Updated: I got a tip earlier this week that the Brasserie over at 626 SW Park Avenue was closing, but at the time, everything seemed normal. However, a quick check tonight showed they have suddenly been taken off of Open Table, usually a sign that the restaurant has closed. In addition, a call to the restaurant results in a “mailbox full” recording, also a very bad omen. Their Facebook refers to MySpace, which hasn’t been updated since last Spring.
However, after originally posting they may have closed, I heard from a reader who was able to make a reservation for next week, so I went by and confirmed that the Brasserie is indeed still open, and they served me a nice drink at the bar. Their listing has now reappeared on Open Table.
The Brasserie Montmartre opened in 1978 in what was originally named the Calumet Hotel. It was a popular hot spot, known for its eclectic French bistro menu and live music. However, business slowly dropped off, and the restaurant closed in 2006. After being vacant for nearly three years, the restaurant was completely gutted and reopened by
Matt and Sara Maletis, who signed a 20-year lease. I haven’t been in since they remodeled, and found it to be rather nice.