After an extended weekend of monotonously unhealthy Downstate dining, my girlfriend and I decided that dinner at Atlantique would be a refreshing way to cleanse the palate yesterday evening. However, that fine establishment inexplicably turned out to be closed last night. No one answered the phone there even as late as 7:00 pm; after innumerable rings the recorded message stating their hours began to play. We even strolled over to the premises a little before 8:00 to investigate: the lights were out, the door was locked, and strangely enough, there was not even a sign on the door explaining the closure. The windows of the place were not covered, and we could see that the dining rooms were still appointed in their usual fashion, with linens, glassware, tableware, etc. But not a soul was to be seen.
Atlantiques stated hours include dinner every night of the week, so this was most surprising. Has anyone a suggestion that could account for this? I hesitate to initiate any false alarms, especially with the recent alarms about the nearby Middle Eastern Bakery in mind; but this place was definitely closed last night.
For the record, we ended up trying Rezas, a few blocks north on Clark, which we had never tried due to our enjoyment of next-door Andies. We enjoyed the chewy but flavorful grilled shrimp, did not care for the tough, gritty, flavorless grilled scallops, were most unimpressed with the dilled rice, and were not knocked out with any of the first courses. Andies remains our choice for Middle Eastern food in that stretch of Clark.