The morning started off with a bit of sad news from Jess Voelker: Capitol Hill restaurant Tidbit Bistro will close on August 27. The last brunch service will be this Sunday, August 21. The closure comes barely a year after owners John van Deinse and Nicola Longo relocated the Italian-Spanish bistro to its current location on Broadway in a corner of the Harvard Market complex. This being Capitol Hill, a new restaurant concept is already slated to move into the space.
In its four years in business, Tidbit struggled at times, but amassed a group of loyal regulars and a jaw-dropping Twitter following, currently hovering just below 19,000 people. Next week the restaurant will serve dinner only, featuring favorite dishes from the last four years, grappa flights and wine specials.
Van Deinse told Voelker the closure is "kind of a good thing" as he and Longo are pondering moving to a sunnier climate. According to the official dispatch on the closure, Longo will return to his original work as an engineer, while van Deinse wants to become more involved in the wine industry, or work with grappa, which was a specialty of the house.
· Tidbit Bistro to Close [Seattle Met]
· Tidbit Bistro’s John van Deinse on Closure: “It’s kind of a good thing.” [Seattle Met]
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