After more than two years in business, Mighty Tavern in Fair Oaks is closing after dinner service on Saturday, Dec. 19, owners Joan Reid Lapuyade and Dennis Lapuyade announced on Friday morning via e-mail.
Here's their message in its entirety.
With sadness and gratitude, we will close the Mighty Tavern doors after dinner service on Saturday, December 19, and bid a fond farewell to the friends who’ve supported our venture for the past 2+ years. Mighty Tavern was born from the belief that our Fair Oaks neighbors needed a cozy spot to gather over good, seasonal food and craft drinks. We still believe this. But it’s time for Joan to focus her energy on other dreams in the Bay Area, and Dennis to enjoy a new life in Switzerland. Joan is selling/leasing the Mighty Tavern business. We are grateful for our talented staff, our local purveyors, and of course the loyal customers who helped make us successful. We’re proud of the accolades that Mighty Tavern received from the media and our fans. Please come enjoy an evening at Mighty Tavern, and say hello when you’re here.
The restaurant's closure comes just weeks after the Sacramento Bee's Carla Meyer gave the restaurant a mild review. While she loved the burger and sitting at the bar, she called the rest of the rest of the entree list "unimaginative" and the formal dining room reminiscent of restaurants from the 1970s and '80s. Read the entire review in the Sacramento Bee.
The restaurant has been in flux lately. Talented chef Jason Azevedo left Mighty Tavern earlier this year for Paragary Restaurant Group's Esquire Grill, and was recently promoted to chef de cuisine at Hock Farm, another Paragary property. Azevedo was replaced by Christian Flood, who also recently left to run the kitchen at the new Hawks Public House.
Dennis Lapuyade, who co-owns the restaurant with his ex wife Joan Reid Rapuyade, also moved to Switzerland in August.
Prior to Mighty Tavern, the space previously housed the restaurant La Boheme for two decades.
I've only eaten there once, when Chef Azevedo worked there and found the cuisine delightful. However, it's a hike from Downtown, and we never made it back. I wish the employees of the restaurant good luck.
Mighty Tavern is located at 9634 Fair Oaks Blvd in Fair Oaks, and can be found online at http://www.mightytavern.com/.
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