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Nov 24, 2008 06:34 PM

Bastide closed (gasp)

As per the LA Times' food blog. They're going to "re-conceive."

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  1. I heard they were going to close at the end of the year but I guess lack of business finally caught up to Joe Pitka.

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    1. re: Eastcoast foods nob

      Don't let Joe catch you misspelling his name - it's Pytka - I've seen him fire folks for less...

    2. what other concept can they pull off but high-end? maybe sit-down Mexican.....

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      1. re: Adsvino

        How about drive-thru high-end prix-fixe ... all 12 courses plated and served in an egg carton to go?

        1. re: ipsedixit

          that sounds awesome, how about some terrine de foie gras tacos, sweetbread egg rolls, and spaghetti with kobe beef bolognese sauce, and for dessert, soft serve with bittersweet butterscotch sauce.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Hilarious....I love that idea and it might just work in S Cal!

            1. re: Adsvino

              I recently heard that an upscale Mexican might be in the works with some celeb chefs.. Just a rumor though.
              Bastide called me a few minutes ago to cancel my reso for 2 weeks from now. The French man on the phone did not give much info, just that it was closed and he did not know when it would reopen. Too bad, I was looking forward to that meal.

            2. hmmm... Chapter 4 from the Emperor Has New Clothes.

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              1. re: Local

                Yep and there certainly are a few of them out there...
                It will be fascinating, and mostly likely very sad for some, to see how many more struggle/fail with this economy.
                Driving by many of them, at peak lunch/dinner hours, it's shocking to see how many are open with no customers.

              2. A shame. Shoemaker was really coming into his own as a chef, and the food the last couple of times I was there was finally as extraordinary as the wine. But it was clear that the restaurant as constituted wasn't making money - even full, there seemed to be two employees for every customer - and there is only so long Pytka could be expected to subsidize his toy.

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                1. re: condiment

                  darn, the la times critic just reviewed it and it sounded pretty good, none of that weird stuff, but just great food, and they also just added a wine bar, how could they close so soon?

                2. I am glad I got in to experience a meal last spring. In this economy, if it ain't populist, I cannot see it surviving.

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                  1. re: lotta_cox

                    It appears Paperfish just bit the dust...
                    What is it with that location?

                    1. re: lotta_cox

                      Everyone always thinks they have a winner when they open their new restaurant...if they paid attention to the stats on first year failures they'd probably never open one.
                      Even in the greatest economy restaurants come and go in this great state.
                      How long was Paperfish open?

                      1. re: latindancer

                        Paperfish opened last December, and per Lesley Balla at eaterLA, it closed just before Halloween.
                        Keep in mind it took the former Maple Drive space, which lived since around 1989 if memory is correct.

                        1. re: carter

                          Both Maple Drive and Paperfish were wonderful neighborhood restaurants.
                          I'm very sad to see them both gone.