Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cafe 86

We'd planned to run a not-very-complimentary review of Cafe 36 in the Fine Arts Center on Friday.

But we got word today that the chef was on the way out.

OK, do we run a negative review of a restaurant that's about to lose its chef?

We decided that wouldn't serve readers. Instead, I'll write about the decision, as well as our hopes for what should be in that lovely space.

What's the deal with restaurants with great views? They never get or keep great chefs.

The old Fish Market on the bluffs over Bijou. The Sunbird. It seems like these restaurants with the best views often run without great chefs.

Of course, there are exceptions: The Pepper Tree and The Margarita come to mind.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard it was bad. But I'd love to see what Nathaniel wrote. Can u put it on the blog. I bet he was really funny.

6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would love to see the original...please?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

you got it

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Bruce S. Calder said...

You both really made this personal.....to what end I'm not sure....
You are truly crass and ignorant of the situation. Your humor is inappropriate and misguided.
Please read my comment to both reviews at the comment section of the original review that was not published.
See you around ...

8:26 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Mr. Calder,
If we'd made this personal, it would have been because we know you personally and we're taking pot shots that have something to do with that personal relationship.
No, to us, cooking at a restaurant is a public art -- like theater -- and we reserve the right to act as a consumer advocate, telling readers what we like and what we don't. That's not personal, any more than our review of The Ritz -- which talked about how the menu wasn't nearly up to level of its chef -- was personal.
Maybe readers will weigh in and tell us they disagree with our critic's opinion, and that's great. We'd love to get a more substantive discussion here about the quality of the food.

12:21 PM  

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