Chow What Happened to 1200 Bistro?
posted by December 3 at 12:45 PMon
I’ve heard from at least two people today—both asked not to be quoted—that 1200 Bistro unexpectedly closed for business over the weekend. Employees who had shifts got calls telling them that not only did they not have to come in to work during the snowstorm, but that they no longer had jobs.
Here’s what we do know. The ownership of 1200 Bistro recently changed hands. When Barry Rogel, who also owns the Deluxe, bought it in August told the Seattle Times he planned to revamp the wine list and make the menu cheaper.
The new menu wasn’t a hit. The most recent review of the 1200 Bistro in The Stranger’s reader reviews—posted a couple weeks ago—reads:
Went to check out the new 1200 and was very disappointed. Bad service, even bad host service. The waiter said the soup of the day was a “terrific beet borscht.” What arrived was hamburger stew, no beets with an oniony beef broth. The waiter put it down on the table and with out even a hint of apology declared the soup was the way “peasants made borscht” and turned on his heel and left before I could even say “Where’s the beets?.” I am sure he thought he had pulled a fast one on some rubes. Things went down hill from then on. The waiter’s smugness was amusing.
I just called the restaurant to find out what happened and got an outgoing voicemail message saying: “Thank you for calling the 1200 Bistro and Lounge. We regret to inform you that the restaurant is now closed. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their loyal support while we were open, and we wish you happy holidays. Thank you, again.”