Monday, June 27, 2016

King Bee has closed on East 9th Street



King Bee, which served Acadian cuisine (Canadian-Cajun), has closed at 424 E. Ninth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.

The owners left this message on their King Bee website:

King Bee has closed.

We are grateful for each one of you who came through our door during the past (almost) 2 years.

Yours in good cheer,

Jeremie, Eben & Ken

On Friday, they were selling some plates, dishes and glassware for $1... (Updated: A reader said that the new owners of the restaurant were selling the leftover dishes and glassware.)



King Bee took over the space in 2014 from Exchange Alley, which opened in August 2012. Previously, Olivia, Sintir and Zi' Pep came and went in fairly quick succession.

Despite some quality operations, nothing has worked here. Doomed location?

We'll see. A tipster tells us that new owners already bought the space and are planning Korean BBQ.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

New restaurant under construction is called Thursday. They seem to be moving quickly. It is definitely Korean. Might be Korean-French.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea this place existed, although I occasionally walk through 9th street if I spotted it I had no idea what kind of food was served there. Being of French - Canadian ancestry I would have loved to go there. Perhaps it is gauche but perhaps the next restaurant should tell passersby the cuisine in the signage.

Anonymous said...

Ditto @7:59. I'm also of French Canadian heritage and definitely would have tried if out if I had known it was Acadian....

Anonymous said...

Croman building! Why would anyone move into one of their store fronts anyway

Anonymous said...

Liked that place and the owner was nice, like the place before it also. Shame. But wtf on the Friday sale... I need new plates and stuff, walked past when they hand all the stuff in crates but didn't see the sign:(

Anonymous said...

Korean BBQ.
Great. The neighborhood's latest "in-a-hoof" cuisine.

Anonymous said...

It's gotta be the landlord. When a retail location turns over constantly, it can't be the businesses. 1-2 maybe? But all?

Anonymous said...

Love the responses here whenever a new ethnic cuisine restaurant opens, especially if it's something Asian.

Chris said...

wouldn't blame the landlord as much as the market for restaurant spaces. the cost of a space this large is tough for any business. would need to be full every day of the week. an none of the recent (7 years?) tenants were even close.

Anonymous said...

Didn't realize there were so many fellow Canucks around.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I ate there a number of times and it was a good place, although perhaps a bit niche-y as a concept. There were fewer and fewer people dining there every time we went back. Best of luck to the owners...