After nearly a decade, James Beard Award-winning chef Susan Spicer will close the doors to her Lakeview restaurant Mondo. The neighborhood staple known for global dishes with a local flair will serve its last meals on Aug. 17.
Spicer confirmed a new restaurant will take over the location starting late-September. A new family-friendly seafood and steak restaurant called Elle-J’s will open at the shuttered staple.
Spicer calls the announcement “bittersweet” and said there are “many factors that feel right in deciding to move on.”
“It feels like a natural progression and just makes sense. As I approached the end of my lease on the Harrison Avenue property, an opportunity presented itself. And as I’ve always done with my cooking, I went with my instincts,” Spicer said in a statement.
As a Lakeview resident since 1990, Spicer was happy to find her “little spot” on the corner of Marshall Foch and Harrison Avenue.
“After Katrina, I felt like the neighborhood needed a little boost. I opened Mondo in a location that had been a lot of restaurants; some successful and some less so. But, it seemed like the right time and all the factors came together,” Spicer said.
The James Beard Award-winning chef said she’s tackling “the most challenging part” of closing. Spicer is exploring ways to relocate many employees to her other restaurants or restaurant partners.
“Thank you for your years of support. Please know, you can still enjoy your favorite Mondo menu items when Mondo MSY opens in the new airport terminal later this year,” Spicer said in a statement on Mondo’s website.
Mondo opened in 2010 as a restaurant where global dishes could be shared on one table. The restaurant is located at 900 Harrison Avenue in Lakeview.
Spicer will still operate her other restaurants Rosedale and Bayona.