Kiss of death: Closed for remodeling
It's a given right now that times are tough.
But I'm getting really tired of restaurants sticking a "Closed for remodeling" sign on their doors and there's no remodeling going on. If they are going or gone, let us know.
Some of these were good bargains and/or did several dishes really well or were good value for money.
So far this month, we've seen the dratted signs on three restaurants that we had liked.
Is there a part of the country where this sign isn't a euphemism for closed forever?
Another side of the coin: places that keep their 'Grand Opening' sign/banner waving in the wind for months and years. A place that I pass by every day for the past seven years has an ugly plastic banner prounouncing the 'Grand Opening' that never ends. Seven years! They have been open all that time, doing just fine, but no one is running to grab a table to catch the wave of their zeitgiest. I want this madness to end! Your'e open; you've been open; Take.Down. That. Sign.
The owner is considerably more inconvenienced by this condition than you. Cut him a little slack while he mortgages the farm and pimps his wife in a last and desperate attempt to stay open.
Sadly, the Alux restaurant in Quintana Roo is closed for remodeling. It's a cave. How does one remodel a cave? Yes, the bell tolls.