Bummer – Lefties Closed up shop

It’s now confirmed, despite months of rumors that Left at Albuquerque is closed for good.  Not quite sure what happened but I know their parent company has had financial issues in the past.

I think Left at Albuquerque, which is a small privately held company, started out in Palo Alto and I’m pretty sure their 2nd restaurant was the one they opened around 1997 on State Street – where the “Juicy” store now is.  My business partner Nate was one of the first bartenders there and in 1999 when we started Axxess I also was tending bar there.

Prior to being the Axxess Guy, I bartended all over State Street. Even though I was good at it, Lefties management was not happy with me and let me go in March 1999, one month after starting Axxess. Back then, cell phones were not as main stream as they are now and I was on my cell half the time I was behind the bar. Shoot – I was 22 years old and had just taken a huge risk starting my own company. I had to pay the rent so I bartended, but I also had to answer my phone as we were just getting started and I felt every call was extremely important.

I remember as they were “letting me go” I asked, “So, are we still meeting next week to talk about Axxess?”.

Pretty funny. But thankfully it was an amicable break up and a week later the restaurant that just fired me became my client.  It turned out to be a blessing, because I then realized that I needed to focus my full energy on the business and doing so might be tough financially at first – but would benefit me more in the long run.  So my bartending career came to an end and I have Lefties to thank for that.

They will be missed, and let’s just hope that location isn’t infiltrated by another large corporate chain. We’ll see…

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One Response to “Bummer – Lefties Closed up shop”

  1. Bummer says:

    Lawerence Selnes…

    It’s now confirmed, despite months of rumors that Left at Albuquerque is closed for good.  Not quite sure what happened but I know their parent company has had…

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