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208 South Lamar Closes

31 Dec

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A tip on Twitter earlier today pointed me to the door of 208 South Lamar where I found a sign confirming that the restaurant, which opened in 2002, has closed.

Details about the reason for the closure have not surfaced as of yet, but the restaurant is slated to reopen as a restaurant named La Paz at the end of February. La Paz has locations (all independently owned) in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida.

It has not been confirmed if 208’s current owners, Jerry and Jean Jordan, will be running the new restaurant.

According to the sign posted, all previously purchased 208 gift certificates will be honored at La Paz.

UPDATE 1/2/13:

The Oxford Eagle reported on 208’s closure today, with some updated info from the owners. For the full story, pick up today’s edition of the Eagle.

According to owner Jerry Jordan, “We planned to close the whole week of Christmas anyway and then the first part of the week some people that had expressed interest in leasing the restaurant gave me an offer that I decided to take.” The Eagle reports that Jordan serves as president of the Oxford Restaurant Association and plans to remain active until the membership decides otherwise. He remains the owner of the 208 building and will lease the space and equipment to La Paz. “I’ll own the building, but I won’t be involved at all with a restaurant business,” Jordan said.

As for reasons for the closure, Jordan told the Oxford Eagle that he had several reasons for leaving the restaurant business. “Fine dining isn’t as popular as it used to be,” Jordan said. “There are other problems. They haven’t moved fast enough to solve parking problems on the Square and I am reducing my activity to be able to have more time off.”


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208 Begins Lunch and Brunch Thursday, October 21

20 Oct

There have been all kinds of changes going on at 208 South Lamar lately.

You’ve no doubt noticed the shiny new blue-tile exterior as you walk past it on the Square, and not too long ago, the owner took measures to minimize the noise level inside (they must have had some insight into this study about how restaurant noise can alter food taste).

One of the best changes is that 208 South Lamar has acquired chef John Stokes, formerly of L&M’s Kitchen and Salumeria, who has been hard at work developing new fall dinner menu items, while 208 chef Nick Babcock has been creating the new lunch and brunch menu that debuts this Thursday, October 21. Lunch/Brunch hours are Thursday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Check out the menus below and be sure to comment here or email foodie@eatingoxford.com if you go for a visit.

P.S. A little birdie told me that 208 may be getting a website soon too…stay tuned.

Oh, and for those who are now wondering whatever happened to owner Dan Latham from L&M, he’s running a successful portable brick oven business in Atlanta (Moto Bene) in which he rolls into farmer’s markets and creates delicious pizzas using produce from the day’s vendors.

Fall dinner menu:

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208 Gets an Update

5 Mar

Have you been to 208 lately? There’s new decor, new menu items and new acoustics that make it easier to hear those you choose to dine with.

If you like what you see, say hello to the new owners–Jerry, Jean and Josh Jordan.

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