It’s an open secret that Ocho has struggled since partners Brian (Mi Piaci) Black, Benjamin Crosland and Chef Eric (Coyote Café, Geronimo ) DiStefano’s opened in September 2012 . Opening chef Ross Demers left after two months. Noted chef Joel Harloff took over in late January 2013.
I hope the renovation/remodel refers to the menu, not the interior space because there is nothing wrong with it. Ocho has two hard-to-fix realities: the location (just south of Northwest Highway) is difficult to reach and the competition from the numerous restaurants in Preston Center is fierce. The newish Nick & Sam’s Grill has sucked up a lot of business in the area.
If I was a betting man, and I’m neither, I might wager DiStefano has pulled out of the partnership and the menu, which contains some of his creations, is in for an overhaul. Then again, the first time I saw Madonna perform at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985 I turned to my friend and said, “This gal is going nowhere.”