Govind Armstrong's challenged upscale seafood chain, with locations in LA and New York, has severed its weakest link: South Beach.
As reported in the Miami Herald bankruptcy column today, Table 8 has filed for Chapter 7. For those of you not familiar, this means full-on liquidation -- and not of the ocean type.
8 Oz. Burger Bar, a popular meat and bun-focused spin-off, will remain open. Co-owner Eric Fried relayed to Short Order in a phone conversation today that, despite sharing a common brand and executive chef in Armstrong, the two restaurants "have absolutely no financial relationship."
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Table 8, which opened on South Beach in December 2006, had been on shaky ground for a while with both customers and critics. "Market-driven California cuisine" may have a place in South Florida, but its going to take a more hands-on approach than what Armstrong was willing to invest.