With all the news about the new D'Amico Kitchen at the Chambers, it might be a good time to share something I got in my e-mail the other day. Check out these pix of the closing night at Cucina. (Go to Ciao Cucina under Portfolios.) Great stuff.
I have been playing around with an iPhone and came up with a unique app anyone else doing this? I take a photo of my fridge, then go to the supermarket and buy what I don’t see in the picture. I love this.
Parasole’s Kip Clayton sent me a note yesterday. He said Figlio has had “between five and six million guest visits over 25 years so you can see why it’s time for a remodel” and “that we’re celebrating Figlio memories on our current specials menu and on our current Facebook page.” I think he thinks, as do some readers, that I am a) not a fan of Figlios and b) that I implied in my last blog that its makeover is unwelcome. Both cases are far from the truth. I do think that the idea is kitschy fun, and I was poking a little wink (nice grammar huh?) at the “remembrances” idea, which I would also do if I owned the place. Based on the Chino ad campaigns and the penchant around Parasole offices for naughtiness, I would hope we see some creative lunacy from them as the year moves onward.
Bellanotte has officially closed. My comments in these pages generated a lot of good conversation, especially on Stewart Woodman’s blog, a site I frequent because I like his take on food matters. He’s a bright guy and his writing makes for a great read. My position on saying that B was going to close before it finally closed was simply because I knew it was. Everyone knew it but the general public, and frankly, with big downtown restaurants closing right and left these days, and with Block E losing traction faster than garter snake in a rainstorm, that kind of story is worth telling. The owners group was/is a fascinating collection of characters, including the owners of several other popular eateries and even Denny Hecker for Pete’s sake! What’s more, on a certain level it’s a “live by the sword die by the sword” issue.
B made a big fuss about itself in its pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. It always suffered from a painfully odd form of deluded narcissism, and they thought they were a lot better than they were from a food/service standpoint. It died at a young age, and restaurants that seek the limelight only when things are spinning their way misunderstand the age we live in. In an era of tweets, bings, IMs, and whatever else is instantaneously available, if you don’t want to see your name in print in good times and bad, pick another business to go into.