To the surprise of no one, the controversial Escobar restaurant closed yesterday (June 10th, 2019) after selling to unknown buyers.
All told, Escobar managed a 14-month run at 4245 Fraser Street. To be honest, we are a little amazed it lasted that long. The otherwise ambitious, Latin-themed restaurant was named in exceptionally poor taste after the murderous Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar. The name choice was hated so much that owners Ari Demosten and Alex Kyriazis were faced with sign-carrying protestors picketing their front door, tons of negative media attention and no small amount of online fury.
Sticking to their guns, the owners refused to change the name, essentially mooting the quality of a dining experience that was never able to step beyond the shadow of the restaurant’s original (and entirely avoidable) sin. It is therefore interred here as a cautionary tale rather an institution of conspicuous consequence.