A tip on Twitter earlier today pointed me to the door of 208 South Lamar where I found a sign confirming that the restaurant, which opened in 2002, has closed.
Details about the reason for the closure have not surfaced as of yet, but the restaurant is slated to reopen as a restaurant named La Paz at the end of February. La Paz has locations (all independently owned) in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida.
It has not been confirmed if 208′s current owners, Jerry and Jean Jordan, will be running the new restaurant.
According to the sign posted, all previously purchased 208 gift certificates will be honored at La Paz.
The Oxford Eagle reported on 208’s closure today, with some updated info from the owners. For the full story, pick up today’s edition of the Eagle.
According to owner Jerry Jordan, “We planned to close the whole week of Christmas anyway and then the first part of the week some people that had expressed interest in leasing the restaurant gave me an offer that I decided to take.” The Eagle reports that Jordan serves as president of the Oxford Restaurant Association and plans to remain active until the membership decides otherwise. He remains the owner of the 208 building and will lease the space and equipment to La Paz. “I’ll own the building, but I won’t be involved at all with a restaurant business,” Jordan said.
As for reasons for the closure, Jordan told the Oxford Eagle that he had several reasons for leaving the restaurant business. “Fine dining isn’t as popular as it used to be,” Jordan said. “There are other problems. They haven’t moved fast enough to solve parking problems on the Square and I am reducing my activity to be able to have more time off.”