Five minutes after a group of men left La Vista 101, locking the doors behind them, a group of three women arrived for lunch Monday.
After discovering the restaurant was closed, the women were sorely disappointed.
“I loved that place,” one of them said. “That’s such a bummer.”
Owner Greg Gordon announced on his personal Facebook page that he has closed the restaurant at 1805 W. 18th St.
“Trying to survive for a year I can no longer keep doors open,” he wrote.
It’s a sad end for a spot that many were excited about. Gordon told The Leader before his May opening that he spent $1.1 million on the renovation of the former Pizza Hut, including $30,000 in structural changes.
The restaurant was called La Vista 101 because Gordon signed a 20-year ground lease for the spot April 11, which was the 101st day of the year. His former location in Briargrove was a longtime staple of the community. Unlike La Vista 101, it was BYOB.
Regarding the La Vista 101 menu, Gordon intended it to be eclectic.
“I don’t like calling it Mediterranean either but there will be Spanish influences, Italian influences,” Gordon said before the restaurant opened. “There will be a lot of vegetables and vegetarian dishes. Everything will be made fresh, including the pasta.”
During La Vista 101’s tenure, Gordon tweaked the restaurant’s offerings, reaching out to the community online to ask for advice.
In June, the restaurant touted specials online, such as 50 percent off bottles of wine and a “Women’s Appreciation Night” with 15 percent off a meal.
“I used to think you’re lucky to come to my restaurant,” Gordon told The Leader last winter. “Now I think I’m lucky that you want to come to my restaurant.”