Last week Sebastian's Bistro (5518 Spring Garden), formerly home of Deco Restaurant, served the last supper.
The French-inspired cuisine has left an unsavoury taste in Bernard Smith's mouth, manager of Spring Garden area business association.
"It's unfortunate about Sebastian's," he says. "It could have worked. I don't think they really reached their stride. I tried to reach the proprietors and see if we could do anything, certainly they were still on good terms with the landlord. The landlord wasn't owed any rent. They just felt they couldn't carry on."
Sebastian's Bistro was a high-end and artfully decorated restaurant that opened just under a year ago. Smith speculates that some of the trouble keeping the business afloat could be related to the bus stop situated directly outside the restaurant's window and door. Diners felt as touch self-conscious.
"Restaurants are a very tricky business to be in. Look at il Mercato Restorante, they are full every night. What's the difference here?" he says. "Sometimes it's a question of being able to tough it out a bit longer. It's all a combination of price point, service and menu. I don't' claim to be in that business, but it's pretty apparent that you need to get those things right."