Madison Park Conservatory, the neighborhood restaurant that helped raise owner Cormac Mahoney to national fame, will close Feb. 15.
A restaurant email to customers today said that “Restaurants are a crazy thing and many stars have to align to create a successful and enduring place. Although, we would have the liked our run to be much longer we are very proud of the past three years and have many fond memories to look back on.” It went on to thank staff and customers — “The everyday relationships made at MPC is what we’ll miss the most” — and the vendors whose “tireless work” and great ingredients made their food possible.
Mahoney opened the spot for “unforgettable” and “simple and divine pleasures” like octopus Bolognese in November of 2010, cooking with Zoi Antonitsas, who left in late 2012 and now heads the kitchen at Westward. In 2012, Mahoney was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine, a coveted national honor. He had cooked at Tom Douglas Restaurants and at the first incarnation of Sitka & Spruce before starting up the wildly popular Tako Truk, a regular pop-up that later found a summer home at MPC.
The restaurant will feature a special Valentine’s Day menu Feb. 14 and 15. Diners with gift certificates who can’t make it in for a meal before the closing day can redeem the certificates for inventory items like wine and coffee; email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to make arrangements.