Greenville Avenue restaurant C'Viche & Tequila Bar is calling it quits. If you still haven't tried the ceviche, you have until November 29 at 7 pm, when the doors will close.
Owners Randall and Courtney Warder opened the restaurant in 2015 as a casual little sibling to their American restaurant, Clark Food & Wine. Both won the Best New Restaurant title in CultureMap's 2015 Tastemaker Awards.
Courtney says they're sad to close but decided to focus all of their energy on Clark Food & Wine.
"C'Viche started out great when we first opened, but once the construction on Greenville Avenue hit us, things started to go down," she says.
C'Viche was situated right in the middle of Phase II of the Greenville construction project to beautify the popular strip. Changes include new lighting, wider sidewalks, designated walkways, landscaping, benches, and bike racks. The construction is essentially complete, although some elements including lighting are not finished, and the road still sports orange cones.
While Clark Food & Wine is a full-service restaurant with a full menu and bar, C'Viche was conceived as a fast-casual spot, serving seafood, tacos, tequilas, and rum.
"It wasn't even in our original plan," Courtney says. "We kind of got wrapped up in the excitement of doing something casual right next door. But we were beginning to feel like it was a sinking ship."
The rent is paid, and the couple has begun to receive queries from interested restaurateurs.
"It'll be good for us to focus on what we're doing with Clark," Courtney says. "It has always been Randall's baby. That's where his heart is."