14 February 2013

Alto closing after tonight

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Goodfood brings word that Canberra’s top restaurant (in vertical metres at least) is closing its doors after getting the love birds out tonight.

Two years of unpaid rent can do that to a business.

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A shame, I’ve had some good grub there. Last time we went was for a quiet meal for a couple of friends who had just wed. It was a very good night.

Let’s hope it gets re-opened by someone with the flair to make a go of it.

poetix said :

John Moulis said :

… My father and uncle who established The Tower Restaurant in the 1980s and made it one of the top eating establishments in Canberra are both spinning in their graves at the moment.

That’s what comes of working too long in a revolving restaurant.

: standing ovation :

Watson said :

the lack of smaller/cheaper dishes for the 8yo.

Perhaps they were trying to encourage a lack of children/infants as most fine dining restaurants tend to do.

John Moulis said :

… My father and uncle who established The Tower Restaurant in the 1980s and made it one of the top eating establishments in Canberra are both spinning in their graves at the moment.

That’s what comes of working too long in a revolving restaurant.

It is terrible to see the decline (and now closure) of this establishment and how the owner systematically trashed the hard-won reputation of the restaurant and cafe/souvenir shop. My father and uncle who established The Tower Restaurant in the 1980s and made it one of the top eating establishments in Canberra are both spinning in their graves at the moment.

I hope someone offering better food and service will take over. I love that location. It is so very kitsch. But I haven’t been there in years because of the reports of atrocious service and – less important though – the lack of smaller/cheaper dishes for the 8yo. I’d still pay good money to dine there provided I won’t have to wait an hour to order and the grub is half decent.

I will never forget the time I took my European mother there and she got the strap of her handbag stuck between the wall and the rotating floor and had to chase it as it got dragged under our neighbour’s table. Hi-la-ri-ous! The tacky pianist slowly appearing and disappearing as you revolve around the middle part is very funny too.

Gungahlin Al said :

Huh…just got in with our 20th anniversary dinner last week.

What the hell did you do to make them close it down? (-:

Gungahlin Al9:18 pm 14 Feb 13

Huh…just got in with our 20th anniversary dinner last week.

I suspect they’ll come out of this quite good. New business in Braddon lined up, not having to wrestle with the ageing Telstra Tower and what I would guess are very high rents. And all the staff will be retained. All the best to them.

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