Nice knowin' ya, Gingham. Though at first, the La Mesa eatery posted a "Closed For Repairs" sign, the U-T confirmed that the restaurant has been sold and is currently in escrow. Yesterday's closing comes after months of speculation about Gingham's status.
This brings the count of Brian Malarkey-fronted restaurants in San Diego down to five; might there be another local shutter to come? Rumors coming through our tipline say that Point Loma's Gabardine might be the next to go.
At Gingham, the writing was on the wall. Earlier this week, the restaurant began telling customers that they were all out of draft beer and on Mother's Day, dissatisfied brunch-goers took to Yelp to complain about the food and service.
It sounds like shuttering Gingham will allow the Enlightened Hospitality Group to put even more attention on expanding their "Fabric of Social Dining" projects outside of San Diego. James Brennan, EHGRP's CEO, says that they're focusing "on the national rollout of the company's two premier brands (Searsucker and Herringbone.) We will open a third Searsucker in Austin, next month, followed by a second Herringbone in Los Angeles scheduled to open at the end of 2013.''
Though Gingham's new owner is still unknown, a tipster told Eater that the restaurant may reopen for business as soon as next week.
· Malarkey's Restaurant Gingham Closes [U-T]
· Gingham Restaurant [Official Site]