That Silver Lake’s Flor Morena Fine Foods is dead and gone is old news. But it’s demise festers and pesters. Open not much longer than the eight/nine months since it unceremoniously closed, every time I pass by the place (pictured above) at the Rowena/Glendale junction — such as I did yesterday — I surprise myself at how pissed off I am about it. Pissed off not just that it’s gone, but that the eatery in such a great space and a prime location with a nice complement of rare on-premises parking could fail so miserably and completely in so short a time after it’s much anticipated and seemingly welcomed arrival around the end of 2005. At the risk of jumping to conclusions whoever owned the place had to have suffered a catastrophic loss of some sort or had to be a special kind of clueless to screw this up.
Sure there’s ample evidence of developing discord. Plenty of bashings posted around the food blogs during its brief life can still be found: variations on the food/price/service is mediocre/sucks/crappy theme. But there was a fair share of people who liked what the placed offered, too. Personally the one time my wife and ate there we looked forward to coming back, but not long after poof, gone… no note, no notice of IRS or DEA seizure, no papered windows. It’s as if the place was built as a location for a filmshoot and then abandoned for maybe some hopefully more savvy restaurateurs to come in and revive.
But in that meantime all that’s left is its slowly decomposing corpse made all the more eerie when one peers inside and sees a scene that makes me imagine a suitcase neutron bomb had been detonated, destroying anything human within but leaving the place looking as if it could be a cupcake delivery and coffee brew from being open for business again (after the jump).
So can anyone shed some light, theories, conjecture as to what went wrong and what the future may hold? One can only hope its present dark status doesn’t last for anywhere near as long as it had after the previous Auto Bar got went black. The sooner the Flor Morena sign is painted out and a replacement restaurant opens up, the quicker I can let go of all of this hostility.