A "rising star." That's how Westword restaurant critic Gretchen Kurtz described Red Star Deli, a smashing sandwich joint that opened in the Icehouse, along with Studio F, a spacious culinary stage -- and pop- up venue -- for local and visiting chefs to shine in front of captive audiences, in March of last year. The deli, which was initially overseen by James Mazzio, who departed late in October -- and is now cooking in Aspen -- soon tapped Glenn Smith to take his place, but now Smith is gone. And so is Red Star Deli, which shuttered after lunch on Friday of last week.
See also: - Foodography: James Mazzio opens Red Star Deli in the Icehouse - Red Star Deli, pop-up dinners and a chef series all part of chef James Mazzio's vision - Year in Review: Red Star Deli lost its star chef
The adjacent spaces, located on the bottom floor of the historic loft building, were dark yesterday when I stopped in, the chalkboard sign in the deli thanking customers for their patronage, the Studio F space -- and the show kitchen that trumpeted some spectacular pop-up dinners by Mazio, Ian Kleinman, who owns the Inventing Room and Jenna Johansen, the chef of Epicurean Catering -- strewn with empty bottles.
But while the deli is reportedly closed for good, a tenant who works in the Old Map Gallery, just across the hallway from Red Star Deli, told me that the owners may hold on to Studio F, renting it out as an event space.
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Still, we'll miss those lofty sandwiches.