My "Counter Culture" restaurant-review column in last Friday's Ticket section was a sampling of tasty dishes served at various restaurants around town. Included was a go-to favorite, Faith's Crepes at the Quarry Ponds Center in Granite Bay.
What a shock to learn that hard-working owner Faith Loo had to shutter her creperie, effective yesterday. Efforts to reach her by phone and e-mail today were unsuccessful.
In part, her farewell at www.fatithscrepes.com says:
"I have truly loved getting to know you and your families and have appreciated your continued support as the creperie grew from a small corner window to a full-sized bistro (over the past 18 months). Unfortunately, (I had to close) due to financial hardship caused by increased expenses. ... I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to share my passion for crepes with you and yours. Here's to new beginnings!"
The restaurant business is risky, especially in our struggling economy. The Sacramento-area landscape has seen many fine places close their doors over the past year, including the Red Lotus, Brew It Up, L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen, the Market at Pavilions, California Pizza Kitchen's 15th and L street location (a sports bar is coming to that site) and Slocum House.
On the other hand, new places seem to spring up regularly. The Selland Group just opened a restaurant in the Town Center in El Dorado Hills, modeled after the popular Selland's Market Cafe in East Sacramento.
In recent months, several places have moved in to Palladio center in Folsom, including Blue Nami sushi house, Chicago Fire pizzeria, Panera Bread and Freebirds World Burrito, with a Chops steakhouse expected to be operating by April.
My colleague Blair Anthony Robertson wrote about three newbies in Sunday's A&E section: the Porch, Mongo Mongo Mongolian BBQ, and Monsoon Indian Bar & Grill, all in Sacramento's downtown area.