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Shooley Apr 18, 2013 06:11 AM

Very sorry to hear that this terrific little restaurant is closing its doors...RIP TLK.

  1. MidCoastMaineiac Apr 18, 2013 09:40 AM

    Whaaaaa??? For real?? Where did you hear that? That's awful...it's a great place!!!

    I can't find any info that it's closing??

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      hfaubel Apr 19, 2013 08:56 AM

      No worries ...TLK only closed temporarily.

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        MidCoastMaineiac Apr 19, 2013 09:52 AM

        Thanks. Well that was scary! Like alot of places on the midcoast, they take more days off than in the summer.

        Shooley, maybe you should delete this post...purge it out of Chowhound forever!

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          Shooley Apr 20, 2013 05:18 AM

          Sorry...but it's true...I have it on good authority. I am equally dismayed.

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            MidCoastMaineiac Apr 20, 2013 06:35 AM

            Holy crap that's horrible. Well Erin, all I can say is come down to Rockland...we'll find room for you here...

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      SoupRQT Apr 20, 2013 03:44 AM

      I am afraid that it is true.

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        hfaubel Apr 20, 2013 10:20 AM

        Hey all fellow fans of chef Erin. I know from recently talking with Erin, who is on a much needed break, that she plans on being back in Belfast this summer. Once again making magnificent meals for all to enjoy. I am SO looking forward to it! Keep the faith..stay tuned!

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        bewley Apr 20, 2013 03:22 PM

        According to their Facebook page, they're gearing up for the summer.

        There's a real disconnect here. If she's bailing, then she should just come out with it on her blog.

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          SoupRQT Apr 20, 2013 03:58 PM

          It is closed - for sure. I too have spoken with a very, very reliable source. It is an unfortunate situation but wishing her the best for her future.

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            hfaubel Apr 23, 2013 08:22 AM

            I copied this from TLK's facebook page. Deanna is Erin's mother. Hope this helps put the rumors to rest.

            "Deanna Richardson - TLK is indeed closed, but only temporarily. As Erin's mom, I can tell you that she is looking forward to creating more wonderful meals in the very near future. Will let you know when she returns!"

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          paseo Apr 23, 2013 06:07 PM

          I hope it's just a bad rumor.I would hate to lose such a wonderful place, in so many ways, from the service to the drinks to the food. It would be sorely missed and a real loss.

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            Mainegal Apr 29, 2013 11:35 AM

            Not true, just heard from her. She's just taking a much-needed rest.

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              SoupRQT Apr 29, 2013 03:33 PM

              The sign on the door says 'Closed'. There is no message on the restaurant voicemail. There is no word from Erin, just 'I have spoken to...'. Doesn't really make good business sense if you take a moment to think about it.
              Some of us know a much different story. Perhaps it will be that Erin will reopen a restaurant, just in a different location. It seems that this will be a situation of, we shall see when we shall see.

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                Mainegal May 1, 2013 12:41 PM

                Wrong, she's reopening, she just needed some time to think everything over. : http://thelostkitchen.tumblr.com/

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                  SoupRQT May 1, 2013 12:48 PM

                  Like I said, 'We shall see.'

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                    MidCoastMaineiac May 1, 2013 01:04 PM

                    You say that like you want to be proven right Soup...that she will indeed not return to TLK. What's your beef exactly?

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                      SoupRQT May 1, 2013 01:33 PM

                      Whoa...easy. No beef. The Facebook page says the restaurant is currently open - is it? No. Does the voicemail at the restaurant say anything or even allude to reopening date? What does the sign on the restaurant say?... 'Closed' but does it say it will be reopening, 'no'. As I have said before, I wish Erin the best in her future yet, it is important to look at the facts before making such statements as, 'She will be back'. Take a look at it from a business perspective and not an emotional one - you can see something isn't working. Just guarded.

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                        MidCoastMaineiac May 1, 2013 01:51 PM

                        I suppose there are some things in this game called life that are more important than a business, or a restaurant, or any number of more trivial things...maybe we can all agree upon that.

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                          SoupRQT May 1, 2013 01:59 PM

                          Agreed, 100%!

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                Mainegal May 1, 2013 12:38 PM

                She'll be back...posted today: http://thelostkitchen.tumblr.com/

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                  bewley May 2, 2013 06:43 AM

                  It almost seems like the poor girl had a breakdown or some form of mental exhaustion if you read between the lines. Running a restaurant is hard work (but it doesn't make one a hero or "brave" as according to some of the posts on their facebook page). No, a restaurant is a business, and, as such should be run like one. Currently, The Lost Kitchen appears to be run more like a "cause" than a "business."

                  I wish her and her staff luck.

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                    MidCoastMaineiac May 2, 2013 08:06 AM

                    People in here seem to be having an awful hard time of reading between the lines here....amazing.

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                      bewley May 2, 2013 07:18 PM

                      I'm not sure what you mean? Is there something apparent that is not being said? You have people saying the place is closed. A chef/owner's mother writing a note, a chef writing a vague blog about the hard facts of life and needing a breather, and a bunch of people wanting to make reservations and time their trips to Maine accordingly.

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                    paseo May 2, 2013 09:12 AM

                    An awful lot of baseless speculation here about something that is none of anyone's business.

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                      SoupRQT May 15, 2013 05:18 AM

                      I guess we have our answer.
                      https://www.facebook.com/thegothicres...

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                        bewley May 15, 2013 02:07 PM

                        Yes. . .

                        http://maine.eater.com/tags/erin-french

                      2. Cassoulet May 31, 2013 08:38 PM

                        Erin just posted about her next venture - a food truck! (well, technically a food Airstream)
                        I had been hoping she'd go back to the old private supper format in a new location, but this might be even better.

                        http://thelostkitchen.tumblr.com/post...

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                          SoupRQT Jun 1, 2013 03:39 AM

                          Ambitious! I wish her much success.

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