The slow, inevitable death of Itsy Bitsy Ramen & Whisky on the ground floor of the Ogden residential building has finally come to pass, despite the involvement and financial investment of many prominent downtown faces.
In November, the restaurant dumped its noodle-centric dining menu and was left with a drinks program originally created by Corner Bar Management Group, dating back to the 2,500-square-foot space’s 2015 debut.
Corner Bar, which still operates downtown's Commonwealth and Park on Fremont, was also behind the shuttered BLVD Cocktail Co. at the Linq.
For their executive chef, Corner Bar poached Ricardo Romo from their own District at Green Valley Ranch concepts, Whist Stove & Spirits and Due & Proper. Romo lasted seven months on the job.
Inside Itsy Bitsy, all the paintings have been removed, leaving behind the interior design of Ryan Doherty, co-founder of Wendoh Media Cos. and "Chief Experience Officer" at the Life is Beautiful annual festival. Itsy Bitsy was originally backed by L.I.B.’s co-operator, the Downtown Project, Tony Hsieh’s umbrella development company that last month lived through the shuttering of another pet investment project, Glutton.
And Itsy Bitsy had taken over from another slow-dying failure, Wild, the gluten-free pizza restaurant from Miki Agrawal, personally lured to Las Vegas by Hsieh and also financially supported by the Downtown Project.