Blackbird Tavern announced Monday that it will be closing a little more than a year after opening its doors.
The restaurant, which also served craft beer and cocktails, and hosted regular live music events, opened in downtown San Jose on July 1, 2013. In a statement posted earlier today, both on the restaurant's Facebook page and official website, co-founders Chris Esparza, Pilar Agüero-Esparza and Brendan Rawson wrote that the restaurant is officially closed. Blackbird is just one in a series of restaurants to fail in the 200 S. 1st St. location.
Political observers might remember that San Jose mayoral candidate Sam Liccardo held his primary election night party at Blackbird.
In their announcement, Blackbird founders wrote that they believe downtown is headed in a “positive direction.” The Naglee Park Garage, also started by Esparza, will remain open.
Read the entire statement here:
We are sad to inform our patrons and supporters that The Blackbird Tavern is now closed. The Blackbird was an ambitious project for us and, unfortunately, we are not able continue our long-term vision for the Tavern. We will be looking to sell the restaurant.
Over the past year and a half we have been very fortunate to work with many exceptionally talented servers, bartenders, and kitchen staff. We are thankful to all of them. We are also extremely thankful to our LLP partners that believed in efforts, and to the many musicians, poets, DJs, artists and other downtown supporters that all helped make Blackbird a special place to dine, experience standout music, and feel a sense of community.
We strongly believe in the positive direction that downtown is headed, and we were thrilled to be a part of its thriving environment. We were fortunate to participate in many cultural activities in downtown, and to be a dinner destination for the many crowds that came for shows such "A Night with Janis Joplin" or "The Snow Queen" at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Its our hopes that it will not be too long before that theatre space is active once again with exceptional performances.
The greater Bay Area restaurant scene is an exciting one filled with incredibly innovative and creative concepts. We are looking forward to closely examining what our next endeavors in downtown may be. It's all about the right concept launching at the right time. Even with all of Blackbird's successes and excellent press accolades, the space didn't hit the financial strides it needed to remain sustainable.
In the meantime please come visit us at our sister operation Naglee Park Garage. We can always squeeze another bar stool in for you.
We hope to see you again in downtown San Jose very soon!
Pilar, Chris, Brendan