Delicious on the Slope (served its last meal.
The little restaurant had spirit even if it wasn't on the mark for the neighborhood. Owner Luis Garcia tried to resucitate the ill-conceived business - started originally with a menu of Israeli cuisine by another owner.
Garcia inherited a mess - an ugly, poorly planned space and a menu that needed real definition. He was an inexperienced businessman despite his career in Manhattan restaurants, most notably The Cub Room. Garcia was robbed; his chef and partner jumped ship. The economy dived and unemployment soared.
He and Delicious didn't have much of a chance.
But, one thing Delicious delivered was dish and controversy.
The blogosphere was full of commentary ranging from the curious to rants and rambling discussions. There were projections of the restaurant's impending doom. After the closing, Eater.com and others remarked on the man's bitter signage announcing the restaurant's demise.
It was reported erroneously that Garcia asked for community support via my blog. He did not initiate my post. I like the man and I have compassion for his particular circle of hell.
It's interesting to note that many expect Garcia, who has lost his livelihood, not to mention a significant amount of cash, to be - um - chipper as he turns the key for the last time. Please show me the saint who isn't a little bitter after a devasting loss such as this.
Does Garcia have a right to blame the neighborhood? No. Does he have a right to feel pain and disappointment? Sure.
Time to flog another dead horse.