Good riddance, revolting restaurant
Explaining the closure to the Free Press an anonymous source within the Gill family, who owns the restaurant "cited declining sales and a lack of customer parking among the reasons for the closing.
He said the landlord, Edison Rental Agency, had been selling an increasing number of monthly parking spots, making it difficult for customers to find convenient parking.
'They (customers) won't park two blocks away and walk to the restaurant in -35 C. They will eat somewhere else...'"
You mean the notoriously bad food, dirty and tacky interior, poorly located restrooms, and high prices had nothing to do with it?
If a lack of parking was the Royal Crown's downfall, how is that the Palm Room at the Fort Garry is filled every weekend in the dead of winter? How is it that the vast majority of the city's best dining establishments have virtually no accessory parking? Explain the success of, for example, Yuki Sushi--located in another one of the Gill families' properties, the McLaren Hotel--that has no on-site parking, no million dollar view, and no touristy location. Yuki Sushi is thriving. So is Tre Visi, Hy's, Wasabi, Bailey's, Step N Out, every place on Corydon and Osborne, et cetera.
A lack of parking is a sorry excuse for an upscale/trendy restaurant's failure. The view at the Royal Crown space is fantastic, and anyone who takes a more proactive approach to the service industry would easily be able to draw 'em in from blocks around.