One of Fitzroy’s most celebrated restaurants, Huxtable has announced that it will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.
Co-owners Daniel Wilson, Dante Ruaine and Jeff Wong made the decision to close the restaurant in order to focus on the group’s burger joint, Huxtaburger, which has five locations across Melbourne.
Speaking with Good Food, Ruaine says that increased competition in the area was another contributing factor that led to the decision to close.
“It’s been emotional. Without this business, none of the other stuff would have been possible.”
In addition to Huxtabuger, the trio also ran a successful lobster roll pop-up named Mr Claws.
Ruaine says that the partners haven’t ruled out opening another Huxtable-style restaurant later down the track, adding that if they do decide to get back into the smart-casual dining space, it would be in a more central locale.
“If it’s anything, it will be in the CBD.”
To send off the restaurant in style, Wilson says that the team will be hosting a number of special nights over the coming weeks.
“We want to go out with a bang, so we’ll be hosting special nights bringing some of the ‘Huxtable-Masters’ (ex-staff) back for some nostalgic good times,” says Wilson.