off is underway. between aviary/alinea selling all their old/expensive whiskey & fat rice permanently closing (or changing), its been a strange week.
I am very sorry for everyone in this business. Really. I just can't even fathom.
Very interesting NYT article about Fat Rice:
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/dini ... virus.html
Scary blowouts on wine do seem to have tapered off, but news like fat rice not re-opening scares the crap out of me.
Not to take this too far, but i really fear for the whole industry. I really wonder if we saw the restaurant bubble during lets say 2005-2020, especially somewhere like chicago. I just dont know how places like Giant (one of my last meals pre-covid) will ever make it back.
Do they completely re-concept?
Tasting menu for way more $$$?
More to go/delivery to complement likely less capacity for dining in?
When will anyone in their right mind open a pure, tasting menu driven restaurant?
I could keep going. I hope things just go back to how they were before, but I truly don't see sardine packed dining rooms, communal seating, and more.... ever returning.