Dining With Denise Neil

Holy land Mediterranean Grill is closed

I’ve been hearing rumors about trouble at Holy land Mediterranean Grill, the Mediterranean restaurant that opened in August at 217 E. Douglas, and apparently, they’re true.

The restaurant shut down a few days ago.

Add it to the ever-growing list of short-lived restaurants in the space. I’ve wondered for years what plagues this building, which can’t seem to keep a tenant for more than a few months. I’m persuaded it’s a combination of the lack of parking and the one-way streets that line all sides of it, making it nearly impossible to double-back if you see a parking space on the other side of the street. In recent years, it’s also been the brief home of restaurants such as  DK Kitchen, Thai Kitchen, Bamboo House and Coli.

I reached someone at Athena Jewelry next door (owner Sophokles "Steve" Anthimedes also owns and leases the Holy land space) and was told there’s no new tenant lined up yet.

We’ll have to get our garlic baths elsewhere now.