3 years in, eatery exits Rocketts Landing

Inside the former M Bistro and Wine Bar. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

Inside the former M Bistro and Wine Bar. (Photos by Michael Thompson)

After three years in business on the riverfront, a Rocketts Landing restaurant has called it quits.

The M Bistro and Wine Bar at 4821 Old Main St. closed Feb 1.

The 3,000-square-foot Southern and French restaurant was one of the first eateries to open at the waterfront development.

The building at 4821 Old Main St.

The building at 4821 Old Main St.

M Bistro owner and chef Michael Hall posted an open letter on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Jan. 30.

“Please know that it was a very difficult decision for us to make as our lease period comes to an end,” Hall wrote.

Hall spent almost half a million dollars to open the restaurant, his first, in 2011. He would not comment on the closing or his plans for the future.

The closing of M Bistro and Wine Bar narrows the restaurant options at Rocketts Landing to two: the Boathouse, which opened in 2009 at 4708 E. Old Main St., and Conch Republic, which opened in 2011 at 11 Orleans St.

Boathouse owner Kevin Healy said he’d long been a fan of the M Bistro and Wine Bar.

“I always thought he had great food,” Healy said. “I wish Michael the best.”

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Maya Smart
Maya Smart
6 years ago

I am really sad to see this great restaurant close. My family celebrated my mom’s birthday there on Friday night, but we had no idea it would be our last visit. Best wishes in your future endeavors, Michael!

Bob Scudder
Bob Scudder
6 years ago

While I admit that Boathouse has amazing views and a great atmosphere and Conch Republic’s outdoor venue provides a unique waterside setting, Michael Hall and M Bistro always provided the quality of fare and atmosphere for a much more intimate and fine dining experience.

You will be missed Michael. Best of luck in the future….Bob

Tom Wilkinson
Tom Wilkinson
6 years ago

Michael, I wish you the best for the future. M Bistro was a great venue with delicious food, superb service, and a unique character. TW