The Mint Loses Chef and Operations Director

December, 04, 2008, by Jedidiah

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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.

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  • CJT
    12/04 11:31 AM

    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.


  • Old guy
    12/04 02:43 PM

    If the city let an affordable bar and restaurant have that outdoor space next to the mint, said bar would make a, well, mint.

  • MMI
    12/04 03:45 PM

    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.

  • Ryan Reavis-former Director of Operations for The
    12/04 07:21 PM

    I feel the need to comment on this posting.  I was the Director of Operations for The Mint, and I want everyone to know that I simply reached the end of my contract with The Mint.  There is no mystery, gossip, or anything to the contrary.  I can not comment on Chef Jeremy leaving since I was not there.  I am, however, looking for a great opportunity in the food and beverage/hospitality industry and you may contact me directly with any leads.  My email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    I sincerely wish The Mint Restaurant and Raleigh Restaurant Group the best.  They have been wonderful to work for.

    Ryan M. Reavis

  • Nick
    12/23 06:56 PM

    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.

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