Recession Eating Away San Jose Downtown Dining Scene

A.P. Stump's shutting down after 11 years

One of the South Bay's best known restaurants is the latest victim of the recession.

A.P. Stump's Chop House is closing its doors for good because of the sour economy.

A note on the store's doors also greets visitors to their Web site:

After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to close A.P. Stump's Restaurant. We are very proud of the impact A.P. Stump's has left on San Jose over the past 11 years. We will try to find other employment for all our dedicated staff. A heartfet thank you to all our customers that made A.P. Stump's San Jose's premier downtown dining spot. - A.P Stump's Family

Known for its seafood and steak, A.P. Stump's opened its doors during the dotcom heyday and soon established itself as one of the hottest places to dine in downtown.

The restaurant will celebrate the successful years with a final party on July 10. The restaurant's owner said he expects to be booked solid until their last day as customers get a final taste of

The closing leaves two big gaps in the San Jose dining scene --last year, the well-known Mexican restaurant Senora Emmas shut its doors too.

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