Monday, September 17, 2012
Palate's Wine Bottles, Held Hostage
What's even sadder than Glendale's once-lauded Palate shutting down? The fact that, like time standing still, the restaurant's wine bottles are still sitting on shelves in the bar, where they apparently have been stuck in limbo since Palate suddenly closed its doors in March.
Peering into the closed restaurant's windows the other day, I was reminded of the Original Spanish Kitchen on Beverly, which sat closed and untouched for decades. The story here is less interesting than the mystery of the Spanish Kitchen... and it's only been a few months. But hey, there are hundreds of bottles sitting there, waiting to be opened!
Above, the door remains shut at Palate. And below, the dining room, untouched since the last meal was served in March.
In April, Eater LA had the details behind Palate's shutter, and a message from chef Octavio Becerra; read it here. I can only assume that all that wine is tied up in litigation and with creditors; but in the meantime, I can only assume those bottles are getting bad, sitting exposed on those shelves and being hit by the sun.