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Jul 28, 2010 07:13 AM

Speck opening date?

Anyone in the know on when Speck plans to open its doors? Their facebook page has been more active lately, but calls and e-mails go unanswered.

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  1. I suspect the answer is "When it's done"... I don't know what the original opening date was supposed to be but the most recent one I heard was July, which obviously isn't happening, if the photos on Shola's blog are up to date ( From that pic, it looks like they've got another few weeks to go, at least: none of the cooking equipment seems to be installed yet. That same blog post mentions that "Studiokitchen dinners with start at the kitchen counter in September.", so I guess they plan to be open some time in September. Too late for your August visit, unfortunately, but who knows what will happen.

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    1. re: Buckethead

      Nearly a year ago, I said I wasn't holding my breath for Speck to happen: I'm sorry that I was correct.

      Why didn't it work? Foodbooz is now reporting that, at the last minute, Shola balked at Blatstein's demand that Shola sign over rights to Shola's future books and restaurant deals. It's not surprising that Shola refused. I just can't understand how this project could have gotten so far along without having a contract in place.

      The bottom line is that when you have two strong, intelligent, talented people with big egos, it's very hard for them to work together. As a result, this project was doomed from the beginning. It's a pity that so much time, money, and energy was wasted and that we still don't have a place to enjoy Shola's cooking.

    2. Looks to be at least 6 more weeks--I just saw this on Grub Street:

      1. As the reservation site is down, any ideas on when it will open. Has been 8 weeks since this last post

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          Grub Street reported yesterday that it's opening was "imminent." I doubt it'll open before the new year now.

          1. re: gaffk

            Actually all Grub Street said was that Shola's blog "suggests an opening could be imminent", which has been true for at least a month now. Foobooz had an item today saying they had passed health inspection, but the link given doesn't say that.

            According to Speck's website though, it "Opened in 2010".

        2. I got this in my email today, it means nothing as far as when they'll open, but at least it means they are still planning on opening..

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