Pasion, Center City’s first Nuevo Latino restaurant, closed this past Sunday. We reported earlier that Pasion’s chef, Guillermo Pernot, was poached by rival restaurant Cuba Libre. Even though Pernot maintained a financial stake in Pasion, restaurant co-owner Michael Dombkoski told the Inquirer’s Michael Klein that he blames Pernot’s absence for the restaurant’s failure:
“Everyone knew he wasn’t in his kitchen,” said Dombkoski, who also cites a lack of convention business, heightened competition (including the city’s crop of BYOBs) and a burgeoning trend to more casual dining.
Klein also reports that a Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House franchise will open in the former Packard building in a space formerly slotted for House of Blues.
Inqlings: The fires are out at ¡Pasion! [Inquirer]
Pasion [Official Site]
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House [Official Site]
House of Blues [Official Site]