Brix...ah, Terrace Cafe on Pantops has closed
Restaurant owners tend to preen like cats when they first open, but when they close the
Restaurant owners tend to preen like cats when they first open, but when they close they tend to slink away like them. So kudos to Brix... ah, Terrace Cafe owner Karen Laetare for contacting Dish to let us know that she's decided to close her Pantops restaurant. Not an easy thing to do. The reason? Well, it's clear that the economy hasn't been helping any–- almost any restaurant owner you talk to these day will tell you the same thing–- and that trying to maintain a big, high volume establishment had become a challenge.
"It's time to downsize," Laetare admits. The restaurant closed on Friday, November 12.
Meanwhile, she wants to remind her customers that her decade-long Brix brand, which the newly opened franchise Brixx: Wood Fired Pizza in the Barracks Road Shopping Center forced her to change before they arrived, is still going strong on a much smaller scale at the Martha Jefferson Hospital outpatient facility on Pantops, where she has been operating the Terrace Cafe @ Martha J since April. Also, Laetare wants to assure folks that her decision to close had nothing to do with the Brixx pizza place trying to force her to change her name.
"It's a little sad," says Laetare, who admits that opening the big space on Pantops had been years in the making. "But I have to do what I have to do."
Laetare knows of no plans for the Pantops space, which is owned by the shopping center, but she says her loss could be someone else's opportunity. "It's a great building, has a great kitchen set up," she says. "And there's a lota love in it."
As for her decision to announce the closing, Laetare says it was a no-brainer.
"My customers deserve it," she says, "because they've been phenomenal."
–story last updated 10:21am, Tuesday, November 16
–original headline: Brix Terrace Cafe on Pantops to close