According to Lesley Groetsch, who owns Sazerac and Tingles with her husband, Jack, a financial business partner in Tingles has decided to close the restaurant.
Groetsch says that the restaurant will reopen in the same space with a different format and complete re-branding (including a new name) in approximately three weeks, but the plan has not yet been solidified or clearly laid out to her.
“It comes as a shock to us,” says Groetsch. “We were getting glowing feedback from guests and our employees are like family, so it’s hard for us to watch them go through this.”
Groetsch says that, in response to customer feedback, the Tingles restaurant management was in the process of lowering prices and removing some of the less profitable items. “This economy has been tough on people, so were were working to respond to that,” says Groetsch who adds that the quick change in format seems slightly puzzling to her.
Groetsch says that she and her husband’s future role in the business is unclear. “But we’re still here and we will roll with this.” She adds that the free time will enable her to focus more on her radio career, as co-host of Local Edge Radio on 880 The Revolution. She also says that chef Zeb McDermott, who has been at the helm of both Sazerac and Tingles for the past year, will be able to “spread his wings” and has some new plans for the menu at Sazerac.
Never one to lose her sense of humor, Groetsch says that her major regret is that Tingles mascot Jingles the cow “will no longer be tweeting.”
There is no word yet on what the new restaurant will be.