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Dec 8, 2011 08:44 AM

Old Gulf Coast Space?

Anyone know what's going in at the old Gulf Coast location on Park Blvd. across from Henry's/Sprouts? It's been completely repainted (and in a not so pleasing color) and there is construction happening on the old front patio seating area, also not particularly attractive at this stage.

Who's taken over the spot - so far no word that it'll be another fabric in the Brennan/Malarky empire. If the right concept goes in, it's a decent location with a bunch of potential to do well.

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  1. A Google search turned up this little exchange:

    I drove by there the other day, and wondered the same thing.

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    1. re: phee

      Phee, the link wouldn't open for me. I'll Google.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        It's now Babbo's Bar and Grill:


        Mention on (halfway down the first page):

        The Y site:

        I haven't been there or to Babbo Grande.

        1. re: nileg

          Thanks, I found that out when I Googled. I think Babbo Grande is closed, or at least it was the last time I walked by and there was some weird message taped to the door. By weird I mean if you read it, it didn't exactly make sense. I hope they aren't done with renovations...

        2. re: DiningDiva

          Sorry - should have tried the link prior to posting.

      2. Tried Babbo's this Sunday for brunch. I had the benedict, wife had the breakfast crepes (eggs with bacon) with mornay and hollandaise sauces. Both were very solid. Place is definitely lighter and airier than GCG. Service was good. They are still in their "soft opening" phase, and a table next to us had some issues that were talked out with the manager. They're only open for breakfast/lunch right now and not serving dinner for another week or two. A mild wiff on the design is the wire cage around the outdoor seating (and a transient sleeping on the sidewalk nearby...).

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        1. re: mikec

          Yeah, drove by it late last week and thought the patio redo was seriously off the mark. Missed the transient, tho'

          1. re: DiningDiva

            I thought of it last night while watching a scene of a concentration camp on the History Channel.

            1. re: mikec

              Yeah, I can see that. I hope they get a clue that the facade on their place isterribly unattractive to the point that it may not inspire many people to stop. Concentration camp is about right. All I can say is at least they didn't paint it gray

              1. re: DiningDiva

                Wouldn't take much. A couple of vines in pots trellised over the wires or even some light strands would give a different suggestion...