Well, after the September we’ve all had, I can only hope that the usual round of restaurant closings that we see every January (Typically restaurants operating only on fumes find a way to keep going through what, for most, is the busiest time of the year, pulling the plug right after the holidays.) doesn’t begin sooner.
Tor Westgaard has bought out Aaron Johnson and Tim Niver at Town Talk Diner, and there are rumors the restaurant is for sale. Johnson is waiting lunch tables at Mission as well as manning the bar at Strip Club, where partner Niver can be found as well. Johnson told us that Westgaard is planning to go to graduate school while he was just looking to simplify his life and reduce his work hours to be a better dad. Johnson is also doing a bit of consulting and says he and Niver continue to partner and plan on pursuing other ventures when the time is right.
Any thoughts from the thundering herd on what other hot spots might be changing hands or shuttering the doors? With national numbers signaling a huge downturn in disposable income, real numbers reflecting decreases in both restaurant visits and check averages on a national level, and the continuing financial crisis, any eateries on the bubble for the last year may not make it through the next ninety days. Very sad.