“For some reason, they kept coming back,” Ravenous owner David Zuka said in a statement about his customers. “We’ve had a loyal following.” Despite the solid fan base of this Saratoga staple, Zuka announced today they’ll soon serve their last crepes, pomme frites, and poutine.
Ravenous Announces Closure, Thanks Community
“It is with a heavy heart that I’ve made this decision to close Ravenous and move on to my next chapter,” Zuka said in a press release. “I am indebted to this community, moreover, to the outstanding efforts of the staff who have helped me build upon the reputation of Ravenous since I purchased it in 2014.”
While Zuka may have joked that customers kept coming back “for some reason,” it wasn’t a mystery to anyone who frequented or worked at the restaurant. Ravenous exuded hospitality and delicious food, as reflected in positive restaurant reviews, coverage in publications like Forbes, and long-term employees that became like family. Nevertheless, the pandemic sparked significant changes and new challenges.
The Decision to Move On From Ravenous
“Maintaining the restaurant in the midst of the 2020 pandemic has resulted in a restructuring of the business model to accommodate a new volume of takeout offerings – mission accomplished,” Zuka explained.
“Despite this regained stability, and the many pinnacles for the business over the years, I’ve decided to cease restaurant operations for personal and family reasons. Although a difficult decision, I’ve always preached and supported my staff in putting themselves and their families first, and now I’m following my own advice.”
Indeed, Zuka prided himself on nurturing a family-like, supportive work environment, making sure his employees had time to study for class or go on tour with their band or otherwise have a suitable work/life balance. Now, it’s his turn to take the time he needs for his personal life.
Make a Reservation Before the Doors Close
Ravenous will be open through November 30 for lunch and dinner on Tuesday through Friday, and for brunch and lunch on weekends. Due to limited seating capacity, reservations are recommended, so plan to visit Saratoga’s only crepe restaurant while you still can.