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Eli Bistro Is Closed

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Eli Bistro Is Closed

We just noticed today that Eli Bistro is closed. It's sister restaurants in Orange Beach (Villaggio, Ginny Lane, and Zen) are still open. It's a real loss for Gulf Shores.

Gulf Shores, AL
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1. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Saw them moving stuff out this evening. I guess the seasonal nature of this area couldn't support them. That location hasn't had much luck. Seems like it would be better...

Cajun Country
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2. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Closed for good?

Birmingham, Alabama
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3. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Yes, unfortunately.

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4. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

:( so sad. I loved that place. Food and service were great.

Little Rock, AR
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5. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

I'm really sorry to hear this news. We had brunch there this past summer & the food & service were excellent. I realize it was a bit nicer than many of the "tourist-type" places down there but that's what made it special. I wonder if the location had an impact, as well as the recovering economy.

Gulf Shores, AL
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6. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Saw someone doing some kind of work in that space yesterday, so maybe another restaurant will open there. The three that have tried so far couldn't make it profitable. Maybe a Cajun-Ethiopian Nouveau Kosher Fusion Tapas bar...

Edited: 05 January 2013, 17:29
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7. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Just a few yards away is Cactus Flower, probably the best Mexican restaurant in this area. I hope it lasts longer than Elli.

Birmingham, Alabama
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8. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Cactus Flower is fantastic - a nice break from typical Mexican food.

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9. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Got the word tonight...Rafters will be moving into the space previously occupied by Elli Bistro. For those who don't know, Rafters is a sports bar with pretty decent bar food. They have been open at the Wharf for the past few years. I'm happy because it puts Rafters closer to my house. Their pulled pork sandwich is excellent, as are their wings and quesadillas.

The space they are moving into was originally a sports bar, anyway, so the floor plan fits their gig.

Okay, the real reason I like Rafters is that it is one of the very few places in GS where I can get Guinness on tap... :)

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10. Re: Eli Bistro Is Closed

Not a good omen for The Wharf. Shuckers has moved away, and now Rafters.