Mike Selig's Vermillion, a prime River Market district restaurant and watering hole, closed abruptly last night. We'd just heard recently of some marketing talks underway to boost traffic in Vermillion and similar ventures in the neighborhood. The note to customers:
Dear Friends and Loyal Vermillion Customers,
It has been a wonderful 6 ½ years that we have shared together, but after long and hard deliberation; I have decided to close Mike Selig’s Vermillion.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 was our last day of operation.
Mike Wallace and I would like to thank the many loyal friends that have supported this venture, especially Jimmy Moses and Rett Tucker for their never wavering support and belief in what we were trying to accomplish. Their vision of the River Market District is one that we share, and will continue to support for many years to come. There are way too many other people for us to name them all, but know that each and every one of you will be forever in our thoughts and gratitude.
When the time and situation are right, maybe we will once again be able to dine together. Until then...Thank you!
UPDATE: Tax problems may have hurried the closure. The state Finance and Administration Department website indicates the restaurant was served a closure notice Feb. 11 for sales and use tax arrearages. But the owners apparently have been making an effort to square accounts. The Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau reports that the restaurant had fallen behind on the city hamburger tax, but brought accounts current in mid-March. County Treasurer Debra Buckner also said the restaurant had some $1,700 in unpaid 2008 property taxes.