A sign on the door says that Patrick Esquerré and his crew were locked out of Café Patrique in Mockingbird Station. But not, it appears, before he got most of the fixtures for his fledgling counter-service restaurant out of the building. In a written statement, Esquerré says that expenses associated with the Mockingbird location were crushing, leaving him no choice but to pull the plug on his brashly colored restaurant. "The six months of delayed, and seemingly endless, construction of the Mockingbird Station Center after we opened caused a big drain of energy and cash," Esquerré explains. "...Then came the September 11 turmoil, which badly hit sales, as it did for other restaurants. Perhaps, in hindsight, this was not the best time and location to start a brand-new concept." To this fatal brew Esquerré adds the dual chokeholds of arduous parking conditions and escalating rents in the hip, urban Mockingbird Station. Esquerré is now concentrating his Café Patrique firepower on his second location on the northwest corner of Preston Road at Forest Lane.
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