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Jun 7, 2010 12:32 PM

Stork Club?

Anyone know if the Stork Club is still open? Someone on Yelp and another person who emailed me say that it isn't.

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  1. Sharpie-written sign on door = "Closed until further notice"

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    1. re: Nab

      I am not surprised.....IMO they were grossly mismanaged. 4 partners, none of which involved in day-to-day operations. They started to crash last December, and abruptly pulled back on the live jazz, stiffing many local professionals out of promised performance engagements to save money (unless they agreed on a 75% pay cut!). Music quality dropped dramatically, causing them to lose the only cache they had going for them, since the food/drink weren't top notch. Despite obvious financial woes, they chose to continue to pay a GM, rather than step in and save those $$ by having one of the owners manage. It's a shame, since live jazz venues are on the down side in this city.....I was hoping they would succeed!

    2. restaurant depot food at backbay dollars. a dive with mm s bbq would fit in just fine with live blues

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      1. re: OLDCHEF

        Sorry - I can't follow your shorthand. I know "bbq" obviously, but what's "mm s"?

        1. re: Allstonian

          My OLDCHEF is a little rusty, but let me try to paraphrase: Stork Club failed because it overcharged for mediocre, prefab big-box-warehouse food. A successor might thrive in that location by combining modest atmosphere, live blues, and barbecue in the style of M&M Ribs.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Thanks - sorry! I got everything except the specific reference to M&M Ribs, which was busting my brain for some reason.

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              The problem is the "modest" atmosphere. The place was expensively renovated and that just can't get thrown out of the door. I believe it was listed for 600K with 6k rent a month at atlantic restaurant group when the first owner went bust. I don't know for how much it actually sold. To me that is a lot giving it's subprime location. Dropping this for a new space and then re-design it is a lot too ask.

              Interestingly the more modest Parish Cafe around the corner seems to be thriving.

              1. re: jk1002

                I recall reading somewhere that the Circle investors put somewhere north of $1M, maybe $2M, into the post-Bob's renovation, then opened right after Lehman collapsed. Not such good timing. They were only open six weeks.


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  $1.4 million was the number according to the building's owner. The liquor license is the real asset there, hence the $600K asking price. The reality was that the Circle owner had zero track record & experience, and made every mistake possible as a result (despite, I am told, great advice provided by numerous industry vets.)

                  Fact is, that location has worked before (yes, we remember Bob the Chef's/Bistro) and can work again if it does a better job of targeting its build in market -- college kids from Northeastern, Berklee, and Conservatory and South End/Roxbury residents who do not want/need another swank joint.

                  In this economy, I can't help but think that a Bob's-style joint -- unique, ethnic, inexpensive comfort food; moderately priced drinks; live entertainment -- would do VERY well.

                  I will say that if the next owner wants the place to be a "scene," chances are that it won't last - unless they do business with thge 'scenemakers.'

        2. Are you kidding me? I just bought Groupon or one of those deals for them, like 10 days ago. Damn. Now I'll find out how these places deal with that kind of stuff but I did want to try it.

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          1. re: Joanie

            I empathize: I've often gotten stuck with restaurant gift certificates and coupons over the years this way, and so now am hesitant to buy such coupons for myself or gift certs as gifts (Amex gift certs are safer, but not everyone takes them). I wonder if offering a Groupon can be taken as a sign that your place is in trouble.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              I hope not! I've got one for Tupelo that I bought a couple of months ago - actually planning to finally use it tomorrow night.

              1. re: MC Slim JB

                I hope not as well...just bought a groupon for Estragon last week.

                1. re: mats77

                  Hmm, how did I miss Estragon, you sure it was Groupon? I got Stork Club on Buywithme so I assume they have a policy for this kind of stuff. We'll see. I*have* gotten stuck with Valueclub thru the Phoenix cuz I let them sit too long then the restaurant stops offering them and I'm screwed (sigh, like with Via Matta), but these are different since they give you a real expiration date.

                  Via Matta
                  79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. re: Joanie

                    I think I got the Estragon one on 5/26 and it was definitely Groupon. I was unfamiliar with Buywithme so thanks :)

                    1. re: mats77

                      And don't forget livingsocial, coupme, divvydeals and We'll never pay full price again!