CONFESSIONS OF A                                                                  
A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Raw Deal (Roxanne's -- Larkspur, CA)

When we first heard that Roxanne's Restaurant in Larkspur was closing, we were a little bummed we never ate there. We procrastinated because, well, it seemed beyond pretentious. Cheese made out of nuts? Cold lasagna? Didn't sound too appealing but it was getting rave reviews so we figured we should try it out. Guess we were too late.

I would, however, like to state for the record that I called it from the moment they said they were closing. "Why," Jon asked, "would they close when they have been so successful?" To which I replied, "Well, Roxanne (Klein) owns it with her husband so my guess is divorce, one of them is sick or they're having a baby. It's got to be a life thing and not a business thing. All signs point to it being a successful restaurant, and besides, they're rich."

A few days later Grace Ann Walden (of the San Francisco Chronicle) reported that Roxanne told her that they were victims of their own success and their take-out business was taking customers away (no pun intended) from the restaurant, so they were only going to operate the take-out counter from now on. I wasn't buying it.

Two weeks later, Grace reported the take-out business was closing too, because (according to Roxanne), the couple was divorcing and, because of that, squabbling over who gets what.

It sucks for them, because I'm sure they are in a great deal of pain losing both their marriage and their restaurant. And it sucks for us, because as unappealing as it sounded, it was unique and innovative and now the chance to eat there is gone.

The upside is I love being right. I just wish I was right about something fabulous instead of something sucky.


"To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art."
--La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can always come to Minneapolis for a raw food experience at Ecopolitan. It's great!

4/28/2005 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! can I get in the loop if a new one pops up in the bay area.

7/16/2006 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you know that you really weren't right about a lot of those things

11/06/2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Anonymous #3,

No I did not (obviously). Do enlighten me.

11/06/2007 3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a friend who was there the night it fell apart for Roxanne. Her husband walked into the kitchen and discovered Roxanne having sex on the food prep counter with one of the investors. The husband announced to the patrons that he had good news and bad news. The good news was that the tabs were on the house. The bad news is that everyone had to leave immediately. So, yes, a restaurant whore is an apt description.

6/07/2010 8:18 PM  

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