Ole Ole flops after only five months
Ole Ole, the three-floor tapas bar on King East that replaced Kultura, has shuttered a mere five months after its debut. One report on Chowhound paints a picture of uncleared tables, dead flowers, and notice posted to the door from the landlord seizing the property due to unpaid rent.
Reached on the phone, owner Andrew Lopez cited internal issues amongst managing partners as the cause for the demise of the restaurant, but hinted that the concept could reopen at a new address -- and presumably with a different ownership structure.
The restaurant launched last September with an expansive menu billed as Spanish-meets-Mexican tapas from 23-year-old chef Rodrigo Aguilar-Salas. While the food was generally well received, any praise was overshadowed by complaints about poor service, long wait times and small portions.
The familiar tale is also being played out at another nearby heritage building-cum-restaurant. The even shorter-lived, Olde Towne Bistro & Oyster Bar has closed after only three months.