After the news of padlocked doors at Big John's Tavern and an early evacuation of roti eatery The Green Door, City Paper editor Stephanie Barna revealed that the building's owner Ryan Condon and the proprietor of hip diner The Rarebit had struck a deal. "John Adamson of the Rarebit says he is partnering with [Condon] at Big John's and will be taking over operations," stated Barna.
This is comes as a surprise, since Condon had maintained he was returning Big John's to its original state and had not mentioned a merger. However, The Rarebit's menu of classic comfort food does fit in with Condon's idea of the tavern offering "the best roast beef sandwich in town, the best ham sandwich in town." Condon went on the record stating he didn't know "what the hell" kimchi was and therefore, was not a fan of the menu at The Green Door, where the fermented Korean side was featured prominently.
A commenter on the Big John's Facebook page reminded everyone that Condon has shuttered other restaurants without warning, as he did in 2009 with the East Bay Crab Shack. Perhaps all of this commotion over the bar should have come as no surprise.
· Locks Changed at Big John's/Green Door [-ECHS-]
· Rarebit Crew Taking Over Big John's Operations [CP]
· The Rarebit [Official]
· Crab Shack Closes [P&C]