We swiped right, went on a few dates and started to develop strong feelings of affection. But our brief love affair with Arcadian ended abruptly when the Gordon Square Arts District restaurant closed within four months after a dispute with one of its investors. The sleek, modern marvel that chefs and co-owners Cory and Rebecca Hess spent more than three years renovating with local architect Robert Maschke sits vacant on Detroit Avenue like the empty space in our shattered little hearts. We pine for those nights when we swam in the salty sea of the expertly crafted caviar tasting with four kinds of pickled roe served with a cured egg yolk, chives and creme fraiche. We replay those tender moments of playfully dunking the most addictive house-made crackers into a spicy carrot hummus topped with sliced radishes, whole carrots and olives over and over in our heads. Like those hazy lustful days of a new romance, we fell hard and still can’t shake the feeling that it could have been something great. Cory and Rebecca Hess plan to find another space. When they do, we’ll be there with open arms.
11:00 AM EST
May 15, 2017