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DICEY: Three Star Restaurants Most Likey to Fail in 2009?

Commenter wdt notes that Fiamma is the first three-star restaurant to close in 2009, and it may not be the last. Indeed, membership in the Three Star Club is precarious: diners eat with very elevated expectations and as a result are not always satisfied with the value-experience proposition with which they're met. Plus, in most cases, it's hella expensive to run these houses. No restaurant is safe, but perhaps we may see a bunch more three-baggers fall, too.

The entire list of Times Three Star Club members:

Adour Alain Ducasse
Alto
Aquavit
A Voce
Babbo
Bar Room at the Modern
BLT Fish
Blue Hill
Bouley
Café Boulud

Chanterelle
Convivio
Corton
Craft
Cru
Del Posto
Dovetail
Eleven Madison Park

Esca
Felidia
Gotham Bar & Grill

Gramercy Tavern
JoJo
Kurumazushi
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Le Cirque
Matsugen
Momofuku Ko
Momofuku Ssam Bar
Nobu
Next Door Nobu
Nobu 57
Oceana
Perry St.
Picholine
Scarpetta
Tabla
Town
Spice Market
Sushi Yasuda
Union Square Cafe
wd-50
· Steve Hanson Closes Fiamma, Ruby Foo's Uptown, Blue Water Grill Chicago [~E~]
· Times Topics: Three Star Restaurants [NYT]