I’m kind of bummed to hear about Monell’s filing for Chapter 11. But I have to admit that I saw it coming after our last visit.
The food was wonderful. The company was wonderful.
But Monell’s has two huge drawbacks.
1. The meal costs a lot and you can’t take home left overs.
For someone like me who loves the food but only enjoys about $3.50 worth of it, I just can’t justify spending the other $10-12 bucks for the priveledge of watching everyone else enjoy the food I’m too full to eat. I haven’t eaten a restaurant meal in 5 years that hasn’t had most of it going home in a take-away box. Monell’s business model just didn’t seem to allow for people like me. So our visits were sadly infrequent.
I’ve lived here for 18 years. Lack of parking is what kills any business in Nashville, if you ask me. I’ve said it a bunch of times but it bears repeating to anyone thinking of starting a business around here. There is a lot of competition for consumer dollars, especially in the food-providing business. For every type of meal I ever get hungry for I know of at least three options. 9 times out of 10 my husband and I will choose to go to the place where we don’t have the added aggravation of trying to find a place to stow our car.
I realise this sounds lazy, but in reality it’s a matter of practicality. When we go out to eat it’s for a treat and for relaxation. Stressing over finding something to do with the car is a big hit to both the sense of enjoyment of the evening and the relaxation we derive from it.
Monell’s beautiful Germantown location had miserable parking.
It’s a shame and it makes me sad to see them go. If they are indeed going. I can’t tell from the linked article if the Chapter 11 will involve them shuttering the place.