We received word last week that Recchiuti’s Dogpatch cafe, recently renamed ~THELAB~, has sadly closed. It ends up business has been good—in fact, dinner service was really picking up. But unfortunately the closure is due to some restrictions on their permit that they were not made aware of that went into effect in 2012 (like “no airborne oil,” which means no frying eggs in a pan—uh, there goes brunch). Speaking with Jacky Recchiuti, she said they are looking more into what their permit does and doesn’t allow, and are potentially going to convert it into a private event space. We will provide updates about what’s next for the location; stand by.
TheLab’s communal table and high-top tables. Photo: Tom Seawell Photography.