The lights were out at Kane Steakhouse last night. The front door was
locked. Through the tinted windows, stools could be seen
flipped upside down on the bar.
Earlier in the afternoon, cooks were spotted walking down Washington Avenue wondering what to make of the sudden closing. They told the valet attendant, who attends to La Locanda and the Dining Room as well, that they were sent home without jobs. Rumors were quickly spreading on the block. Some said that Kane is simply closed for a couple of weeks and will return. Others said this is the end.
Update: Vanessa Menkes, senior vice president of communications with the Opium Group, confirmed Kane's closing, issuing the following statement: "Kane Steakhouse has closed. An exciting new concept will be opening in the space very soon."
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If this is indeed the end of Kane, it isn't as if we didn't see it coming. For months, the restaurant has employed bored staff staring at the few tables they've been receiving on a nightly basis. Just last month, executive chef Daniel Ganem was fired. That turmoil comes within the first five months of existence.
A phone call was placed to Kane yesterday. It rang, offering nothing more than a recording of the hours of operation. Trying to book a reservation on my iPhone's OpenTable application, the error "We are currently unable to connect to Kane Steakhouse" was spit out. On OpenTable's website, Kane Steakhouse doesn't appear as available any longer.