Col Legno closure
Col Legno was our go to place near the public theatre (or just for great reasonably priced food) for about eighteen years. We're devastated that it closed, but it was clear that the owner (Chris) was no longer having fun, even though the food was delicious to the end. It was indeed a lease renewal with a huge increase that encouraged him to close. It's one of those restaurants that we will miss and mourn for years.
I think the rent rises in the last few years have been startling, and it's an increasing struggle for straightforward neighborhood places to survive. Everyone seems to need a gimmick. I read on some boards about "cocktail programs" at new restaurants and I want to cry.