According to the N&O, the beloved downtown restaurant Duck and Dumpling will close on December 31st. We were sad to see Chef David Mao leave back in February but we are lucky enough to still have Mao around on Hillsborough Street in his new restaurant David's Dumpling and Noodle Bar. The N&O reports that Greg Hatem, owner of the restaurant, says that business wasn't as good as it used to be and that the "Asian fusion thing is something that was more about the late 90s and it's just no longer relevant". Indeed.
Duck & Dumpling will be replaced by another restaurant but no word on what will go there yet, but Hatem seems excited. With the Moore Square renovation hopefully starting in 2011, let's hope it's something that responds to what the new square design will offer the area's restaurants. The Duck had some of the best bartenders and cocktails in town, but it looks like they'll stick around at the other Empire Eats restaurants.
Decent Indian Restaurant Downtown.......Anyone?