February 23, 2011
Exit Plum Blossom, enter all things garlic

There's plenty of mystery but not much intrigue about the sudden closing of Plum Blossom, the semi-popular, semi-decent Chinese food joint on J Street at 19th.

When I was out walking the dogs the other night, I noticed the windows had been papered over (I applaud this progressive re-use of The Bee), and a sign said the place had closed. It was pretty much "Thanks, we're outta here."

Now, we learn via friend and reporter Suzanne Hurt's story in the Sacramento Press, that the prime location isn't sitting idle for long.

The Garlic Shack, owned by Ken Powers, will be open soon, featuring late-night hours and a menu with prices under $15 composed of food showcasing garlic, as in, everything will have garlic.

If you're like me and not exactly excited by the garlic-a-go-go theme, it's worth getting excited about the real estate/economic implications. No sooner had they plastered the windows with newsprint than a tenant stepped in willing and eager to open a restaurant. That's excellent news.

It's a great location, including room for outdoor seating. The food idea can certainly work if done right. We'll keep an eye on this and provide updates when the Garlic Shack is ready to start serving food. Hurt's story says to expect an opening in mid-March.

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