Documenting the closing of relatively new restaurants is really more of EV Grieve’s beat than mine, but I spotted this on the way to work this morning, and it struck a chord with me.
I honestly can’t remember what this space was back in the 1980’s, but I remember the upstairs was the home of freaky rock poster gallery, Psychedelic Solution (which I spoke about way back here).
As one of the first high-end restaurants to open up during the initial campaign to turn West 8th Street into some kind of new Restaurant Row, a venture called Elettaria opened up beneath the former Psychedelic Solution around 2008. I never went. Evidently, neither did a lot of people, and the restaurant closed without a lot of fanfare shortly thereafter. Sometime after that -– I can’t even remember -– the space in question was repurposed as a downtown iteration of The Burger Joint (in 2013, evidently). The original Burger Joint still holds its oddball space in the lobby of the Park Meridian in midtown. This downtown version, however, boasted all the same aesthetic trappings and same great fare.
I was skeptical at first, but I swiftly became something of regular about two summers ago, and my kids absolutely adore it.
Well, apparently, it’s now “closed for now” if the sign on the front door is to be believed.
Another victim of high-end blight, one assumes.