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Feenie's no more

  • fmed Mar 7, 2008 09:53 AM
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It was inevitable with Rob Feenie's "departure" from Lumiere/Feenie's. The current owner David Sidoo has laid off his staff and is closing the restaurant for renovations.

To be perfectly honest, I was never a fan of Feenie's food...so it is personally not a big loss for me. These days in Vancouver, there so many great restaurants that offer a far greater value than Lumiere ever did (with the same level of quality and service, IMO).

Still...I guess one could say that this is the end of an era.

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  1. Letting him go was a dumb idea from a business point of view...now the "owner" will pay the price....Should have kept him around that way just on the "name" alone the place would have generated interest for a few years.....

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    1. re: Pollo

      I don't think Sidoo really had a choice. The breakup got so much press that it would have hurt him to stay in business as a "Feenie". He might have a line on the next superstar chef. Let's wait and see.

    2. The owners have just announced a partnership with Daniel Boulud
      The rumour mill has it that Feenie's will be renamed db Moderne Bistro

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      1. re: starlady

        dB Bistro Moderne Vancouver according to the Globe & Mail. I'm very curious.

        1. re: waver

          I guess that "fits". A West coast location for the more ,,,at least as compared with his other restaurants... casual bistro concept he started with his New York city place.

          1. re: waver

            Hmm. It's a chain restaurant (albeit a highend one). I've never eaten at one, so I'll reserve comment.

            1. re: waver

              My bad :) Close though!

              1. re: waver

                One has to wonder how someone who has (according to the Globe story) 7 other places as well as his flagship resto in NYC will manage things. I doubt he will be there much other than as a "name"; at least when Rob started out you got Rob (often) cooking your dinner.

            2. I wonder if the Sidoo's will be able to get staff back, they've had a hard time holding on to managers and FOH staff. It'll be interesting to watch.

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              1. re: starlady

                Didn't Feenie mentor under Boulud at Daniel? Strange irony.

              2. don't think feenie spent anytime there, but thomas haas sure did before returning here

                1. An update:
                  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

                  1. Another update (this is turning into the Boulud Watch Thread):
                    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servle...

                    They ar taking out the Tasting Bar.

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                    1. re: fmed

                      :( I will miss the butternut squash ravioli with truffle-butter sauce...