Garden @ Eleven... closed once more
So it seems the newly re-envisioned Garden @ Eleven (formerly Eleven, formerly Ninth Gate) at Jarvis and Front is closed once more. I walked by today and noticed it looked shuttered. On closer investigation I found a notice on the door stating that the restaurant was locked and all contents were being seized by the landlord because the tenant owed $75,000 in unpaid rent. Ouch.
Perhaps the final chapter in the short yet rocky history of this restaurant? My sole lunch there was decent, but I never got a chance to return for dinner after Pat Riley was announced as the new chef...
Wife and I had a fantastic meal there about two weeks ago - with Pat Riley at the helm. Just happy we got to go at least once.
Wondering if it's the location that's cursed or the owners....with all the chains in the area, especially down on the Espenelade (sp), and all the bars/pubs, it was nice to have something original in the area.
I think somethings has to do with Steve Lee, he was a partner in Ninth Gate (Didn't work), Eleven (Didn't work and Garden @ Eleven (Didn't work.)
I just feel bad for Pat Riley for getting involved at such an obvious bad situation so late. Especially coming from Perigee to Eleven. It seemed weird to me at the time.
I went a few weeks ago as well when Riley was in the kitchen. It was good value and definitely a place I would consider repeating.
Any bets on where he'll end up now?