About a month ago, my friend David tipped me off to the fact that Robin Des Bois at 195 Smith Street was going to close. Today came confirmation from Reader W, who writes:
"It looks like Robin des Bois, which I believe was one of the pioneers of Smith Street French bistrodom, may have bitten the dust. The contents, including all its previous-incarnation. quirky antique-store items, were being hauled out this afternoon, along with cases of wine and so forth. Though the area no longer lacks for steak-frites-and-beaujolais kinds of places, Robin (a/k/a "zapatos para todos") was kind of special -- plenty of fondly remembered brunches in their garden and oysters in the darkened front room and world cup matches at the bar, tricolors waving. Always saddening to see places like that go."
Sad indeed. Robin Des Bois has been on Smith Street for quite a number of years. Most of all, I'll miss the Michelin Bibendum that was always standing up front and sometimes held up the rolling gate.. Glad I took a photo of it a few years back.