Hello there. Elena writing here (as it has been for the last 5+ years, even though Dennis’ photo comes attached to these e-mails…) I have some important news to share with you. News that makes me sad, but that is also a good thing for us right now.
The time has come to bid this wonderful adventure known as Sea Rocket Bistro goodbye. It pains me to tell you this because I will miss you all terribly – you, our friends, neighbors, and guests whom we’ve gotten to know so well over the years – but after over half a decade working to bring our locally-inspired menu to life, we’ve had to accept that the costs of doing business this way exceed the restaurant’s ability to make money. It’s been the most amazing experience I’ve ever had and I have been honored to meet all of the people the bistro has brought into my life, but we’ve decided to accept an offer from a new restauranteur and allow our space to host a fresh new idea. Our home in the Lynhurst will be remodeled and reconcepted into a totally different kind of eatery, but more info on that will follow in the coming weeks as it develops…
As it now stands, Sunday, December 8th will be our last day in business as Sea Rocket Bistro.
Dennis & Elena, New Year’s Eve 2008…our first year in business…good times!
Dennis and I have relished our culinary creation for many years, and are incredibly satisfied that we were able to bring our concept of local, sustainable foods to our little corner of North Park for the last 5.5 years. The Rocket took some time to develop into what it is today, and it has often been a roller coaster of a ride (what other restauranteur won’t say the same thing!?) but when I think back on the last couple of years in particular, my heart swells with pride at what our baby has grown into. Our team of hard working industry pros helped us bring our dream alive, and most of our staff have been with us for 2 or even 3 years now, which is a lifetime in this industry!
We are so grateful for all of the spirit and appreciation you have brought through our doors. The years of long days and economic struggles were worth it because of you, because of your enjoyment of our menu, because of your support of all of the worthy organizations we’ve hosted fundraisers for, because of your shared love of real, hand-made foods and craft beer, and because of your commitment to community. We would have been nothing without you, and we will remember you fondly and hope to run into you on the street, in our other local watering holes, or at the farmer’s markets.
Thank you for your enduring enthusiasm, your smiles, and your appetites! It has been a pleasure and an honor to feed you, know you, and spend quality time with you. We hope to see you one last time in the next few weeks as we prepare to close our doors – we may shed a tear as we near the end, but we’ll try to keep in mind the saying that begins “When one door closes…”
We hope to see you again through the next open door, wherever that may lead!