Casey Lane's Downtown Restaurant the Parish Closes

exterior of The Parish
exterior of The Parish
Anne Fishbein

The Parish, chef Casey Lane's downtown restaurant, has closed. The beautiful two-story, farm-to-table gastropub, the upstairs deck of which resembled more the deck of a 19th-century ship than the patio of a modern bar and restaurant, closed suddenly after Monday service.

"At the end of the day, there's no story there. It made some money, it lost some money; we decided to move on," Lane told us by phone this morning. The restaurant, which opened its doors in July 2012, closed because Lane and his business partners got an offer on the building that was too good to pass up. And although they had listed the building a while ago, to keep their options open, Lane said the offer came very suddenly -- hence the quick shuttering of the popular restaurant.

The building, which Lane and his partners owned, is a gorgeous old location on Spring Street. The Parish, if you remember back some, went into the space once occupied by Angelique Café, a lovely old French bistro where they used to turn out duck confit as some of us make toast.

Lane acknowledged that the downtown market for his kind of cooking (see: handmade pastas and breads, whole-animal cookery, much pickling, excellent cocktails, sometimes porchetta and poutine) didn't quite rise to his expectations, and that closing the Parish was a mutual decision -- although one that many diners will mourn.

But instead of mourning for too long, maybe just make reservations at the Tasting Kitchen, Lane's also quite amazing restaurant on Abbot Kinney. Get in line.

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