Chef Neal Swidler’s Asian spot with excellent cocktails is clearly the most baffling closure of the year. The cuisine was solid, fun, and unique in an area that didn’t have anything comparable for local business types. It’s since become another outpost of Juan’s Flying Burrito (which is also great, but still).
Okay, so this is a strange one. Meauxbar closed, and that fact broke more than a few hearts. Then, Chef Kristen Essig’s lovely eatery Sainte Marie closed as well. HOWEVER! (Cue dramatic soap opera music…) The whole kitchen team from Sainte Marie went en masse to reopen Meauxbar. So, while it’s sad to see a great CBD restaurant go, it’s also heartwarming that Chef Essig’s inventive cuisine can still be enjoyed at the reopened and re-imagined at Meauxbar.