Tonight was the last night of service at the 15 year old restaurant Old Devil Moon. There was an unofficial goodbye party from the block, mostly the garden. Being mid-winter and without anything to argue about such as whose allowed to drink and when, who left the garbage behind, who is not tending their garden well enough, who doesn't help shovel, who is growing weeds etc., it was a pleasant gathering. By 7:00 they had run out of red wine, beer, beef, burgers and more. One waitress was tending the whole place, so service was slow, but nobody minded. The owners were not around.
Before this was Old Devil Moon, it was The Continental. It had the air of being a restaurant, but I tried to eat there very soon after they opened, and it became clear within minutes that they didn't actually serve food to customers. I hate when that happens, it makes me feel so naive. They were the drug kingpins of the block and very blatant about it. During the summer of 1993 (or 94?) they put tables on the sidewalk (no permit) and had a Latin band every Saturday night, opening their glass double doors wide all night long for their weekly private street party. The music stopped around 5am. They were finally shut down, and it was all happiness when Old Devil Moon arrived in their place, with their southern style food, long lines at brunch, solstice street celebrations and sexy bakery.
Hopefully the next thing that opens will be as good a neighbor as they have been. But from the vibe around the streets my guess is that it will remain vacant for a long time.
After writing this I saw an email from someone saying they heard it's going to be an organic restaurant. Will Jubb be back in a different guise? Or are the same owners just changing the theme? I wish I had seen that email before I went in there tonight or I would have asked more questions. I"m not a very good reporter, with the question asking thing.