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Feenie's no more

fmed Mar 7, 2008 09:53 AM

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.

  1. Pollo Mar 7, 2008 11:49 AM

    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
      fmed Mar 7, 2008 12:24 PM

      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. starlady Mar 8, 2008 05:20 PM

      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
        waver Mar 8, 2008 06:54 PM

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

        1. re: waver
          Bob Mac Mar 9, 2008 07:28 AM

          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
            fmed Mar 9, 2008 08:24 AM

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

            1. re: waver
              starlady Mar 9, 2008 04:13 PM

              My bad :) Close though!

              1. re: waver
                J and V Mar 9, 2008 05:08 PM

                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. starlady Mar 9, 2008 04:13 PM

              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
                fmed Mar 9, 2008 08:04 PM

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

              2. v
                vandan Mar 9, 2008 08:35 PM

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

                1. fmed Mar 10, 2008 10:44 AM

                  An update:

                  1. fmed Mar 14, 2008 09:44 AM

                    Another update (this is turning into the Boulud Watch Thread):

                    They ar taking out the Tasting Bar.

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                    1. re: fmed
                      twinkienic Mar 15, 2008 08:34 AM

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

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