Woke up, fell out of bed…
I heard the news today, oh boy. About some unlucky restaurants who couldn’t make the grade. And though the news was rather sad. Well, I just had to sigh, I saw the signs.
Signs of these Economic Times
Aun Deli Cafe: Just Closed.
Siena Ristorante: Closed on January 18th.
My experiences with the above says Pasadena is losing quality food. While with some other places I have no idea how they continue to live on!
With Aun, it was open two years. Owner/chef, Yuki, told me two months ago she was gonna close. Why? Spouse getting a new job out of the country. And, this tough economy. This was not another Japanese sushi or tempura house. Quality ingredients & preparation in a small, casual hole in the wall next door to the Ice House Comedy House. Aun Deli received positive reviews in blog & paper.
Siena was open less than a year. Right next door to Bren Art Wine Bar & Restaurant. Although it was already one of the very best Italian in Pasadena, it didn’t appear very good in drawing in many customers, and “the current economic climate,” was the final blow. Siena wasn’t just another red saucy Italian joint. I was pleasantly suprised when I first ate at Siena, and each time following. Yet, while walking in Old Pasadena on the 21st I seem to recall seeing the chef and his restaurant still open on the 21st?!
Add these to my posts last year on restaurant closings, Wheatberry and Metropolitan Coffee & Tea. They turned off their lights last May and remain dark & vacant today. There are other biz closings you can find around town or any town.
I read the news today, oh boy. Four thousand closing business signs on doors. And, though the signs were rather large, they had to count them all. Now they know how many lives it takes to fill the unemployment halls.
Restaurants are especially susceptible to closings. Personal & finicky tastes of customers & high competition for a start. From a distance it looks like an appealing business to get into. Certainly to eat in. But to run, & run profitably is a…well, I don’t know how to put it. Let’s just say even with my experience I don’t ever want to own & manage a restaurant. And, if I we’re also the chef-owner – forget it!
I heard the news today, oh girl. Nine point three percent unemployment rate in the state. Oh, and L.A. County at Ten percent. And, though the rates will reach greater heights, this doggy tail is already down.
Life is a series of hello’s and goodbyes…