In retrospect, a lot of folks are agreeing that the departure of the Signature Room Grill from Channelside was not all that shocking. High-end chop houses are usually incompatible with informal entertainment and dining venues. A 1930’s dinner club ambience with jazz – nestled between Bennigan’s and Hooters was not a recipe for success.
And speaking of Hooter’s, which was directly under the Signature Room, here’s a December ’03 quote from Signature Room owner Rick Roman in answer to a question about his (under construction) restaurant’s juxtaposition to Hooters: “We love the exposure.”
Funny line, but not enough did.