A tribute to the eateries once loved and lost this year

A tribute to the eateries once loved and lost this year


Short Runs

Sage American Bistro wasn't the same after the departure of Bill Glover, the talented and inventive chef who's now running the kitchen at Gallerie inside the Downtown Hilton. Glover remained the owner at Sage, but his absence from the kitchen coincided with the restaurant's decline.

Commonwealth Sandwich Bar bit the dust around the time we heard owner Erik Till wouldn't be opening White Rabbit (see "Never to Be" below). We will miss the Three Little Pigs, a gloriously gluttonous sandwich with pork shoulder, bacon and pork rillettes.

McCasky's Grill opened in the long-vacant former Handke's space-and then closed only three months later (it's since been reopened at Jack Whitney's).

Gallo's Taproom and Gallo's Kitchen are neighborhood favorites with great food and beer selections and rabid fans. Diners and critics loved Gallo's BBQ, too, but the Linworth restaurant closed in November.


Long Runs

Campus institution Blue Nile Ethiopian closed in 2013; in its place sprung up Cafe International, a "global gastro-cafe" that leans heavily toward Asian influences (though quesadillas and fries are also on the eclectic menu). The Interstate-670 Cap earned a massive new vacancy with the closure of Sushi Rock, reportedly over the cost of the lease.


Last Gasps

One of the most enviable pieces of restaurant real estate in the Short North changed concepts this year from Black Olive to China Bar for a few months before closing for good. Bakersfield is in the space now.

The tortured building at High and Long that housed Barrio until last year became Madrid/White Bar in 2013 and then, for a moment, Rogue Pasta and Noodles. The most animated thing about the space these days is the video billboard perched on the roof.

Clever Crow left the North Market early in 2013, but marched on at Circus until mid-year. Anthony Bourdain loved your cornbread crusts, and so did we.


Never to Be

Chef Erik Till made us hungry for his take on American food with French techniques at his Brewery District restaurant concept White Rabbit. But the project never got off the ground.


The Heartbreaker

Proving nothing good can last forever, Kenny Kim and Misako Ohba closed up Japanese pop-up FreshStreet in April. Last we heard, they're having culinary adventures in California.