by Steven Doyle
Yesterday closed the final chapter of the Village Kitchen and its upstairs cousin, Toko V. In a special breaking story owner Mark Hearl vowed he would keep his restaurants open until the end of the month to give employees enough time to find new jobs, and in a text last night he said they all had. This means that both restaurants and the attached bar are no more.
There was some sad but happy celebrations happening in and out of the kitchen, as well as a bottle of Opus One being uncorked. We will miss many of the items that Chef Andre Natera offered such as his Pecan Lodge Brisket Flatbread. We will also remorse Natera’s special steak night, and lobster thermador night. Also gone are Natera’s version of a cronut, and his Fruity Pebbles shakes.
We will wait patiently on the side lines while the owners and Natera regroup and make their appearance elsewhere, and this will happen sooner than later.
Goodbye Pecan Lodge flatbread, we will miss seeing Natera at the Farmers market each week picking up his favorite brisket
Goodbye lobster roll