Well, that was fast. Upscale Indian restaurant American Gymkhana, which had been garnering raves from reviewers and regular folks alike (including us), is set to close. The letter making the official announcement is below.
From: Rajesh Bhardwaj / RB Hospitality Group
Re: American Gymkhana Closing Announcement
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
“Since the opening of American Gymkhana, a modern-Indian restaurant and cocktail lounge in 2014, the concept has flourished and has been well-received by the Central Florida community. Our team takes great pride in what we have built, so it is with regret to announce that due to operational and brand discrepancies with local partners involved, American Gymkhana will no longer be open for business after April 2015 in its current location. The decision to withdraw our concept and restaurant group from this project was made after considerate deliberation regarding our brand standards. We look forward to pursuing new ventures in the future within the growing food and beverage community in Orlando.”
“Please note this closing will not impact or influence our other restaurants operating outside of Florida. Again, we thank all guests, organizations, journalists, and specifically, the residents of Central Florida for allowing for us serve the community and be part of a growing food culture.”
- RB Hospitality Group
Food blogger Scott Joseph reports that there was friction between the investors and the restaurant staff.
We are most displeased. We've reached out for further comment and will update when we hear back.