This was the message that greeted diners on Refuel’s final night of service last evening. Akemi and I showed up for our 6:00 p.m. reservation to find the place packed. We were greeted by the friendly staff, then welcomed by the ever-affable Katherine who informed us it would be a big curtain closer on account of the restaurant’s many regulars who, liked myself, had booked one final blowout meal. As a special thank you, Chef Jane and the staff had apparently prepared a few farewell surprises…
And that was that. Our final meal at a place that had become my home away from home these past five years. Akemi had only known it two (one of which we spent in Toronto) but was nevertheless upset by the fact that it had been taken out of our dining rotation. She went through the three stages of Japanese grief –
I finally talked her down to acceptance. But she wasn’t happy about it.
Before leaving, I got two bottle’s of the restaurant’s best wine and gifted them as a goodbye gift to the staff and kitchen crew (minus my modest two glass cut).
Here’s hoping our plates cross again in the not too distant future!