There's an intrinsic heartbreak when a restaurant shutters. No matter what you thought of the place, it signals an end to the hope and energy and optimism that you know was there when it first launched.
But some closures are more heartbreaking than others, at least for the dining public, as we're left with nothing to feast on but unrequited cravings and foggy memories when one of our favorites closes its doors for good.
Once again we asked readers to tell us their most-missed restaurants and got a long list of comments. Several readers even listed places that live on in one form or another (Virginia's Cafe, Brasserie Montmartre) because they missed the originals.
This past year brought some very surprising shutters: Wildwood, Pal's Shanty, Produce Row, Boxer Sushi. Who saw those coming? So as the year draws to a close, we've updated our Sadness Heatmap to reflect those passings, as well as a few more reader favorites were were able to pin down.
But there is a silver lining. Last time we ran this map in January 2013, readers' most-missed restaurant was Billy Schumaker's Taqueria Nueve. And this year, T9 made a comeback.Read More