Bistro Verdu Closing
Owner/chef Mike Ruiz has announced that Bistro Verdu in Montrose is closing this weekend. Last dinner service is this Sunday, June 24. I think there were a few detractors amongst the Hounds, but this spot has been a local favorite of ours for a few years, so it's sad to see it go. He's looking for a new location, but hasn't settled on anything yet (at least not that he's willing to announce).
I also hate to see it go, though I must admit that after the initial excitement a few years ago, we haven't gone very frequently of late. The plates all began to seem the same after a while. Passing by the place occasionally, I would have to say that not many others go frequently, either. Maybe the formula of good chefs opening inexpensive restaurants in underserved suburbs isn't such a sure thing after all.
I wouldn't joke about such a thing. Ruiz himself sends out email newsletters occasionally, and this morning's brought the dire news: "This weekend marks the 'end for now' of Bistro Verdu. We are so thankful for all of our loyal customers and friends who have been dining here for almost 4 years now. We have had a great time getting to know all of you and we are thankful for your business and support. As many of you know, we are working on a new location and hope to have news soon."
As for your gift certificate, if you don't get to Verdu this weekend, it's not a total loss. In the same email, Ruiz also said, "Later this summer we will be opening our new retail/take out food shop, Ingredients. Location is 1 block north on Verdugo in Montrose. We will offer a selection of artisan foods both domestic and imported, including a large selection of cheeses, spices from around the globe and prepared small bites... Any unused Bistro Verdu gift certificates will honored at the store."
I just talked to Heather and she told me all the news too...I hadn't checked my newsletter email address in weeks...that'll teach me not to keep up.
My boyfriend is gonna come back from San Diego a day earlier so we can have our last horrah in that cute space...many lovely dates we have enjoyed there...even Valentines Day...such yummy memories.
Can't wait to check out the new store.