The restaurant is the type of fancy, pricey place husbands took wives for a romantic dinner, or other special occasions. And that’s part of the problem, says chef and owner Rudy Liebl. On holidays the restaurant was packed. The rest of the year, not so much. He says fewer people are seeking out fine dining. Liebl says he’s also ready for a break.
“I’m going to be 75 years old, so it’s probably time,” he says. “But I don’t know how I’m going to handle retirement after 60 or 90 days. I might do something else.”
The restaurant, which Liebl opened, has spent all 37 years in the same spot in Fig Garden Village, tucked away near Jamba Juice. Manager Sam Cheah has been there for 26 years. I’m betting the next few weeks — and especially Valentine’s Day — are going to be packed with well wishers.
“I’m going to miss my customers, especially my loyal ones” Liebl says. “Sometimes I feel good about [closing] and sometimes I feel sad about it.”
A shopping center representative confirmed that Pieology Pizzeria, a growing California pizza chain, will open in the space this summer.