I went more than a month ago and got dismissive service for the first time in my life there and wondered what was wrong - was it overly warm, too many customers, were they going to close or what? Also they stopped making my favorite tart, the beaux arts. Then I went again about 2 weeks ago and got my favorite chocolate walnut cookie. I remember the cafe was full both times and the dining area pretty empty.
Now Eater says they are closed early. \\http://eater.com/archives/2009/06/the...
We had our proposal dinner here (which wound up being a disaster because it was 1) restaurant week and 2) my allergic husband ate the 8 grain bread which had walnuts), as well as many happy meals with friends, and I was looking forward to doing anniversary dinners here.
Now I can only remember it fondly. I hope that whatever new incarnation of Payard opens, that they can hit the sweet spot in terms of pricing for the recession economy.