Itriya Cafe, the restaurant whose tagline is "Spaghetti and Ssam" because it attempts to serve both Italian pastas and Korean lettuce wraps, has closed at Diamond Jamboree. There was a note taped to the door that said:
"We Are Moving! Saying Goodbye Is Not Easy!! We've Enjoyed Meeting Everyone And Making Lot's (sic) Of Friends! We Hope That You Will All Join Us For Our New Grand Opening!"
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The restaurant, which had the enviable corner spot at Diamond Jamboree visible from all angles to traffic, opened last October after a long delay. Yesterday, all the windows were hastily covered with butcher paper and inside demolition had already begun.
Itriya was the brainchild of Howard Gordon, an ex-executive of The Cheesecake Factory, who recently hired Austin Lee as his new chef. Anne Marie profiled Lee on these very pages a few weeks ago. To read her interview, work your way backwards from Part 3. To read my review of the restaurant click here.