Zach sent me an email to let me know that Bunners has closed. It was too-briefly located in the former El Sitio location on Van Dorn Street. (Coincidentally, El Sitio also recently closed its new location at 48th and Pioneers.) I never did get a chance to give Bunners a try. It sounded like the sort of place that might pick up a neighborhood following. I guess not.
This is where we wonder what's coming next for that building at 17th and Van Dorn. It's an unusual spot. It has "neighborhood gem" written all over it, and indeed that's the role El Sitio filled for years. But gaining traction in a relatively low-traffic environment like that is going to be tough for any restaurant short of a Chick-fil-a. Unless ...
There's a rumor floating around that The Normandy, currently located in the Railyard Market, is interested in other locations. I'm not sure if that means an additional location or moving the whole operation. I suspect either one could work. Regardless, they might find themselves a nice little niche nestled quietly near the Country Club neighborhood. They of course would have to consider the different traffic patterns, lunch vs. dinner crowds, and so on. It's an interesting possibility.
What else would be a good fit in Bunners' former home?