A reader e-mailed a few days ago with the news that Chili’s on Locust is closed. Indeed, a sign posted in the door says as much, advising any Chili’s fans out there to check out their locations in Concord and San Ramon.
That’s okay. I never went to Chili’s. Other places in downtown that have always appealed to us, as a family, more. Besides, I never forgave Chili’s for taking over the property that was once occupied by this locally run, old-style Italian restaurant. Does anyone remember the name? I don’t remember the food, but I remember the bar, with red-leather booths and bar stools.
It felt like it could have been in a Sinatra/Martin/Davis, Jr. Rat Pack movie, and that’s why my newspaper friends and I liked to get drinks there.
I’m sure others are eyeing that property pretty closely, especially restaurateurs. Across the street from Crogan’s Bar and Grill, and Pyramid Brewery–but also next door to Spin Ultra Lounge.