Why District Had to Die

District Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

“So we had the critics. Great. We had the people coming in to write the reviews. Great. But nobody else came in. So what’s the point of leaving it open? Nobody cared. Nobody cared about the menu, nobody cared about the food, except the food critics. Which is wonderful, and I’m glad they enjoyed themselves, but the public didn’t care.” — Hollywood restaurateur George Abou-Daoud, on why he felt he had to close his acclaimed restaurant District. [Squid Ink]