Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The blizzard blows off business for many (but not all) area restaurants

Posted By on Tue, Feb 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

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Even Chubby's was closed on Tuesday night.

In Brookside, the manager at Avenues Bistro made the call to close -- for Tuesday night -- after lunch this afternoon. A block away, Celina Tio posted her decision to close Julian for the night on Tuesday on her restaurant's Facebook page. (The answering-machine message continued to announce that the venue was closed on Monday, January 31.)

The blizzard of 2011 was not only frightening off diners but also restaurant owners.

Tio wrote, on the Julian Facebook page, that she was closing to keep her crew safe.

That was the same rationale that the Capitol Grille restaurant on the Country Club Plaza used to make the call to close tonight: "This is the first time in ten years that this restaurant had to close because of the weather conditions," says manager Geordie Pollock. "We don't like to do that. We want to be the beacon of light for any hungry customer. But we don't want our staff out in this weather."

Most of the restaurants I contacted today didn't change their phone messages to add a comment about closing due to the weather. They simply closed. Even LC's Barbecue on Blue Parkway closed early -- at 3:30 p.m.

"It's a historic day," says Linda Rostenberg, longtime publicist for the Bo Lings restaurant group. "I have never known Richard Ng (the owner of the Bo Lings restaurants) to close all six restaurants because of the weather."

What about hotel restaurants? Don't they have a captive audience? Indeed: The Raphael Hotel's Chaz on the Plaza is open for business tonight. Ditto the InterContinental's Oak Room Restaurant (until 9 p.m. even!) and Lilly's Restaurant in the downtown Marriott Hotel on 12th Street.

And if you don't want to drive home, you can simply check in.

 

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