Rodin, on the corner of Woodward and Kirby, was a fairly high-profile restaurant in the city with a prime location next to the DIA, so it's closure is big local news. Owner Torya Schoeniger (formerly Blanchard) will be closing Rodin, but keeping the space, as she'll be moving her crepe shop Good Girls Go To Paris into the corner location, and adding Rodin's liquor license to the now alcohol-free creperie.
This is Torya's second or third failed venture, depending upon how you keep score of the sad weird history of her Hamtramck storefront that never opened, dubbed Ooties. Her second Good Girls location in Grosse Pointe, however, did manage to open before flopping.
Nonetheless, Good Girls has been a success, cornering the market on crepes in the city, while Rodin just celebrated their one-year anniversary with a proposed change in direction. That change is now a closure, and it will be happening very fast.
Deadline Detroit reports that Rodin will be closed in about two weeks, and that Schoeniger was feeling overwhelmed:
Prominent restaurateur Torya Schoeniger told the Free Press Tuesday that it simply became too much for her to own and operate both the restaurant and the neighboring shop, Good Girls Go to Paris Crepes, which opened on Woodward Avenue in 2009. Both are on the ground floor of the Park Shelton.
The promising Rodin space and concept were never quite successful, as the restaurant always earned mixed reviews from those who dined there. Inconsistent food and service seemed to be the main concern, but these are problems that Good Girls also faces, so it remains to be seen how things will evolve.
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· Rodin, Now You See It, Soon You Won't [Deadline Detroit]
· Good Girls Go To Paris [Yelp]
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