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Jun 2, 2009 12:24 PM

Tempo closing

Sorry if this has already been didn't pop up when I did a search.

My wife and I had dinner at Tempo on Sunday night and heard from our waitress that this coming Saturday will be their last night. I guess the recession has hit them hard, with their huge space. Too bad...this is a loss for the Slope in my book.

So, if you're jonesing for some of their bucatini, try to get it in this week.

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  1. Damn! That's really sad news. A true loss for the Slope, indeed.

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    1. re: Lochina

      What!!! This is terrible news if true. It has been such a staple for so many years and we go often. Please say it isn't so....!

    2. Absolutely one of the best of Brooklyn. I will miss the great space, food and wine. And the classiest of owners.... Michael and Robert.

      1. This is terrible news! Tempo is my favorite restaurant in Park Slope. I just called them to confirm and it is, apparently, true. What a loss.

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        1. re: Olive123

          My neighbor called last night and confirmed as well.

          This is a loss. I was always a fan of Tempo.

          However, I must admit to not going there as much as in the past. They didn't really change the menu as much as I would have hoped, and so I got a little bored with the offerings (although they were always delicious). More recently, I find myself driving over to Noodle Pudding or Le Petit Marche for the Friday night out.

        2. You're going to find a lot of restaurants closing in the near future. Fancy and non-fancy. Consumers are not spending their money on restaurants that much. The only eateries I see doing well are pizzerias and those " $4 fried chicken with french fries" Chinese joints.

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          1. re: bigmackdaddy

            Im really sorry about this one, though. One of the very best downtown brooklyn restaurants.

          2. We are deeply saddened to learn of TEMPO'S impending end.

            We have spent many,many lovely evenings there, enjoying the wonderful food and the gracious hospitality of Robert and Michael.

            I sadly agree with the OP that this will be the first of many closings. Restaurants in Brookltn Heights, and surrounding areas is down 30-40% or more.

            Park Slope seems to be the hardest hot. Partly because of the mentality of the residents, partly because the Slope is not a destination, as is the Heights. Many oif the better reataurtants in the Heights like Henry's End and Noodle Pudding get clients who come recommended by the concierge at the Brooklyn Marriott..

            Very sad, indeed. Sadder still, a harbinger of much more to come.

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            1. re: Fleur

              Fleur hits the nail on the head when he mentions "mentality of Park Slope residents". I think this plays more of part in Tempo's demise than the economy (which of course only exacerbates the problem). Recently, after ordering a bottle of wine, Robert commented that very few people order moderate priced bottles or any bottles from his wonderful wine list - we were one of a handful of couples. I don't believe this is because diners can't afford it. We're comfortable (and so are most slopers) but we're not new slopers and we could never have bought into the Slope in the past 10 years. So, PS'ers, the old guard and the new, are frugal, to put it nicely. And to further generalize - Slopers are notoriously reverse snobs (healthy incomes and the shlumpiest looking folks around. Shlumpy with pride!)- Tempo was too nice for us! What a shame. One of the things I'll miss, along with the wonderful food was that you could actually have a conversation as you dined since everybody doesn't have to sit on top of everyone else. One of the few "adult" dining experiences in PS. Very, very sad to see it go.

              1. re: Roxy9

                " Robert commented that very few people order moderate priced bottles or any bottles from his wonderful wine list - we were one of a handful of couples. I don't believe this is because diners can't afford it. "
                Since I'm not from your nabe, I'm not touching the whole PS mentality thiing, but I can say that there are lots of people who enjoying dining out, but don't or no longer drink alcohol. Part of the reason may be financial (There is often a 200% + markup on wine and 'moderately priced' is relative ) but other reasons may be for health, personal preference, etc.. I say that b/c I often dine with people who just don't drink alcohol or prefer to spend the money on a higher priced dinner or dessert,. If wine was not selling perhaps, as a cost cutting move, the owners should have considered reducing their inventory or dropping their liquor license entirely.