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JKWB -- for sale

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http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

For those who don't read the article, the gist of it is that the economy has hit Jamie hard, so he's selling the wine bar (though Hank's and Gilead are doing well).

I know there have been a lot of complaints on this board that it's gone downhill lately, but JKWB's always treated me well, so this is sad news...

On the upside, it looks like JK Gardiner will be serving prix-fixe lunches every Wednesday (though not really much of an upside for those of us who work during the week and can't get there).

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  1. For even more detail, see the article in the Globe:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/n...

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    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

      Additional discussion of this article can be found on this thread on the Food and Media News board:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/626626

      Please keeps this thread focused on the food at JK restaurants. Discussion of business practices and the economy are off topic for the Ontario board.

    2. Until further notice, and for the record JKWB is still operating as per usual, with the same staff/management and JK at the helm.

      Good Lord, I have been getting a lot of emails/calls about this today...

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      1. re: Non Doctor

        I'm having a little trouble feeling sorry for JK and his troubles. I ate at the wine bar twice, enjoyed both dinners, but not the 90 minute wait that was required. Had the restaurant removed it's arrogantt no reservation policy, I, and I'm sure many others would frequent it much more often. With so many other options availbale, we can arrange a Saturday night out (kids at home) and actually let the baby-sitter know what time we'll be home. An impossibility at JKWB. I also tried Gilead once for an overpriced turky sandwich and over-salted fires-wasn't impressed at all. IMHO what comes around goes around and I won't shed a tear when the doors are shut.

        1. re: thebutcher

          I had lunch there about six weeks ago, and was alarmed to notice that none of the faults so adamantly whinged about were present. Quite enjoyable still. Love the Gilead concept as well.

          1. re: robb

            What makes a no-reservation policy arrogant? If anything, doesn't it level the playing field (i.e. anyone can eat there, anytime)? And, I don't think the phrase "what comes around goes around" makes sense in this case. Just because a restaurant doesn't take reservations (and is accused over over-salting it's frites), it should then go out of business? IMHO, I hope that JK rides this all out. I love the wine bar concept (yes, the food, but esp. the egalitarian concept that anyone can eat there, and stay as long as they want).

        2. A different take on the press conference that spawned this thread at Gremolata:
          http://www.gremolata.com/Articles/685...
          I don't recall seeing the info about his lunch series in the Globe. Bad news is more interesting?

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          1. re: Beef Pattie

            More meaningful when it bears on JK's survival.