7 to nothing

It’s really true, verified in person: 7 has left the premises and there’s nothing there, after all the effort that went into this ambitious local restaurant venture and so soon after an expansion into space next door.

What business was like on weeknights, I don’t know, but during the weekend busy times it certainly was busy; that’s why there were places outside to accommodate patrons while they waited to be seated.

The space was immaculate. The fish and seafood were as fresh as could be, and wild, not farmed. The website was not easily found (it’s still up). The concept of requiring the befuddled patron to select the sauce, if any, and the style of preparation, wasn’t intimidating, but it was certainly a bit of an irritation to have to consider how many ounces of fish should go on the plate.

Austinites will go out for catfish and also for oysters and shrimp, and Austinites will catch a lunch at Quality Seafood (now with a fresh oyster bar, the sign says), but most wouldn’t call this a town with an appreciation for much beyond that, especially not at the prices required.

Marc Katz had a steaks-chops-seafood place on Sixth at the IH-35 end and Maceo’s had a go in the warehouse district before it was the warehouse district. They were great but didn’t last. McCormick & Schmick draws diners with its ever-changing oyster samplers, but probably depends a lot for revenue on its active bar scene.

Seven, also known as 7, you will be missed. If you had to close, I hope you did so while your partners and investors were ahead of the game.

2 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on October 10th, 2005 @ 4:30 pm

    Damn. I’d heard good things about that place, but hadn’t really investigated. Now that your post prodded me into checking out the website, I’m sorry I missed it.

    Not having been there, I can only speculate, but your mention of the array of choices required: type of fish, portion size (and the accompanying price calculation) and sauce as a possible reason for their demise dovetails nicely into Stepan’s weekend post.

  2. Polly Jackson (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 8:37 am

    Good, but far too expensive.

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