This past year saw the closure of many restaurants we'll miss--and others we won't. We've compiled both lists here: Most Regrettable Restaurant Closings of 2010 • Pak Zam Zam We'll miss the chapli kabab, chicken biryani, and the best dal in town. • The Boxcar Those ribs...sigh. • Bibo The Marchionda family created Bibo as a middle-ground between their casual Buon Giorno and more formal I Nonni. Now where are we going to get mozzarella en carozza? • Armatage Room Loved the hip, homey space and the wine bar snacks. Looking forward to seeing what Don Saunders has done with the place at his new In Season. • Da Afghan One of the few spots in town for Afghani food--and hospitality. • Subo The Twin Cities only Filipino joint had a lot going for it--the coconut drinks! the whole fish! Now Tim Niver and co. have Americanized the space with The Inn.
And a few we won't necessarily miss...[jump]
• Laredo's Tex-West Cantina This space seems to be a restaurant killer, between Mojito's and Brix and ho-hum Tex-Mex that never made much of an impression. • Stacatto This tucked away spot was perhaps too tucked away, for everyone except Orchestra Hall-goers. • Zake Another cursed restaurant space took out this unremarkable sushi spot. Thom Pham's Azian Kitchen seems to be a better fit. • LoTo LoTo was too scattered a concept for consistent execution, but David Fhima's redo, called Faces, made improvements to the former mistakes. • L'Ecosse Bland Scottish food served in a bland space was too odd for 48th and Chicago. Town Hall Tap's beers and burgers replicates the success of Adrian's next door. • Sauce Pizza & WIne After forcing Lyn-Lake's Sauce Soundbar to change its name to Cause--that way they could keep the cool letters from the original sign--the nondescript Sauce Pizza & Wine shuttered a few months after it opened. Was karma at play?