BOE Restaurant & Bar opened in January and is already closed for good, Owner Errol Lawrence confirms. The space went through an expensive renovation to make it look like a woodsy retreat after it replaced Oya Restaurant at the start of the year. The decision was abrupt. “It all came about this past weekend for a couple of reasons,” Lawrence says.
First, the restaurant wasn’t meeting its goals, says Lawrence, who explains the restaurant has no investors because it’s fully funded by the company. The second reason is more personal. “I have two young kids. I missed something very important to them last week. It’s a commitment I made to myself that I wasn’t going to do that,” he says of his 1-year-old and 3-year-old. “I’m going to be dedicating every minute I have to my kids to make up for what I’ve missed over the past years, especially the last eight months.”
BOE is the twelfth restaurant Lawrence has been involved with over his career. He still heads SEI Restaurant & Lounge in Chinatown. “We own SEI, but it’s on auto-pilot,” he says. “It doesn’t require same investment of time as BOE.”