Rover’s Restaurant at 28th and Madison announced that it is closing after 25 years. Their last seatings will be in April 2013.
The Madison Valley restaurant’s chef Thierry Rautureau was on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters in 2010. He made it to the last episode before he was eliminated.
The closure does not affect Luc, which Rautureau opened next door to Rover’s in 2010.
There is another project in the works (but they’re not yet saying what it is). And no, Rover’s is not for sale.
The announcement from Rover’s:
After 25 years, Rover’s chapter is coming to an end in April.
Kathy and I are very grateful for all of you who have supported and shared with us some of your most precious moments over the years. Words are hard to find to thank all of you for believing in our vision and for your constant appreciation of our craft, so we will start with a big “Merci”!
Looking back at Rover’s ascent in the hospitality and culinary world over the years, it is still unbelievable, and even startling.
We have an enormous amount of gratitude for all the people who have participated in building this legacy, especially the customers, the employees and our purveyors.
We are turning over a new leaf, and we are moving onto exciting projects. We will keep you informed as things develop.
Thierry & Kathy Rautureau
PS: To correct some miss information, here is a little clarification for all:
Rover’s is not moving; it is ending a 25 years legacy.
We are not putting Rover’s up for sale; we are turning the lights off.
LUC is not affected by these changes.
Yes, we are working on a new project we cannot talk about at this moment, but stay tuned with The Chef In the Hat
Here’s a clip from Top Chef Masters:
When they first opened, they served a relatively inexpensive lunch, and we went there often. Dinner there has been pretty rare lately, but we have splurged on the fantastic Mother’s Day Brunches. Thierry is a man of talent, kindness and wit. Good Luck!
Rover’s has long been a restaurant catering to the very wealthy. I have little hope that it will be replaced by something affordable. Even Madison Park has affordable restaurants (pizza, etc). Wouldn’t this space be better used for something accessible to people who actually live in Madison Valley?
What’s wrong with catering to people who can afford to pay more? Classist much?