Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Food News: Veil's closing this week, more

I know this is only the beginning---the economy (even if it is relatively strong here vs elsewhere) is going to start taking names and some of Seattle's most unique restaurants are bound to fall. Today comes news of the impending closure of Veil. Read the sad news on the Seattle Mag food blog.

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7 comments:

Peabody said...

That's a bummer, I really liked that place.

matt wirght said...

You know, I never went to veil, and I lived just a few blocks up the street from it when it first opened.

Some things that turned me off:
It looked seriously pretentious

Some friends that went said it was seriously pretentious

The decor is so cliche, and the food tries to be something different, but lacks appeal

Whenever I would drive past late at night, outside was just groups of over dressed "cool" 20 somethings..

I just always got the impression of lousy style over substance. Shame, because I hate to see any restaurant go, even if it isn't my taste.

Ali Scheff said...

I agree re the sad part of watching restaurants die. The risk of having the more unusual places die (even when they're not your style) is that Seattle'll go back to being the city of "safe" restaurants. I wasn't a fan of Veil either, but I also don't want a whole city full of your steak-potato-roasted chicken places...

matt wright said...

Ali - Seattle seems full of restaurants right now that are far removed from the safe side of food. Take Crush, Harvest Vine, Union, Lark for instance.

The problem with Veil I think was just that it seemed pretentious, and Seattle just isn't in that place.

Ali Scheff said...

I guess I was just speaking molecular gastronomy-wise. There seems to be a safe dabbling--Spur, for instance, is doing foams--but no one's diving full-force into it. And I think it'd be wonderful to see restaurants doing something really daring here. I don't see how Lark, Harvest Vine and Union are daring, though, unless you're speaking to their choice to use offal in many dishes. But the preparation of dishes is rather traditional...

matt wright said...

No, they aren't daring, but they aren't "Steak-potato-roasted chicken" places.

Andrea said...

I am disappointed that Veil had to close. Aside from the fact that it was one of my favorite places to eat, it is worrisome to see Seattle businesses close. I had some memorable evenings there and enjoyed the comfy bar for lounging with friends and meeting people, and the food- to die for scallops, mini burgers, the famous "Vinyl Epiphany" and my all time favorite drink "Meadow" that I now make at home. Veil was different, something new and not average, something different for different people, a place I will miss. Hats off to you Eric, and please let us know when you will turn up again.