Popular Jacksonville-area bistro Blackstone Grille closing

A popular destination for dinner and celebrations for 15 years, Blackstone Grille will close permanently after Father’s Day dinner service on June 19.

The modern American fusion restaurant at 112 Bartram Oaks Walk in Saint Johns opened in late 2007.

Chef Charles Wang, an award-winning chef with more than 30 years of experience, and his wife, Helen Chang, opened the restaurant in 2007 at 112 Bartram Oaks Walk in Saint Johns.

The couple announced the restaurant’s planned closure on social media, noting they are retiring.

They couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

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Chef Charles Wang of Blackstone Grille holds a plate of Filet Mignon Au Pouvre in the dining room of his restaurant.

Blackstone Grill has focused on offering innovative interpretations of American cuisine plus the “best of flavors and tastes from a variety of cultures and influences” creating a taste best described as the Modern American Fusion.

Customers cite menu favorites ranging from grilled vegetable pasta to Filet Mignon Au Pouvre, rack of lamb, pan-seared Chilean sea bass and USDA prime Ribeye steak.

“Our menu has a medley of global flavors, our steaks are USDA prime cuts, I go down to the fish market for fresh catch, and I enjoy making unusual sauces to accompany our meals,” Wang told the St. Augustine Record in April 2016 .

Following the social media post announcing the closure, Blackstone customers responded with an outpouring of well wishes for the couple. Many also shared fond memories of gathering at Blackstone Grille for family celebrations and other special occasions.

Rita Manning Williams, whose family has been eating at Blackstone Grille for years, said Wang would prepare a special dish for their daughter when she was a youngster.

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