Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Mystery of the Relocated Restaurant

Call the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown and the Scooby-Doo Crew because we've got a Saturday morning mystery on our hands.

As we all know, local Thai restaurant Galangal is gone. However, I found this review on the New York Times website for a restaurant on Long Island also called Galangal. The odd thing is that, according to the review, this restaurant is "the younger sibling of a place by the same name in Stamford, Conn." The review was written on September 11, so it's strange that the restaurant would say that they still had a location in Stamford (or that the reviewer wouldn't check).

Now here's where it gets even weirder. According to the review, Long Island Galangal has been open since June, which is about when our Galangal closed. The safe assumption would be that the owners pulled up stakes, loaded everything onto wagons and trundled across the Sound, but then why call the restaurants "siblings"?

Adding to the mystery is Galangal's new website. The name is in the same font as our departed friend, and the menu is similar to the one from our Galangal. Very odd.

Well, in the name of investigative journalism, I did what any good sleuth would do and called "Galangal 2." At first, the friendly hostess was either confused or being elusive, because she made it sound like both restaurants were open for business. After some intense grilling (mmm...grilling), it came out that they opened the one on L.I. and then closed the Stamford one because they couldn't handle the travel back and forth.

So...it looks like we've solved this case. That was so much fun we should tackle another mystery! Um, does anybody have any mysteries that need solving??

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

good reporting. Now get on the Bennetts mystery ;)

Anonymous said...

love the story. I actually rang them too as was disappointed that the restaurant had gone. they told me that the owners also owned Ocha on Bedford Street and had basically mergered the two together within the Ocha restaurant...

Anonymous said...

oops, I meant prospect street..

Streets of Stamford said...

According to their website, Bennett's is remodeling, but according to a comment on my August 10th post, they're moving to the Hampton Inn on Mill River Street. I'll try to find some facts and get back to you!

Whitemist said...

I asked my HD source in August (before my Scofield work) and never got back to him, will ask again.

Whitemist said...

THE Bennett's story!
They were going to move to the restaurant space where the hotel (Inn?) on Mill River is (which has had dismal luck with restaurants). However, the liquor commission in its infinite wisdom, would not allow bands to play there. They decided to do some minor clean up and remodeling and will reopen again. They are also looking to sell.