Tragic, but true!!! J'adore food posted a comment that Tony Roma's in Taipei is closing at the end of May 2007! I was shocked to hear this and the news is confirmed on their website:
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING
TONY ROMA'S ALL THESE YEARS
On behalf of the management and staff of Tony Roma's, we would like
to extend our heartfelt gratitude for your support all these years.
As our lease is expiring soon, this restaurant will cease operations in June.
Why oh why???? It's been around as long as I can remember- maybe over 10 years or so. Their ribs are pretty close to what you'd get back home even though the price is a bit higher here. Maybe they will reopen in a more traffic-busy location? Does anyone know if they are gone for good from Taipei?? Have you guys been lately or are not making ends meet anymore with all the other newer American chains in town? Argh!!
It's not quite a mom and pop like Chubbypanda requested to blog about in his Save our Faves, but good American food is hard to come by in Taipei, even if it's a chain restaurant.
So maybe we're partially at fault- I haven't been in awhile- but it was comforting to know it was there if I needed some sticky tender ribs to make a mess with. And now, no longer! Can it be saved? I guess I will have to make a trip before it closes for one last time.
sad! i love tony romas, i remember going there as a kid all the time. we should definitely go before they close.
This is tragic!
They closed all the Tony Roma's in my home city of Phoenix and I was looking forward to visiting TR Taipei when I arrive in a few weeks...
...just days after they close.
I'm seriously depressed.
ffc: yeah! let's make a date
gridman: maybe they are not doing so well these days being too specialized? they closed the one in west LA down as well!
joanh: good question.
For a major city in the US, Phoenix has an unbelievable bad track record for chain restaurants, so when Tony Romas closed up their three stores in Phoenix a couple years ago, I just assumed it was the Phoenix curse.
Both locations down south in Tucson are still going strong as fas as I know.
I hope you make it there before they close. I know what you mean--Tony Roma's presence was always a comforting factor, knowing that I could go there when I was really craving some good ribs. All the times I've been there, there's never been a line. I think their lack of business is due to the price and the location. What a pity...their ribs are the best.
j'adore: i'm trying!! i tried to go last night but when i called for reservations, they said they were booked til friday. they are open until sunday, so make your reservations early!
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