Jack Bistro has been at University and 11th for 8 years. Not a long time, really, but people like the place because it's unpretentious and affordable ($10 lunch with soft drink). And now it's closing.
The goodbye sign states the reason for the closure: "the financial obstacles in operating a reasonably priced neighborhood restaurant have ultimately become too great for us to overcome."
A regular from the neighborhood got more specific. She told me, "The landlord is renting the space to a bank for $50,000 a month. Jack offered $30,000, but the landlord wanted more."
Now the body hair waxing salon that replaced the Cedar Tavern next door will have an appropriate new neighbor, just as useless and vacuous, like the entire city is becoming. I hope they enjoy each other's company.