Lesa Gigante, a representative from Bowled, had the following to say about the decision to close the restaurant. “Yes it’s true. Michael made the very very difficult decision today to close the doors. We’ve been struggling for a while with high rent, labor cost and just not enough people eating out. We’ve been blessed to have wonderful customers, great reviews and enthusiastic word of mouth. We’ve prided ourselves on great food, a comfortable atmosphere and friendly service. But that just wasn’t enough in this economic climate. We needed more people coming in the door.
Please tell your readers if they love a local shop or restaurant, patronize it. Up and down 4th street we’ve seen Bonefish, Carrabbas, Outback, even Applebees packed, even on week nights. They’re great restaurants — but they have financial backing and corporate support to stay open in these hard times. We did not.”
On another note, this local restaurant space on the corner of 4th St. N and 89th has been empty for a few years now, with the sign “Hip Hop Soda Shop” out front. It’s a pretty expansive building and it looks like it has recently been painted.
Good news from GiGi’s on 4th St. N, they say the vine-ripened tomatoes are back. It seems a little early, but we also seemed to go from the cold weather to the late August weather very quickly. And it’s only May. More news on some restaurant openings tomorrow.