Went to Anise last night and learned that Frank (Reardon) has left. I know that there was some early buzz about Anise but recently most of the buzz seemed to involve Frank. It surely will result in lost business because I know many people (including myself) felt Frank was much of the reason to go to Anise. It was normally pretty slow in Anise and I think that the loss of the bar business (including food at the bar) could be a death blow. It's too bad that the concept authentic Sichuan and great drinks never caught on. Recently the menu has been "Americanized" further minimizing the uniqueness of the place.
I’ll look forward to visiting Frank on a weekly basis wherever he goes next. And for Anise…it was nice while it lasted.