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Is Restaurant James Randall Closing?

Is popular eatery being replaced by a new restaurant called 'Oak and Rye'?

Has Restaurant James Randall closed? Is it being replaced by a new restaurant called 'Oak and Rye'? Patch file photo
Has Restaurant James Randall closed? Is it being replaced by a new restaurant called 'Oak and Rye'? Patch file photo
Is Restaurant James Randall, 303 N Santa Cruz Ave., closing?

Its Facebook page had some surprising parting words that made us wonder if the once-popular eatery has shut its doors for good.

"Goodbye Restaurant James Randall. It was a good run and a good time," the post said on the page.

The message then thanks the restaurant's loyal customers for their support.

" ... You are what made our restaurant and we will always be grateful. All of your pennies from our Copper Penny Happy Hour are now in full view as the tile for the new wood fired oven.

The statement is then followed by a pitch to Restaurant James Randall's clientele to visit the same space featuring a new restaurant called Oak and Rye.

Executive Chef Ross Hanson will still be leading the new restaurant's team along side Angelo Womack at the wood-fired oven, the message said.

James Randall's website doesn't mention its closure, just a temporary "quick remodel."

But it encourages customers to follow Oak and Rye's upgrades on Instagram @rjrbar, or on Facebook.

Oak and Rye will serve wood-fired food made by Chef Ross and "pizza guru" Angelo Womack.

Its opening is planned for this month, the new eatery's Facebook page said.

James Randall was owned by Brenda Hammond and Chef Ross is her son. Hammond named the restaurant after her late brother who died of cancer 15 years ago.


Mckenna Smith October 18, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Wondered whats going on?
Marilyn Leonard October 18, 2013 at 04:28 PM
I guess we'll have to watch to see what happens.
John Q Public October 18, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Sheila, you never answered the question in your headline. You just repeated info from FB and a web site. Just when I thought your reporting couldn't get any worse...
Lynne Bryant, CS October 18, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Change is good. I have always enjoyed RJR and had a sample of what's to come and I liked it very much. Thanks, Sheila, I see from your article that RJR has a new name, "Oak and Rye" Wow, Mr. Public, I see we took our happy pill today...
Jeremy Barousse October 18, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I really wanted to try James Randall, too bad they are closing, I've heard nothing but good things about them.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) October 18, 2013 at 08:07 PM
@John Q Public, I've left several messages on Facebook and on the voice message machine at the restaurant without any success. As soon as I hear from the owner, I'll update this post, or create a new one. No sloppy reporting here, just sharing with our readers what we discovered through social media. Looks like the question is answered anyway. Brenda says goodbye and a new restaurant is opening there. Thanks for reading!
LG parent October 19, 2013 at 10:36 AM
There are already reviews on Yelp with photos of the menu. It opened on 15 October according to one post. Do we really need more pizza in LG? Hopefully the cocktails are good.
Michelle October 20, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Oak & Rye did open last Tuesday, October 15th. I've been, and it's great. They're open Monday - Sunday, 11-11.

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