I mourn the passing of all good food establishments, and to this day still observe a moment of silence for the Texas Taco and Chilli Company, which passed from Southside over a decade ago. (The thin, crisp chips! The bits of cilantro in the bright, tangy salsa! Many a happy lunch hour…but I digress.)
It’s another sad moment now that Harry’s Place, a simple burger joint in Riverchase, has closed. How does a spot voted Birmingham’s Best Burger for several years close its doors?
I haven’t investigated to find out the cause. It could be that the owners wanted to pursue other opportunities, or the lease was up, or they lost the love for making burgers and shakes. Perhaps the newly opened restaurants nearby, including a national burger chain, siphoned away business. Maybe it was just the weak economy.
Whatever the reason, the bottom line is one less good burger in Birmingham and one less independent restaurant. Even if they were to open elsewhere (I’m an eternal restaurant optimist), I would still miss this place.
What neighborhood restaurants and one-of-a-kind places do you enjoy? Make the effort to patronize them when you have the opportunity. A “Daily Special” beats a “For Lease” sign any day.