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Bistro America closes

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Bistro America closes

LikestoEatout | Jan 22, 2004 12:18 PM

I just discovered today that Bistro America in Batavia had closed at the first of the year. When they first openend 15 or so years ago, the food and service were wonderful and we would eat there once or twice a week. They had wonderful soups and I loved their lamb chops and crab cakes and just about anything I ever ate there. When you were first seated you were brought a roasted garlic bulb, crackers and butter, something that was unique at the time. The room setting was unique too, in a 100 year old limestone building that had always hosted a bar. The downside was that you had to pass through a smoky bar to reach the dining room, but the dining room featured dark wide plank wooden flooring and an exposed limestone wall which always felt cozy and welcoming. After a number of years the owner, who had owed other places in the Batavia/ Geneva area wanted to retire and sold, there went what had been a gem. The service remained good because it was the same people, the food was ok but not that crisp, sharp excellant that it had been. I believe they changed owners once again about 2 years ago and the last time I went there, the business was mostly the bar (which was packed) and the food only so so. I see today that it has been sold again and will be turned into a Irish themed pub. A shame...we used to have some excellant indie restaurants in Batavia but in all cases, after the owners retired they were never the same.

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