The demise of fine dining
Today Jill and I started naming all the fine-dining restaurants that have downscaled or closed (Bicycle, Jordan's, Brasserie Tatin, Ixia, the Spice Company, Taste, Northwoods; feel free to remind us of others below).
While the recession didn't do all of these in, the faltering economy did at least give them a little push. ...
We were trying to decide if it's more that people are no longer going out for special occasions, or if they are still going out for special occasions -- an anniversary or a birthday once or twice a year -- but no longer going out extra times, spending too much money on a good meal just for the fun of it.
I've been doing blog posts all along on some of these issues, but now Jill is going to do a wrap-up story. She'd love to hear from any of you who might be willing to talk to her about either a) fond memories you have of an important dinner at the Brass Elephant or any of the others or b) if you haven't been going out to fine-dining restaurants recently for whatever reason, but especially because of money issues.
Jill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.