Back in February, we noted numerous closings in the Knox-Henderson area and referred to the neighborhood as the restaurant Bermuda triangle. Fish City Grill, Horne and Dekker, Alma, Cafe San Miguel and others in the area had closed in less than a year, leading me to question why the neighborhood was seemingly tough on restaurants.
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I haven't seen any news on what's planned for the Fish City Grill space, but the restaurant formerly known as Horne and Dekker will now go by the name of Snack Global Kitchen and Bar.
Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens, the partners behind both Nosh locations, will be taking over the location and offering a menu of small plates based on a whole world of ethnic cooking, including Thai, Mexican, Indian and Middle Eastern. How great would it be if they compounded the theme and focused on the street foods of the world?
Back to my Bermuda Triangle theory, though: Parking was one of the biggest concerns posed in the post, and echoed up my many reader comments. Samuel and Stevens are dealing with that issue head on. They've hired their own valet contractor and are offering the parking service for free. Sushi Axiom and the other restaurants that occupy the strip mall will maintain their own valet services.
They're also placing an emphasis on alcohol, hoping to sell as much beer, wine and cocktails as possible to diners who come to graze on moderately priced little plates. The price point marks a significant departure from the upscale offerings of Nosh. It sounds like a Nosh for the young and drunk.