On Friday we posted our Restaurant roll call for February, a compendium of that month's openings and closings. The big surprise was the closing of The Crushery; on February 28, owner John Davidson signed a deal to sell the spot to Kayvan Khalatbari, who'll turn the space at 1579 South Pearl Street into a second outpost of Sexy Pizza, which could open as early as this week.
Given all the other action that's happened along this strip since the start of the new year, it's not surprising that people are beginning to refer to the area as Pearl Street Harbor.
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Here's Whalenmich's response to the closing of the Crushery:
I am going to miss this place a lot. Truth is it was my Saturday ritual; I'd head over there get a sandwich off the menu, hang for an hour and relax. The place was so unique and cool, it's going to be hard replacing it with a 1/2 way decent pizza joint.
I prefer to see someone take up Chef John's vision of a liquid nitrogen ice cream in that location. That, or a chill niche bar, like Cheeky Monk or Brokers. Personally, with the exit of those two restaurants there is no good reason to go to South Pearl Street any more; it's just filled with pretentious douchebag shops.