Andrea Weigl wrote a super piece on the closing of Starlu in today’s N&O, including a poignant description of the restaurant’s final day. Weigl really captured the emotion, the economics and the reality of a chef-owned restaurant. This article is a must read for anyone who believes their favorite restaurant will always be around or for a chef contemplating opening his or her own place. The final paragraphs put a lump in my throat.
On another note, have y’all noticed how much the N&O’s food coverage has improved? With two full-time food reporters in Weigl and Amber Nimocks, Greg Cox’s expanded role beyond mere restaurant criticism, and columns by Debbie Moose and Fred Thompson, we here in the Triangle now have some of the best food writing in the Southeast. Several of these individuals are good friends of mine, so I may be a little biased, but the proof is in the print: the writing is tighter, more relevant, and frankly, a lot more fun. So we should give credit where credit is due and congratulate the N&O for expanding their food coverage when many dailies have cut back.