This, my friends, comes as a complete surprise to me. All the area Encore Bistro restaurants, including the former Sturkey’s location, have abruptly shut down. This is sad. It’s a local chain that had great promise, moderate prices, wine dinners, and a decent wine list. Here is the entire article from today’s Business Courier:
Encore Bistro & Bar, which embarked on a national expansion program two years ago, has
permanently closed its four restaurants in the Cincinnati area,
including its Wyoming location that was converted from Sturkey’s
earlier this year.
The Encore chain was founded by Cincinnati restaurateur and chefs
Paul and Pam Sturkey and West Chester developer and homebuilder Ed
Rogerson. The Sturkeys, who now operate another West Chester
restaurant, Mesh, sold their interest in Encore last year.
A sign posted on the door of the Wyoming restaurant states that it
has been permanently closed and directs employees to call its corporate
office in West Chester. Employees will be paid, it said. Calls to the
office were not being answered Monday.
A Wyoming city worker said the restaurant was open over the weekend but apparently closed Sunday or Monday.
The three other area locations are in West Chester, Symmes Township and Springboro.
A spokeswomen at the Encore Bistro in Naples, Fla., said it remains
open for business under a different ownership group than the Cincinnati
outlets. An Encore restaurant in Charlotte, N.C., also remains open.
The Sturkeys opened Sturkey’s in Wyoming in 1998, then launched the Encore chain with a cafe in West Chester.
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