Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Terrace View to Close at End of Year [Updated]

Posted By on Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 11:41 AM

click to enlarge Time is almost up for the Terrace View in Citygarden - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • Time is almost up for the Terrace View in Citygarden
The Terrace View (808 Chestnut Street; 314-436-8855) will close at the end of the year, Feast reports this afternoon. Beginning October 1, the restaurant in downtown's Citygarden sculpture park will open only for lunch Monday through Friday.

Chef and restaurateur Jim Fiala opened the Terrace View in the summer of 2009. Late last year, the restaurant started serving several dishes from the menu of Fiala's Italian restaurant, Acero.

Update: (Tuesday, September 20, 11:42 a.m.) The dinner business -- or, rather, the lack thereof -- sealed the Terrace View's fate, owner Jim Fiala tells Gut Check.

"When we made the lease, I gave myself two and a half years' time to see how it would work," Fiala says.

"The return is not significant enough to make me want to continue."

"We do fine at lunch time. We have a great lunch business," he adds. "It's kust getting people downtown for dinner."

Remarking on a recent night when the Cardinals were playing at home to a nearly full crowd, Fiala says, "There [was] not a soul walking around the streets."

Fiala says he'd rather spend time with his other restaurants -- the Crossing, Acero, Liluma and the new Liluma Side Door -- as well as with his family.

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