RIP Tribute in Farmington Hills, MI
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I guess I'm not surprised, considering the economy and its priciness, but it's still a bit disappointing. It did seem to come suddenly, but alas, most things like this do. A shame, that.
To be honest, I'm not sure that I've even been there since Yagihashi's leaving myself. I liked stopping by for a (very expensive) drink or dessert now and again, but just couldn't pull the trigger on the whole shebang considering what it cost to do so. And I don't even like wine!
I'm sad for those losing their jobs/opportunites, but I understand the business side of it, too. Wish it wasn't the case, but I guess I'm part of why they didn't make it.
They said on the news that they will still be open for special events. Lets hope every one still gets some work. Did you ever make it to Cafe Bon Homme in Plymouth for dessert in years past before they closed?
The other place I was thinking about today was Carls Chop House. I haven't heard any thing about that place in a very long time.
I don't know if you know who Mireille and Edward Giuliano are, but Mireille is CEO of Clicquot U.S.A. (think Veuve-Clicquot Champagne) who had a best selling book: "French women don't get fat" in 2006. Together they also do some freelance writing.
Every year they write a piece for "The Quarterly Review of Wine" talking about memorable meals they've had in the previous 12 months. Remember, these are French people who travel the globe and work at high levels in the food and wine business. Anyways, they said Tribute was the best meal they'd had all year. And yes that was when Yagihashi was there. The following year they also listed Tribute among the top dozen most memorable meals of their year.
Tribute was good.