I am so, so sad to see this place close for good.

(My friend Moe and me at Modine)
(Modine, photo by Moe Keane)

With the owners of Modine heartbreakingly announcing that they have decided to close the restaurant permanently, I wanted to say my own goodbye.

The food, bar, and atmosphere of this unique restaurant made it such a gem; it truly felt like a gathering spot where you were sure to make a friend or two at the bar and be entertained by the bartenders, hear good music from local talent, and enjoy a fabulous meal.

(Photo by Moe Keane)

I loved that they left the old bank vault in tact and that they turned a historic building spot into such a trendy dining experience. But one of the reasons I loved going there was because it was located right next to the old WJLK studios where I got my start on the radio as a teen.

I am so sorry that Covid-19 has caused led to such tragic consequences to the restaurant industry and I have to wonder how many more losses we will have to grieve moving forward.

(Jazz band at Modine, my son Ben Fig on drums, photo by Moe Keane)

Goodbye, Modine, and thank you for the memories. I loved hanging there with my friends. In fact, the last time I was there was on Valentine's Day when my son played with a jazz band there!

Mattison Ave. won't be the same without you.

CLICK HERE to read the letter Modine's owners wrote to the community announcing their closing, and other details from our own Matt Ryan about this great place.

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