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Maritime East Closing

Went by Maritime East for burgers tonight (Friday 9/5) and they had signs up saying it would be their last night. I'm not that surprised, all of the times I have stopped in it has never been more than half full. I will miss having such a good burger in the neighborhood though.

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  1. Well, damn. Though the last time we went there, we ended up leaving after appetizers because they were out of most of the seafood entrees.

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    Maritime East
    2826 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Damn it! Why is that spot the kiss of death?

    2. Damn it. I liked that place.

      1. Count me among the disappointed-but-not-surprised. I regret not discovering them until so late in the game.

        1. Closing as in closing, or closing as in re-conceptualizing themselves and opening
          again? Because it was only a couple of weeks ago they seemed to change the
          name to "Maritime" and painted over the clown-pajama striped front with all
          black and put up a clean new steel sign saying just Maritime. It felt like they
          were heading somewhere other than out to sea.

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          1. re: Chuckles the Clone

            Closed as in the answering machine message says, "we will not be reopening."

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              I walked by today and the signs say "closed for remodeling". But the phone message, as you note, is a tad more bleak.

          2. Not suprising indeed, as the last time we were there, a friday was half empty. Our first meal was brilliant, second good, last a couple of weeks ago seemed off and the place was very quiet.

            It's close to home, I was hoping they'd do well, but the weitd rendition of the interior didn't bode well..

            1. Truly one of the Bay Area's doomed restaurant locations. Plenty of great places, but nothing has stuck since Casa de Eva closed.

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              1. re: lexdevil

                Zax Tavern reportedly closed due to conflicts among the owners rather than any lack of business. The place was always busy.

                1. re: lexdevil

                  That location is an odd one. It might have survived if the economy was better and it had time to create a destinational pull and fan base.

                2. Former owner of Zax here. Yes, their were partnership "issues", but our last 4 months (We closed on Aug. 25, 2007) were pretty dismal, money-wise. We were dependent on the UC for much of our biz, so after Memorial Day and past Labor day; slim pickin's. That section of Telegraph is no man's land. Not much foot traffic to speak of, so we became a "destination" spot in the middle of Berkeley!! The space itself is beautiful and the kitchen is any chef's wet-dream. We even doused the place with holy water from Lourdes (I kid you not...) to banish the demons left by Mazzini et. al., but to no avail. Hope someone can make it there....

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                  1. re: adamshoe

                    Adam, how about you open a new place already.

                    1. re: Scott M

                      Think I'll try something slightly less worrisome; say, being a correctional officer at a maximum security prison....Adam