You’ll have to wait until next week for my El Bulli travelogue—there are just too many absurdities taking place in our own backyard since I returned home from Morocco, I can’t ignore them another second. As my wife’s buddy Val is fond of saying, “Time for hodgepodge.”
Au revoir . . . .Louis XIII has closed its doors, and the sign posted on its entrance-way earlier in the week read, “Louis XIII as a concept has failed, and we are forced to close our doors . . .” . . .C’mon now, Louis!?!?!? This restaurant failed for more reasons than concept; very few restaurants with bad concepts fail, most bad concepts succeed, actually. IT’S POOR EXECUTION that closes restaurants. And the idea that someone else or something else is ‘forcing’ anything is absurd. I hate to see any eatery close its doors, but we can’t ignore the fact that like so many businesses—food establishments or other types—expansion can be deadly if you have no organization to execute and a committed and loyal following of regular customers. I hate to throw down the Icarus card, but Louis flew too high, too fast, with the wrong equipment. It will be fascinating to see if Fhima can keep his Minneapolis concept alive in the coming months, and if he can get it open it will be a testament to his outstanding skills as a salesman and his exceedingly high charm quotient. But he’ll have to learn about execution if he wants to make a go of it in the new spot.
Have a great weekend, I am off to the City and Regional Magazine Awards in Boston . . . .I will be eating at San Tarpios, Shabu-Zen, Jumbo Seafood, Oleana, The Butcher Shop, B & G Oyster, and stuffing as many of my buddy Mike’s sausage and broccoli rabe heroes down my throat as I can handle. Fuhgeddaboutit!