Graze, the trendy downtown restaurant that featured the culinary talents of chef Jephanie Foster, and its sister restaurant next door, Sanctuary Diner, have closed, two more victims of the economy.
Co-owner Ted Maines said, “There just was no way we were going to be able to make it through the summer,” a traditionally slow time for Orlando restaurants.
“We really believed in the concept,” said Maines. We had a very good staff and a great chef. It’s just not the right time.”
Sanctuary Diner had only recently changed formats. What was originally Fifi’s Patisserie changed over in February to a more casual diner concept.
As recently as last Friday, Graze was going good business, the bar area well-crowded. But it wasn’t enough to make up for overall slower times.
“A lot of the locals just aren’t eating out as much,” said Maines.
The two restaurants employed a total of 35 people.
Maines said they’ve had a couple of people interested in the spaces, but there are no confirmed contracts.