Some of you might remember that a while back I wrote a review about a Civil War themed restaurant called GrantLee's Florida Brigade Tavern and Grill. Overall it was a disaster to put it mildly. You can read the review here and be sure to take a look at a couple of follow up comments that were left; none by the management you will notice. Well, less than four months later I have some updated news for you that was posted on their Facebook page today:
TO ALL THE LOYAL CUSTOMERS: We are sorry to say that GrantLee's Florida Brigade is officially closed for business... due to lack of income/business, we regret to inform everyone that we are closing the doors for good tonight. We thank all of you for your continued support! We worked hard day in and day out to make this place work, but at the end of the day: it wasn't enough. Next year we are opening something a little smaller, in a better location. See everyone around!! (and a special thanks to all our very LOYAL employees that stuck it out with us up until the end!! We cant say thanks enough to you guys!!)
That is correct, they made it less than four months before having to close the doors. Unfortunately for them there were a lot of strikes working against them: a location that forced folks to drive by many other options before getting there, poor food, poor service, poor management based upon other reviews I have read, a most unusual name that really meant nothing to those not interested in the Civil War and was completely ridiculous to those that are interested, and did I say bad food and service. The owners supposedly operated another restaurant (in Maine if I remember correctly but I could be wrong on that) but based upon this I find it hard to believe. It's really too bad considering there is not a good bar-b-que restaurant around here. This place COULD have done better. Of course it SHOULD have had good food and service.
Thinking back to the parade of restaurants that have tried to operate in this building all I can say is: NEXT!