George Mahe first reported
yesterday evening that Delmar Loop mainstay Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar
could be closing. Or, as Mahe put it, "If Riddle's Penultimate Café & Wine Bar is still open, it's not doing a very good job of convincing the public of it."
In fact, the restaurant is closed -- "until further notice," at least. The very latest is after the jump.
Riddle's closed during the final two weeks of October for its "annual
vacation." However, it didn't reopen Monday, November 1, as the
restaurant had stated it would, nor was it open Tuesday. No one answers
the phone at the restaurant.
This morning, in response to a question posted on its official Facebook page
, someone responding in the restaurant's name stated the following:
Riddle's is closed until further notice! We are
hoping to reopen but no timetable has been set. We are sorry for the
inconvenience.Update: (Wednesday, 11.3, 10:37 a.m.) Riddle's website also now states that it is closed until further notice.
(Wednesday, 11.3, 11:39 a.m.) According to Case.net, on October 28, the
owner of 6307 Delmar Boulevard, Bobby's Creole Inc., filed a suit in
St. Louis County for "AC Rent and Possession" against A&P Eateries
Inc. (Riddle's) and Katherine (better known as KT) Ayers, the owner of
Longtime St. Louis residents might remember Bobby's
Creole as the restaurant owned by Bob Suberi, first in University City
(including at Riddle's current address) and then in Maplewood.
Gut Check has reached out to Ayers, Suberi and Suberi's lawyer for additional information. Updates as I have them.
Update #3: (Wednesday, 11.3, 4:15 p.m.) I was able to get in touch with KT Ayers over email. She had this to say about Riddle's:
Circumstances in my life made it impossible to put in the time and effort that it has been taking to pull this restaurant thing off. We tried bringing someone else in, but that really seemed to compromise a lot of the Riddle's brand. We are looking at a couple different roads right now, but nothing is in stone. What I can tell you is that I won't be operating Riddle's in the near future, and neither will my father.