Monday, March 20, 2006

Gourmet Gone

I don't live in Brookline, but I go there pretty often, to eat or catch a movie at the Coolidge Corner Theater. One of my favorite stops was Zathmary's, but, according to this morning's Globe, no more:
Yesterday, dozens of former customers made their Sunday pilgrimage to Zathmary's in search of goat cheese pizza, apple ginger scones, and a morning cappuccino. But their expectant smiles turned to frowns of consternation as they found the doors locked, lights dimmed, and chairs sitting atop tables. The popular gourmet food store and Coolidge Corner institution had closed. Zathmary's other location, in Needham Heights, also recently shut down.
Now where will I get tamago (egg) sushi for my son while we're waiting to go to a movie? Or a really great pastry? Or some of those awesome half-sour dill pickles from Brooklyn?

It always seemed pretty busy to me, but I guess looks are deceiving. Very sad for the owners, customers, and the neighborhood.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very sad for all of the vendors, Michael Szathmary closed his doors leaving a 1/2 million dollars in debt to small local wholesalers.

7:21 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

It's very sad all around. As a former manager of a small business (for someone else--a print shop), every unpaid (sizable) bill was painful. Szathmary was quoted in the Globe last week saying he'd like to get back into the food business, but he believes that he's essentially burned his bridges in that area. Too true.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Fraulein said...

My babysitter tells me that in Brookline Village this morning, she saw an empty storefront with a sign that read, "Future Home of Zathmary's." I wonder what THAT's about?

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Szathmary's beautiful and very brave wife. Melissa, passed away on April 4, 2006 after a very lenghty battle with cancer... When his restaurants closed their doors, he must have known that the end was very near for Melissa...

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote each and everyone of you are fucking fags and dont know about what happened to him nor the whole story about his life and family so i vote you get the fuck out of everyone business and leave everyone alone...get a fucking life you pricks...

5:16 PM  

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