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Liquor license posted in window of 943 BYOB

The Argentinian-Italian BYOB 943 in the Italian Market is doubling down with a liquor license, if the bright orange sign in the window is to be believed.

The license is listed on the PLCB website as under chef/owner Pascual “Pat” Cancelliere and Eugene B. Lefebre, about whom we couldn’t find any information. It is being transferred to the restaurant, at 943 S. 9th St., from a defunct branch of the chain restaurant Bugaboo Creek next to Franklin Mills.
Besides having a decidedly un-SEO-friendly name, 943 has had some trouble hitting its stride. A favorable two-bell review by Craig Laban, a notorious stickler for noise, remarked on how quiet the restaurant was on his visits. Then the place ran a Groupon, which is never a sign of success. And finally, Cancelliere had to temporarily close this summer to undergo heart surgery.
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Here’s hoping that some booze will get the party going, or rather, started. So, has anyone actually been to the restaurant. What did you think?

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2 Responses to Liquor license posted in window of 943 BYOB

  1. Leighalice November 21, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    We went on the Groupon deal and the food was decent. Not a huge meat fan in general, so we preferred the appetizers and were quite full before the main course even came. Haven’t been back, not because it’s not good, but because there are just too many new placing popping up to keep up with! It also seems like they are all alone on a dead block at night, so that must not help.

  2. 14Ktde.dude November 27, 2012 at 6:08 pm #

    Yes, we went there on the heels of Craig’s 2 bell review – in July, 2011. We had an excellent meal. Our servers were nice, but not well trained. The place was dead when we were there – except for the chef and his friends/family or whoever hanging out at a counter and table talking. The Chef had to leave his conversation several times to prepare the different items we ordered. We left with the impression that although the food was good, the place would not make it. Excellent food alone is no guarantee that you will succeed in this biz. There are many other variables that you have to get right as well.

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