A nice post by Ken Levine on the closing of one of his favorite restaurants.
He poses the question "is it too weird to mourn the passing of a restaurant?," a question to which I would reply "absolutely not."
Think of the great memories and meals that you associate with restaurants. In Sacramento, just off the top of my head, I can think of some late, lamented eateries:
- Chuck's Steak House. Of course I'm biased since I worked there for four years, but it really was a great steak restaurant. There is still one located in Waikiki, and when we were there four years ago, we made sure to have dinner there one night. I ordered my favorite, the Teriyaki Steak/Chicken Combo. Still the best Bleu Cheese salad dressing I've ever had in my life.
- Ken's Red Barn. A place we went often when I was a kid. I always had spaghetti.
- Alhambra Fuel & Transportation. Why this sticks in my head 25 years later I have no idea, but I remember a wonderful lemon chicken that I ate there one night with my then girlfriend, soon to be wife Debra.
- Wulff's. A classic French restaurant, the perfect "special occasion" place.
- Coral Reef. In the 1970s, this was the place to take your date on prom night. Great Chinese food, and as I learned later, great tropical drinks - including one that was served in a glass as big as a fishbowl.
- D.O. Mills. A great place in Old Sacramento.
And heck, that's just off the top of my head. So yes...if a restaurant you love closes, you should definitely mourn it.