Tonight will be Stadium Bistro's last night in business.
"I'm not so sure I want to talk about it," co-owner Peter Weikel Sr. told me on the telephone after a long pause.
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Here's what Weikel told me in e-mail March 13 when I contacted him to inquire about a report from two sources who told me "Stadium Bistro will close in two weeks":
We've got so much going on with the Hub moving
in around the corner, and the success of our friends at Doyle's Pub, we are very excited about the future of the St. Helens/Stadium corridor.
Everyday, folks tell us how excited they are about the increased vitality of our neighborhood. So what's going on?
Like all businesses we were challenged by the economy and needed support, but we never planned to close. We've been open about it, and the Chamber of Commerce, local developers and our loyal customers kept us focused on
staying open and continuing to grow.
As part of the natural progression of our business plan, to become a true downtown neighborhood bistro, we are in the process of welcoming local investors into the Stadium Bistro family. Closing just doesn't make sense with investors seeing that our sales are more than double last year, we serve great food and we're in a downtown urban neighborhood experiencing tremendous development. Right now we have several new investors including coming on board.
We'll keep you posted about our next steps. We do know that our future is definitely in outreach, we have 12,000 copies of our new 'Country Bistro Menu,' featuring very affordable made-from-scratch dinner selections, scheduled for delivery in The News Tribune on March 21st. You'll see more special events from us, including major themed fundraising dinners for Tall Ships, Zoobilee, Junior League Tour of Homes, and many corporate and private dinners throughout the year.
Stadium Bistro opened in late 2006. When I reviewed it in April 2007, I gave the restaurant four stars.
I'm told that chef/co-owner Peter Weikel Jr. is trying to line up new jobs for his cooks.