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All the speculation and rumor-mongering can apparently now stop. Late last night WaPo‘s Tom Sietsema Tweeted the following:

Sad news: “Tonight is our last night.” That’s chef Jon Mathieson, telling me that Inox is closing.

This, I hope, vindicates Todd Kliman, who first broke the news Thursday night via Twitter and who took some online bashing because of it. But I also trust that no one is gloating over this scoop. The restaurant community lost a terrific player last night.

My last meal there was a memorable one, particularly after we challenged sommelier John Wabeck to pick a bottle, other than a pinot, to pair with our Alaskan black cod and La Belle Farms duck breast and leg confit. Wabeck pulled a Spanish La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 out of his hat. Its balance of acidity and ripe fruit and just a touch spicy barnyard was absolutely spot-on perfect.

I will miss Inox. The place was headed for a spot on my 50 favorite restaurants list, due out on June 18.

So will the RAMMY Awards, where Inox was up for Best New Restaurant. The winner in that category will earn a hollow victory this year.