Strega closing?!

Holy crap:

The announcement — which comes on the heels of the sudden shutdown of 7Stones, the luxury day spa that occupied the building’s first three stories — completes the stunning collapse of the Elements project less than a year after it opened.

Deanna Carr’s ambitious development mixed green design with a wealth of custom architectural detail, but it also ran into major delays and cost overruns. Originally pegged at $4 million, the six-story Elements Building eventually cost a reported $20 million and took three years to build.

What prompted Carr to close the spa and restaurant remains unclear. She has not returned numerous telephone messages from the newspaper seeking comment.

I did not see that coming.  And, apparently, neither did Strega:

“This came as quite a shock to me and the entire Strega team. We have been very busy in January, averaging over 200 covers a night,” Hutchings wrote.

“From what I can control, Strega is a financially viable restaurant, and one that is well-liked. The only reason we have been given is that the building has been sold, and the new owners have other plans for the space.”

I guess it was a good thing I finally made it there last night.  And it was pretty busy – not filled to capacity, but at least 75% full.  And the food was fantastic, especially the apple salad and the Alsea Acres goat cheese.  Too bad it won’t be open in the summer – I bet the view from the balcony is fantastic.

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