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RIP Fifis

Not sure if the place is closed yet but all the equipment is going up for liquidation December 12th. I'm sad to see it happen. I know she has been there forever and she's a really nice lady.

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Fifis hit the skids earlier this month.

posted by 6th_Floor on Nov 20, 2012 at 07:03:34 pm     #  

LOL about the chili dog quip.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The food industry is a tough, tough business.

Last week, it claimed another victim. And this time, it was one of the brighter lights in Toledo’s culinary stratosphere.

Fifi’s Reprise, long regarded as among the prime restaurants in town for fine dining, closed its doors last week after 32 years of business in one form or another. Fifi Berry opened her restaurant Fifi’s in 1980, ran it successfully for several years, and eventually closed it before selling it to new owners in 2007. The following year, she bought it back and rechristened it Fifi’s Reprise.

The name was changed, but the idea was the same: elegant dining (Dover sole amandine, bouef au fromage, red wine-braised duck breast) in sophisticated, upscale surroundings. And the bar was one of the classiest in town.

But the food industry is a tough, tough business. Tastes changed, competition increased, and fine dining can be a difficult sell anyway in a town with a chili dog stand on every corner.

But Fifi’s and Fifi’s Reprise lasted a little more than 32 years while serving consistently excellent food. That’s a good run in a business that can be so tough.

posted by 6th_Floor on Nov 20, 2012 at 07:05:27 pm     #  

Not to get off the subject, but does anyone know if the Melting Pot is supposed to reopen or is it permanently bust? I thought I had read it was supposed to go into the mall but haven't heard anything (not that I could afford it anyway).

posted by inga on Nov 22, 2012 at 01:31:11 am     #  

Taken from their website, inga:

The Melting Pot of Toledo is temporarily closed for business as of Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011 as the restaurant plans to relocate in 2012.

Check out the Ann Arbor location, our closest Melting Pot restaurant, at for your next visit before Toledo re-opens for business.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patronage. We look forward to serving you in our new location soon.

posted by gamegrrl on Nov 22, 2012 at 02:37:44 am     #  

Melting pot is supposed to be going into Franklin park where ruby Tuesday used to be

posted by wahhutch9 on Nov 22, 2012 at 05:58:20 pm     #  

< back to Fifi's thread >

This saddens me. I have taken my wife to Fifi's on some very special occasions, and this restaurant was always the finest dining experience in town every time we went there. With a bottle of decent wine, a party of two could be looking at dropping $200 or so to celebrate, but you could never match Fifi's for service or food quality.

At least I will not have to regret never patronizing the place.

posted by historymike on Nov 22, 2012 at 07:12:19 pm     #  

I used to LOVE fifis, but after they closed the first time and were rehabbed (and briefly owned by a new owner under a new name) it lost it's charm. I loved the old 80's wallpaper in the bathrooms (see below) and when the atmosphere changed I stopped going. food was always terrific, but for the sticker price I needed the ambiance. I'm really sad to see them go, but it's a tough biz and you can't fault her. She stuck around a long time.

lagerfeld wallpaper!!!

posted by upso on Nov 22, 2012 at 10:43:33 pm     #  

My wife and I enjoy food, dining out and an occasional extravagance. We will sadly miss Fi Fi’s tableside Caesar salad and will be searching for a recipe to make it at home that comes close to theirs (suggestions welcome). That was a REAL Caesar salad – not what they pass off at your franchise places.

That said like many people our “fine dining” experience has been replaced by a new reality. Where we used to go to a nice restaurant in the Fi Fi’s category maybe five times a year we now might hit a really, really nice place 1-2 times a year. It becomes a choice… Go to say… Mancy’s Steakhouse tonight and spend $125.00 or…. go out to eat at El Tipico, J & G’s, Zingerman’s, Tomatoe’s A Pizza and spend as much going out to all four of these places as we would for one night at the nice place. That keeps us in budget and still able to go out on date night frequently.

We have talked to a few other couples who said they made the same choice. That does not mean eliminating the fine dining option entirely but when a lot of people go to the nice place less often only a few can remain standing. Which is a reminder to self to go to Mac n Tongs soon and keep supporting the fine options.

posted by Danneskjold on Nov 22, 2012 at 11:40:25 pm     #  

I had thanksgiving dinner tonight with Mac & Tong! I'm SURE they would appreciate your sentiment and I totally agree.

With this economy, supporting fine dining is difficult, especially when there are so many more affordable "not so fine" dining but still terrific options in town.

posted by upso on Nov 23, 2012 at 12:06:24 am     #   1 person liked this

I'll take Georgio's. No, it doesn't have the elegant 'ambiance' of a Fifi's (and btw nothing is more over-rated, especially in this economy, than ambiance) but the food/service quality is outstanding, and the tab isn't equal to a car payment.

posted by McCaskey on Nov 23, 2012 at 01:44:47 am     #   1 person liked this

Looking at the shot of Fifi's wallpaper above, Upso, made me wonder where the backgammon tables were located. Yes, that screams '80's'.

posted by McCaskey on Nov 23, 2012 at 01:50:58 am     #  

I recall "Ricardo's at Seagate" quite smashing back in their time...

posted by BrianInFlorida on Nov 23, 2012 at 06:36:13 am     #