It’s not uncommon for a new restaurant to open with big buzz, but it’s highly unusual for one to be firing on all cylinders right out of the gate. Most new places need a few days, weeks or even months to work out the kinks and settle into a groove of good food, ambiance and service.

News that The Market, formerly South Hills Market & Café, on Bridge Road suddenly closed its doors for good Saturday night was quite a blow to the local restaurant scene, sending waves of shock and awe throughout the Kanawha Valley that are still rippling days later.

When a struggling restaurant closes, then the same or different owners announce a series of on-again/off-again new concepts and names that start and stop (or never even start in the first place) over the course of a few years, there’s not a lot of confidence that place is going to make it in…