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VIN'S KITCHEN WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 30TH
> Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 15:56:06 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Shocked. Shocked and stunned.
> I regret to report that Fishy-Fish, aka Vin's Kitchen, will close at the
end of this month. This is not a hoax. Here's the report:
> San Francisco, California, April 18 (SCL): As the Fishy of April 17, 1996
drew to a close, we noticed a gentleman placing a "For Lease" sign in the
Fishy window. Upon inquiry, the gentleman informed us that the building
has a new owner who raised the rent. Apparently Vin's, Inc. decided to
retire rather than pay the higher rent or relocate. We neglected to
confirm this with the Vins, as we immediately went into various states of
denial and shock. It seems a done deal, though.
> If anyone has any suggestions about the manner in which we should observe
this sad passing, please post them. Perhaps we can chip in for a nice
gift for the Vins, and present it to them at the last Fish. Any other
ideas? Be sure to visit the Fishy web site.
> I hope you are all doing well. Snarty in the Fark soon? The weather is
asking for it.
> Love, Steve
> Date: 18 Apr 1996 16:56:20 -0700
> Subject: Re: Shocked. Shocked and stunned. (fwd)
> We should schedule to meet the vins every wednesday at their favorite
restaurant. We should eat there every day till the end. We should sing to the
vin's every day. We could create a monument to their vision. We could
encourage a new restaurant. We could prank the new owner into thinking the
building is haunted.
> Love, Jenny
> Date: Mon, 22 Apr 1996 14:13:47 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Vin! Fin?
> Day 4. A city held Hostage.
> Having vowed to eat Fishy each day until the untimely demise of Vin's
restaurant, Ben, Sean, Jimbo, Leeda (Sp?), and I did.
> When Ben asked our favorite waitress (Tm.) if they were really closing
she initially seemed confused, telling us again the specials of the day,
then shrugged, appeared to get choked up, and wheeled away. Vin, stoically,
manned the grill staring straight ahead. We all yelled at Ben for
showing such insensativity, and he felt bad.
> But there is hope.
> After dining (2 Halibuts, 2 Salmons, 1 Scallops - 0 Pretty Plates) I
endevored to ask what day Vin's would actually shut it's doors. Once
again confusion reigned. The waitress said "One" and waived her arms
searching for the right word. "One week?, One day?!, One Month?", I
offered. "Year." she said. "One year" and then she pointed at the salt
and pepper shakers on an empty table.
> Can this be true? Does it make any sense? Is Vin toying with us?
> What is the significance of Salt and Pepper?
> But maybe, just maybe, the fishanalia can continue.
> Love Rick. (Before I pass my prime)
> Date: Wed, 24 Apr 1996 16:37:20 -0700 (PDT)
> Subject: Vin? Fin!
> Spoke with Doug Shaw of Pacific Union Realtors. 2201 Powell Street, home
of Fishy-Fish, is available as of 5/1/96. The current tennants will have
cleared out by then. He has no word on what their plans are.
> It is $1200 / month. 600 sq. ft.
> It sickened me to hear this man calmly spouting numbers at me. He never
mentioned the smiles shared at Vins. The good natured ribbing that went
on between Jimbo and the waitress. The statesmanlike manner in which Vin
himself executed even the most bizarre orders. The easy comradery which,
nurtured throughout the years, burst only recently into the full flower of
graceful social interaction.
> Donald with his Pork Chop. John with his crossword. Ross with his
bottled water (sometimes one for Stevie too!).
> The time that baseball player/ukelele guy came and wrote about us in the
> $1200 / month. 600 sq. ft.
> I choked back a sob, called Doug a soulless cocksucker, and hung up the
> Goodbye Vins, sold for a bag of silver.
> Date: Thu, 4 Apr 96 16:27 PST
> Subject: Re: Fishy
> I am bored with my work lifestyle. I think I want to become a rabbi or a fire eater.
> Love, Jeff