It seems that merely calling yourself “local” does not necessarily endear you to the neighborhood. Inside Scoop is reporting that after two and a half years in business, Local’s Corner will close by the end of November. Plagued by repeated protests and vandalizations over accusations that the restaurant refused to seat a Latino family (among other things), Local’s Corner struggled to find its place in the surrounding neighborhood.
In an open letter, owner Yaron Milgrom explains that he considered opening a different restaurant in the same location, but in the end decided against it:
We considered a pivot and shift, to reopen with a different restaurant. Though recently, as we weighed next steps, we bore significant departures of kitchen management, including Timmy, Chef de Cuisine of Local’s Corner, who will be headed to Seattle.
The operational challenge of hiring, emotional loss of losing key staff, and cumulative financial losses made an easy conclusion of a hard decision.
But don’t fret— you’ll still be able to purchase your favorite nine dollar artisanal yogurt as the other parts of the “Local” empire (Local Mission Eatery, Local Cellar, and Local Mission Market) remain open.
[Photo: Steve Rhodes]