We are hearing from several sources that two of downtown’s nicest restaurants are both at risk of closing. After Riviera’s abrupt end early last week, it is sad to hear that two others may be in trouble.
Sources close to The Mint are saying, “Things are not looking good,” “They’re not going to last much longer,” but “They may pull through.” A source with Fins refused to comment, but several close to the restaurant are saying it is also in trouble. The closing of these restaurants would be a major blow to the revitalization of downtown. Both offer upscale dining in modern settings, and both are key establishments in the growth of Raleigh’s downtown.
The Mint was so important to redevelopment in the eyes of the city it was partially funded with public money, a controversial move in many citizens’ eyes. The restaurant’s closing would be a blow to the city government’s vision for the street. Recently The Mint began offering some lunch deals to try to drum up more business. The economic woes of the nation are obviously hitting downtown Raleigh’s dining scene. Patronizing these restaurants in what might be their final days may not save them, but both establishments should certainly be visited if they are closing, sooner rather than later.