Amici's Closes Doors in Downtown Kirkwood

Owners cite parking woes and increased competition as reasons for shutting down.

A sign posted to Amici's Feb. 18 saying "Closed for Renovations" had residents scratching their heads as they wondered if the restaurant was closed for good. The answer is yes, Amici's is no longer. 

Amici's closed its doors after six years of operating in the heart of Downtown Kirkwood. The owners cite parking woes and increased competition as reasons for shutting down.

"Parking was a killer for this restaurant as it is for others," Kelly Jackson who handled marketing for the restaurant since last August told Patch.

According to Jackson, owner Dave Pullam said the chief complaint from his customers was the parking. Pullam owned Amici's along with Jim McInroy.

"The other issue is that too many restaurants were allowed in to compete with Amici’s," Jackson said. "They felt there should have been more consideration to small business. The number of restaurants and the type of restaurants are considered their top reasons for closing."

Jackson said the owners never felt any support from the City of Kirkwood. 

Business had been slow for Amici's for the past three years, according to Jackson who said the restaurant fought misconceptions about being expensive, older patronage and too quiet for young children.

Are you sad to see Amici's leave Downtown Kirkwood? Leave a comment below. 

barb harness March 01, 2013 at 02:30 PM
So very sad. loved this place!!!
Robyn March 01, 2013 at 02:53 PM
GREAT food, wonderful staff. You should really consider finding another Kirkwood location with better parking! Love this place. Wherever you reopen, I'll come back!
Emily K March 01, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Sorry to see them close!
Kelly Jackson March 01, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful comments for Amici's. The owners do really appreciate the support and it was an extremely difficult decision for them. They will be missed immensely. Kelly Jackson, KRJ Marketing Communications
Ron G. March 01, 2013 at 08:19 PM
There's a lot of competition for restaurants in Kirkwood. There's plenty of parking Around there; Amici's even had valet and the city already knocked down 2 blgs nearby For additional parking. Sorry to see it go, but it's unfortunately sign of times in very competitive area.
Heather March 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM
How can I get a refund for the gift cards I have and can not use now b/c of this closing ? Thank you, Heather
Denise Gregory March 02, 2013 at 08:45 PM
It wasn't parking, it was the bad service
Steve Rapp March 03, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Great place, great service. Jim was always friendly, always loved to come in and talk with him. Hope he opens up another place.
Steve S March 05, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Always enjoyed as well - And like another poster, stuck with gift cards recieved at Christmas. Hope someone from the restaurant is reading these comments and can help. Steve S.
Kathy R. April 01, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Disappointed as well and also have an unused gift certificate. Is there going to be anyway to get reimbursed?
Heather April 01, 2013 at 08:25 PM
PLEASE SOMEONE HELP !!!! THEY HAVE OUR MONEY !!!! THAT IS THEFT, YES ?! Patch, can you help us out ??????
Bryanna Hampton April 11, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Hey, all! Sorry this took so long, but hopefully this story that ran today on Patch helps: http://patch.com/A-35LK
Kpatchfan April 23, 2013 at 04:59 PM
I doubt parking and competition are the top reasons. Service had diminished and if lack of parking and competition are truely the reasons, then they should open somewhere else and honor the gift cards or refund the money now. The last few times I was there it was packed. The last time I was there in Feb. it was full and we left as no one even acknowledged our presence.


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