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Bastide closed (gasp)

Cubancoffee Nov 24, 2008 06:34 PM

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


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  1. Eastcoast foods nob RE: Cubancoffee Nov 24, 2008 07:27 PM

    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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      bulavinaka RE: Eastcoast foods nob Nov 24, 2008 09:54 PM

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

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      Adsvino RE: Cubancoffee Nov 24, 2008 07:48 PM

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

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        ipsedixit RE: Adsvino Nov 24, 2008 09:16 PM

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

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          kevin RE: ipsedixit Nov 25, 2008 12:03 AM

          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.

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            latindancer RE: ipsedixit Nov 25, 2008 08:06 AM

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

          2. re: Adsvino
            RicRios RE: Adsvino Nov 24, 2008 09:34 PM

            Yeah, beef bourguignon tacos.

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              alli411 RE: Adsvino Nov 25, 2008 11:13 AM

              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. Local RE: Cubancoffee Nov 24, 2008 10:06 PM

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

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                latindancer RE: Local Nov 25, 2008 01:55 PM

                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.

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                condiment RE: Cubancoffee Nov 24, 2008 10:13 PM

                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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                  kevin RE: condiment Nov 25, 2008 12:04 AM

                  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. lotta_cox RE: Cubancoffee Nov 25, 2008 04:57 AM

                  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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                    latindancer RE: lotta_cox Nov 25, 2008 08:07 AM

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

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                      latindancer RE: lotta_cox Nov 25, 2008 08:12 AM

                      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?

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                        carter RE: latindancer Nov 25, 2008 09:50 AM

                        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.

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                          latindancer RE: carter Nov 25, 2008 01:56 PM

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

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                      SugarFrosted RE: Cubancoffee Nov 25, 2008 01:18 PM

                      They called me an hour ago and left a message in a wonderful French accent telling me "You have a reservation. I'm sorry we have to cancel. The restaurant is closed."
                      After the recent 4 star review in the LA Times, my first thought was that they were closing for a private party. Sad to hear they're gone...again.

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                        Robhungry1 RE: Cubancoffee Nov 25, 2008 02:32 PM

                        I ate there the day of the recent LA Times review. I can say that while the meal was great, the wines were severely overpriced for the tasting. My final thought was that the LA Times critic is known there and gets extraordinary service and food. That being said I had the MOST fabulous Dungenous crab course that made the whole night worthwhile. Glad I had the expereince before it closed!

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