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Modesto in Asheville closing?

I understand from a friend of a friend that Modesto's backer backed out and the restaurant is closed. What a tragedy...I hear it had fabulous potential.

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  1. wow, yikes....I wonder what happened - that's only been about 2 months for them. It is dicey to open up a restaurant here in the fall and then try and make it through the winter.
    I'll have to check out my sources.

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    1. re: leahinsc

      Oh yes, Leah - do check your sources, I'm very curious. I wonder if by "backer" the OP means Hector or Hector's group of investors.

      I also wonder what this means for the planned restaurant next door. Hector took over the lease from the people next door.

      1. re: mark

        mark, thanks for this. I wonder if other Grove Arcade establishments were similarly affected.

      2. The Asheville Citizen is reporting that the closing is only temporary and is due to an "electrical issue."

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        1. re: Jeff C.

          mark and Jeff, thank you for providing not only the correct info about Modesto, but the interesting links at the bottom of the page.

          I could not resist "Savoy offers best culinary experience imaginable". I daresay, even for people who enjoy Savoy,one of which I am not, that would be pretty strong hyperbole. Maybe the reviewer just doesn't have a vivid imagination.

          Anyhow, I couldn't resist the link. I see that Asheville's newpaper food reviewers are as bad as Greenville's. The reviewer sent back his fish to get it well done. sigh. And now Savoy is not just Italian, but "neocosmopolitan" and "world-view". They served duck confit spring rolls. Oh God, my eyes hurt from rolling back in my head.

          Sorry, I guess I'm off topic now ;-)

        2. Interesting review in local paper...
          http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbc...
          this won't help the restaurant's chances

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          1. re: leahinsc

            that's an interesting review, with some of which I agree, other parts I disagree strongly. I'm amazed he liked the pizza crust. I think it is the weakest aspect of the whole restaurant. Actually, I think the pizzas in their entirety are weak.

            I loved the Bolognese, which he found flat.

            Everyone does seem to be in agreement that the place has lots of potential, but is not firing on all cylinders. I think Hector needs to supervise the kitchen for a while.

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