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Dining News: Now Closed - Bistro Michel & Tucos in Davis

Bistro Michel, which has received both local and (surprisingly) national accolades has closed, reports the Sac Bee's Chris Macias.

A sign in front of the restaurant posted today simply said, “Bistro Michel is Closed - Out of Business.” The bistro’s website has gone dark and a call to the restaurant went straight to voice mail, with a message saying the restaurant is now closed.

Read the entire story in the Sac Bee.

I resist using Cowtown Eats as my personal Yelp to complain about poor dining experiences, but now that they're closed, I feel comfortable sharing an experience I had at Bistro Michel in May 2014. After a really enjoyable experience earlier in the year where I said that Bistro Michel was the best restaurant nobody was going to, I decided to go to there for my birthday with a group of 8 or 10. To help defray the cost, I went to Sac News & Review's Sweet Deals site, where restaurants generally trade advertising for gift certificates, which SNR turns into cash by selling it to people like you and me.

At the end of a several hundred dollar meal, we tried to use the gift certificates, which are generally considered the same as paying with cash, to cover about two thirds of the check. The owner declined to honor them, so we were stuck with a large unintended bill and stuck with gift certificates that we didn't need anymore. I called Sac News & Review, and they confirmed that the owner should have honored them, and called the owner to let him know. I went back to the restaurant to see if the owner would fix his error, but I never got a response. I don't know if it was the previous owner of Bistro Michel or the current one, but either way, they never received another dime of my money. I'm sad for those who lost their jobs, but not unhappy that the restaurant is closed.

Separately, Tucos in Davis closed on Monday, reports Sac News & Review's Janelle Bitker.

But according to its Facebook page, Tucos (130 G Street) closed on Monday. Its chef-owner Pru Mendez is closing up shop in order to dedicate time to his tech startup, Internet Age Fun Company...

Mendez also said in the announcement that he will keep Tucos as his startup’s headquarters, but he also alluded to the possibility of entertaining diners there as well.

Read the entire story in Sac News & Review.

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