According to Dean over at VarmintBites, The Mint has lost its Chef and Operations Director. This is a huge loss to the (partially) city funded restaurant on Fayetteville Street. As one commenter states, let’s hope this isn’t the writing on the wall.
See the The Mint page.
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I don’t know why the city would want to pay for anything to go in their aesthetically unfortunate building. They should have been looking for short term leases. So when a displacement space for their offices is available, there are no obstacles in getting that building gutted and dismantled.It wouldn’t surprise me if every operation and business plan for that building was funneling money into private pockets.
-When the city purchased One Exchange, it should have been for the purpose of property redevelopment.
-Perhaps, subconsciously, people want to see that building demolished…and that’s why The Mint isn’t bursting at the seams.
If the city let an affordable bar and restaurant have that outdoor space next to the mint, said bar would make a, well, mint.
The VarmintBites posting indicates that Eric Foster will be leaving in a month, as well. That goes against other info I’ve heard—let’s see what happens as things shake out.
I still like The Mint, and want to continue to eat there (it has been excellent the times I have been there). I do hope they can find someone as talented as Mr. Clayman to serve as Head/Exec Chef.
I sincerely wish The Mint Restaurant and Raleigh Restaurant Group the best. They have been wonderful to work for.
Ryan M. Reavis
I went to go for lunch yesterday and it was closed. Looked like the “Mon-” was scratched off the door under the lunch hours, but “Fri” was still there. Kind of disappointing, I thought the $9 lunch specials were great.