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mikek Apr 8, 2008 05:29 PM

My roommate got a call this afternoon letting him know to look for another reservation for when his family comes in town, as Mark's is closing. Sounds like the economy got to them.

  1. Frodnesor Apr 8, 2008 08:55 PM

    The place has always sort of flown under the radar and never exactly been a hot reservation, even though I've always found the food to be very good. Truth is I've only infrequently gone myself as well.

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      jessierandall Apr 9, 2008 06:14 PM

      Aw, this is a shame and I feel somewhat guilty. I liked the food but would typically only go once a year. Something about the location made the place less interesting and memorable.

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        tpigeon Apr 9, 2008 07:42 PM

        +1 what a shame though...

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      clickthese Apr 12, 2008 02:15 PM

      FYI all the Mark's are closing. The investors have pulled the plug.

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        lax2mia Apr 12, 2008 08:25 PM

        Whoa.

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          The Chowfather AKA sobe Apr 13, 2008 07:06 AM

          You certain he is closing the Las Olas restaurant?

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            dmo305 Apr 14, 2008 03:46 PM

            Las Olas and the Boca location are to remain open according to the Miami New Times...
            JessieRandall you got quoted in the piece LOL.

            http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptid...

            1. re: dmo305
              CFByrne May 2, 2008 04:55 AM

              "Las Olas restaurant becomes third in Mark's group to close in recent weeks - Group recently shut down two other sites"
              By Jaclyn Giovis - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
              10:15 PM EDT, May 1, 2008

              Mark's Las Olas, a Fort Lauderdale foodie favorite since 1994, unexpectedly went out of business Thursday.

              (more...)

              sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-flzmarks0502sbmay02,0,6656295.story

              1. re: CFByrne
                Frodnesor May 2, 2008 05:16 AM

                Quote from Militello from the article: "This whole thing is so unimportant".

                Surprisingly insensitive thing to say for someone who just put dozens of people out of work. Probably pretty important to them.

                1. re: Frodnesor
                  blisskat May 2, 2008 02:12 PM

                  Agreed - see my reply to the entire post:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50751...

                2. re: CFByrne
                  RickL May 2, 2008 03:12 PM

                  Did anyone else think it's strange that the Boca location features "sushi offerings by Roy Villaicrusis" and that they're planning on reopening the Las Olas location as a sushi restaurant as well?

                  From the article - "The owner is working on a concept for that [Las Olas Boulevard] location," Zerboni said. Those plans likely will include sushi by Villaicrusis, she said, though Freundlich "wants to make sure the quality and execution of the sushi is flawless" at the Mizner Park location before opening a new Fort Lauderdale restaurant."

                  According to the article Freundlich is the Managing Partner of Mark's restaurant group. If he plans to turn Mark's into sushi restaurants featuring Villaicrusis then where does Mark Militello fit?

                  Has anyone heard about a falling out among the partners? It might explain Militello's "unimportant" quote.

          2. CFByrne Apr 14, 2008 06:07 PM

            I used to see Miletello all the time at Calypso in Pompano. I was a hard-core regular in early to mid 90's. He lived nearby and he'd come in for a snack at 4 in the afternoon before heading to his place on Las Olas. It was foodie heaven with him, Chuck or Mike, and myself sitting at the counter talking about which small town in Maine had the world's best scallops... and similar things that don't excite most normal people.

            I hope his places stay open... I don't go as often as I should but now perhaps I will.

            In 1995 I went to Emerils in New Orleans, he had been in FL for an event a year earlier and knew Mark. I had told Mark I was going, So I'm at a table with some friends and Em walks by and I go "Mark Miletello says Hi".

            Emeril stopped and we chatted SoFla food for about 5 minutes!

            1. blisskat May 2, 2008 02:10 PM

              My husband got a job at Mark's SoBe about a month before they closed, worked 7 days/week for them when their other new server for the new breakfast/lunch service didn't work out and STILL has not received his final paycheck from there for two weeks of work.

              VERY shady & disappointing considering Mark's good rep up until now.

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                jessierandall May 2, 2008 07:54 PM

                dmo, thanks for the heads up! My guilt has apparently been immortalized.

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