La Vista 101 has closed, chef-owner Greg Gordon announced on his personal Facebook page. The abrupt closure brings an end to the 20-year-old restaurant, which relocated from Briargrove to a new home in Lazybrook/Timbergrove last May.
Gordon made a number of changes when he moved to the new location. Specifically, the new La Vista dropped its former BYOB approach in favor of a full liquor license; additionally, Gordon brought on chef J.D. Woodward, formerly of Southern Goods, and general manager Jeb Stuart, formerly of Coltivare, to help him update La Vista's approach. By July, both Stuart and Woodward had departed, putting the focus more squarely on Gordon's Mediterranean-inspired cooking.
Unfortunately, the restaurant never caught on in its new home. Gordon made the difficult decision to close, because La Vista didn't generate enough revenue to remain viable, a representative tells CultureMap.
At this point, the chef's future plans are uncertain, but hopefully Gordon's pizzas, pastas, and other specialities aren't gone for good.