Ixia to close Friday
Sometimes I get news that isn't a surprise but is a shock. That's how I feel about the closing of Ixia in Mount Vernon. The restaurant's last night of service is this Friday, June 26.
It also doesn't surprise me that the person who handles most of the media inquiries for Ixia is David Briskie, the restaurant's designer. A meal there has always been as much about theater as eating.
In some ways I'm surprised Ixia survived as long as it did -- eight years. I never got the feeling it created a social community the way nearby Sotto Sopra has, which is the best way for a high-end restaurant to survive in downtown Baltimore. ...
I asked Briskie, of course, if the recession did Ixia in. Chef Kevin Miller's food was excellent, but it was also very expensive.
"In part," he said. "But we did what we wanted to do here. It's time to move on. We decided to close not for any one particular reason."
I asked where Miller would be going; Briskie said the chef hasn't made any decision yet. Ixia's owner, Un Kim, also owns Paper Moon, which will remain open.
The e-mail I got announcing Ixia's closing also said that an Ixia cookbook with a focus on the restaurant's design as well as the food will be published in the fall.
(Kim Hairston/Sun photographer)