Linkery and Hubcap Closing. . .Goodbye Jay. . .*sniff**sniff*
- jmtreg Jul 1, 2013 06:07 PM
Although this is already being discussed on the Closed Restaurants thread, the loss of the Linkery and Hubcap. . .and really, Jay Porter, deserves its own thread in my opinion. Whether you loved the Linkery or thought it was overrated, it played a significant and influential role in the North Park dining scene. Without Jay Porter, do we have 30th on 30th, or the Ritual Tavern? Does local produce ever become a thing? I'm not sure.
I wouldn't limit his influence on the North Park dining scene but his dedication to sourcing, quality of ingredients had a significant impact on many restaurants and chefs throughout SD. I am looking forward to visit his new concepts in SF (and hope that it will be something with Gavin Schmidt)
I wouldn't say San Diego was not ready for what Jay was trying to do here, but the Bay Area should be a better fit for him if that's where he's headed. Jay and Gavin Schmidt each have disparate strengths that would well complement the other.
We gave this place a couple shots and honestly it just never wowed me. The concept was great but the food always seemed to lack flavor. Having lived in the bay area for many many years, they will have to seriously step up their game in order to be able to compete. If they simply repeat what they did here, up there, they dont stand a chance.
I am sincerely regretful I never made it to The Linkery, El Take It Easy or Hubcap.
But I have read and enjoyed Jay Porter's thoughtful and informative contributions to Chowhound and I really wish him well in his new endeavors.