Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Abbey Closed? What on Earth Is Happening?

Posted By on Thu, May 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

click to enlarge The cast iron steak at the Abbey. - JOSH MORGAN
  • Josh Morgan
  • The cast iron steak at the Abbey.

In "I'd much rather report on places opening than places closing" news, KVOA's website has a photo from the front door of Brian Metzger's northeast side restaurant The Abbey, which says the space has been seized by Ventura-Pacific Development. 

UPDATE: I just talked to Brian Metzger, who referred to the situation as resulting from "an accounting and bookkeeping error" that compounded into the situation today, which was a surprise to him and the staff (hence the posts last night about the new menu), saying "I thought we reached an agreement, but I guess something changed." Metzger said that "it doesn't do anyone any good what happened today" and that he's still working to get the restaurant re-opened as soon as possible, even today, if he can help it. "The future of the Abbey is still bright....[Today's closure is] not good and I'm not happy about it, but hopefully cooler heads will prevail and I intend to make things right."

This is apparently not a particularly new development, because Abbygrace LLC, Metzger's company that ran The Abbey, has been in court with Ventura-Pacific quite a bit lately, starting in December of 2013 and seemingly ending with a final summary judgment in favor of Ventura-Pacific on April 4 after no one showed in court on March 14.

Even stranger, Brian Metzger was actively hyping the restaurant on Facebook last night, championing the restaurant's new menu (which did look quite tasty):

click to enlarge metzger_facebook_post.jpg

This currently leaves two Tucson restaurants for Metzger, the newish Poppy Kitchen at La Paloma and downtown's Gio Taco.

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