Our trip begins exactly 3 months from today and already there is some bad news…
First I’ll start with the rumors:
Rumor has it that Sokolowski’s in Cleveland may be closing for good as the family members are strongly considering retirement….if this should happen, then hopefully it will take place after our visit.
Rumor has it that once again, Santa Fe Bite in Santa Fe NM may have to look for new digs … again if this should happen, hopefully it will after our visit.
It seems that 2018 is the year for long standing restaurants to go out of business or catch on fire..
Sartins a legendary restaurant in the Beaumont/Port Arthur area of Texas since 1972 has closed their last roadhouse style restaurant (there used to be 3 or 4 locations) and recently still had 2 and have reopened in the food court section at the local shopping mall- so that’s now out… Luckily I did research and found out that Judice’s Cajun Caf� will be reopening their second location in the old Sartin’s building and they DO have bbq crab on the menu..
Chris Madrid’s in San Antonio TX experienced a fire a few months back, initially they planned on reopening in late spring- they are working out of a food truck now with a makeshift enclosed area for seating and are now planning to reopen late summer- Well- our visit in early October will be well after late summer so I’m really hoping the grand reopening will be in full swing.
The biggest disappointment for us is the Millstone Tea Room in Bedford VA, shut it’s doors earlier this spring.
A very popular established local standby since 2001, we were really looking forward to their fried chicken and spoon bread… Although the place was extremely popular and always busy, the owners (a husband and wife team) also had two other restaurants in town they were owning/operating and had to close the Millstone Tea Room because it was just too much on their plate- Sadly their other restaurants do not have fried chicken, or spoon bread on the menu so we will have to look elsewhere.
I checked my list and there does not appear to be any issues so far…but three months is a long time and anything can happen between now and then.