Tallahassee, Fl -July 4, 2012-
Seminole Wind restaurant in Tallahassee has closed.
The restaurant off Monroe Street closed its doors Sunday, July 1st. Tom Bryant, owner of the Seminole Wind chain, says closing the restaurant was a financial decision. He says the rising cost of food and low customer turnout forced his hand.
"We do appreciate the patronage of our Tallahassee customers. We hope to come back in the future," says Bryant.
The restaurant opened in 2009. At the time, Bryant entered into a 5-year lease with Tal RD H LLC out of Roslyn, New York. The lease was for about $16,000 a month, according to Bryant.
With the restaurant struggling, Bryant says he had tried to re-negotiate his lease with Tal RD H LLC, but was unsuccessful.
Customers who showed up Wednesday to the restaurant were surprised to find it closed.
"Oh my God. It's a tragedy. The food was great. The people were great and they had banana icies that I loved," says customer Baruch Shaw.
Last October, the restaurant hosted Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney during his visit to Tallahassee.
The restaurant's other locations in Bainbridge, Cairo and Thomasville remain open.