Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sir Ed's closes

Sir Edmond Halley's, the popular Park Road area pub and restaurant served its last meal last night, according to chef and co-owner Tobin McAfee. Sir Ed's, which opened in 1996 on the back side of Park Road Shopping Center, offered some British classics along with more contemporary fare; McAfee had cooked around Charlotte at places such as Crossroads and Metropolitan Cafe prior to the venture. He did not comment on the reason for closing, and said he had no current plans.

50 comments:

Skinny Mingus said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. well that sucks, I guess they will just have to put a bojangles in there. Fat City

Anonymous said...

really wish this wasnt the case. another staple bites the dust...this time my neighborhood favorite.

Anonymous said...

Dang, I didn't even get to go one last time! I really liked that place. I'm so bummed.

Anonymous said...

This is really not cool. What a loss.

Anonymous said...

Well, heck! Just found the place, compliments of a friend of mine who loves it. Dadgummit.

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Great neighborhood joint. Though, a lot people didn't know it was there because it was tucked away in that shopping center. I remember having a hard time finding it the first time I went there. It was never overly busy either.

discourser said...

Terrible news! One of my favorite places. I like sitting on the patio eating tapas style and drinking wine.

It can't be financial reasons. It's too popular.

It will be a tragedy if a chain moves in there.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to see this. A great neighborhood hangout.

Anonymous said...

Can't say I saw this coming. Wish I would have known, as I would have definitely liked to dine there once more. :(

Anonymous said...

that sucks, no more jabari wing sauce. that stuff was great

Anonymous said...

Thanks for many great meals, memories, and hangovers. Good luck Tobin

Matters of Style said...

This really makes me sad. It was such a great off-the-beaten-path place to eat.

Anonymous said...

What a travesty. Sir Ed's was a great hang-out, the staff was always friendly. I'll miss that place.

troyxmccall said...

DO NOT WANT!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The place still smelled of smoke. Way too many good places to go in Charlotte fot this one to be missed.

Anonymous said...

TO Jabari: Please open your own restaurant. I have investors. Jabari spices on EVERYTHING.

Anonymous said...

So many great memories of meeting friends for a drink and enjoying the "things to share" after work. Sir Eds was one of a kind and will be missed dearly.

Anonymous said...

Man that sucks...it was always nice to know I could get a great dinner at 1:30am

Anonymous said...

The kitchen fare was average, so I guess it's no wonder that Charlotteans found it delicious. Plus, if you weren't a regular there, the service was always rude. Can't say I'm surprised.

Randy said...

3 reasons (in order of importance) Sir Ed's cannot close:

* Imperial Pints
* Harder to Find UK beers
* fair price
* HP Sauce
* The LAWS (not rules) of rugby ;-)
* hardly ever (over-)crowded

Huh. That's 6... Sir Ed's must have been twice as good then.

So many fantastic memories.

Anonymous said...

I once came by there and their sign proclaimed that they did NOT serve "bitter, Yankee tea, aka unsweet tea!"

With an attitude like that, no wonder they closed.

I'm a native and I drink unsweet tea.

Anonymous said...

Good food and extremely nice people, especially the bartenders. I will really miss the place.

Anonymous said...

Good now maybe we can get a TGI Fridays or Wing Street in that location.

Anonymous said...

If this Ed was really knighted, it just doesn't seem cricket that the place was forced to close. Unruly peasants to blame again, I suppose...

Anonymous said...

it sucked anyway

Anonymous said...

If they take up a collection, I would contribute.

Somebody ought to do a telethon or set up a site to contribute, sort of like saving the place in Its a Wonderful Life.

They don't make 'em like Sir Ed's or like Tobin. We're a community; how can we help?

Anonymous said...

I went there almost once a week. This is horrible. Does anyone have any recommendations for substitutions (not that Sir Ed's could be replaced)?

Anonymous said...

"The kitchen fare was average, so I guess it's no wonder that Charlotteans found it delicious. Plus, if you weren't a regular there, the service was always rude. Can't say I'm surprised."

With your charming demeanor it's amazing that anyone would have been rude to you...

Anonymous said...

To all the haters..you obviously weren't cool enough to realize how awesome and fantastic this place was and forever will be..you're the ones that suck

Bobby said...

Nooooooo!!! Love you Tobin.

Anonymous said...

I guess another Sushi techno place should go there we don't have enough of them.

I love how all the good places are closing pushes me to the west coast everyday.

Anonymous said...

Every time I visited them, without a single exception, the service was horrible. I won't miss it, but I'm sorry to see another Charlotte business close. Overall, this is just more bad news for an already bad economy.

Anonymous said...

They served their last meal last night, but they'll be open tonight for the last time--pouring until they're out of beer and liquor.

Anonymous said...

We went there regularly for years, always had good food and service.
They were consistently great.
This is really bad news.

Anonymous said...

Way too smokey inside (even after the smoking ban - years of cig smoke may be permanantly ingrained in those walls - good luck to the next tenant). Outside was nice, but a little too small. Too many better places in town to miss this one too much. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

not surprised. The service was awful even when there was only 5 other patrons.

Anonymous said...

It's very sad... partly because an institution has passed but more so because a dozen friends are out of work.

Anonymous said...

Seems like the people that demand such great service like the one above are generally the 10-15% tippers and the ones that send back fries for being cold after 20 minutes. That place was all about the food and chill atmosphere. Do me a favor and stay home during restaurant week. No one will ever live up to your expectations

Anonymous said...

Bad food and slow service. The only thing good was the beer and view!!

Anonymous said...

dito on the Very bad food and service!!

Anonymous said...

That area isn't as safe now as it once was. A male friend was carjacked at gunpoint in the parking lot last year after leaving Sir Edmund Hailey's. There have been a lot of other robberies in that vicinity, too, so business could have suffered from it.

Michael King said...

I went there several times, and found the service, food, and beer selection to all be substandard.

I never understood the appeal of the place. No great loss.

Anonymous said...

Oh my god this is just terrible, spent many a night in there when I first came to Charlotte, Tobin I hate this for you luv. Times are hard for all.
We will miss the place and all the staff who have been there for so long.

Beth said...

Bummer! It had the best patio in town!!! We will really miss it-

Anonymous said...

Never once had a bad night there. As for the service comments...never an issue here. They once hooked up a very large reservation same day, when many other spots in town shot us down. Thats the kind of spot that will be missed. Cheers SEH!

Anonymous said...

To all the negative comments, please post your suggestions for where people should go. I'm anxious to see how many popped collar 9 - 5'ers say Selwyn Pub, Flying Saucer, etc. Maybe it was too unpretentious for you?

Anonymous said...

"To all the negative comments... Maybe it was too unpretentious for you?" See, to me, that was what I loved the most! It wasn't meant to be some big glitzy whatever. It was a neighborhood pub, with pints, rugby or football, and food you enjoy eating while drinking a pint and watching the World Cup playoffs. I've lived all over the US, and mourn the fact that every town is looking like every other town. TGIFs, Chilis, Applebees, generic hell. Sir Eds was one of a kind, and felt like coming home the first time I stepped foot in the place. What a great find; what a loss.

Anonymous said...

I am honored and privileged to say that I got to partake in many 'o beverages at Sir Ed's on it's last night there. Many Many great memories I had there. Definitely sad to see a great Charlotte icon disappear.

Anonymous said...

Look on the bright side we have Mellow Mushroom to look forward to.
>sigh

Anonymous said...

:( this ruins my summer.