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Atlantic Avenue Closings

John Francis | Aug 3, 2004 09:05 PM

The number of eateries on Atlantic Avenue between Court and Henry continues to fall at the rate of a closing every couple of months.

The latest is Meson Flamenco, a Spanish place. I've never eaten there, and it may be no great loss. Happened to be walking by when the owner or someone working closely with him was putting up a plywood screen in front. He confirmed that MF is closed and gone, and said there was going to be a "new storefront."

Elsewhere here I've read that where there were previously two restaurants called Moroccan Star and Caravan, there is now only only one at the Moroccan Star location. I count that as one restaurant closed.

And of course La Bouillabaisse closed a few months ago.

Meanwhile, I haven't seen any new restaurants opening in these blocks. The ChipShop between La Petite Crevette and Meson Flamenco is way past the opening date posted in its window and there's nothing but piles of building materials inside; who knows when and indeed if it will ever open.

Does anyone have an overview of what's going on in this neighborhood to cause all these closings? Local economic conditions, or all the openings on Smith Street, or what? Should I be worried?

Incidentally, Cafe del Mar also closed on August 1 but according to the sign in its window, only for vacation until September.

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