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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Scoopin' the food bloggers with some bad news

Word on the street is that Starlu is closing just before Christmas. I'm trying to confirm this now.

I've had several enjoyable meals at Starlu, but i think it comes down to location, location, location.

If true, i hope the owners give it another go at a place that doesn't feel quite so desolate, especially during the nice weather when you'd like to dine al-fresco and look at something other than a parking lot.

UPDATE: Confirmed. I think this is a real loss for the Durham food scene.

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  • Yep: closing
    Yep: trying something new soon.

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    To our friends and guests,

    The anatomy of goodbye is complicated by emotion. First, there is the news that you are going away; then the explanation and the questions about why; and lastly there is the departure and all its inherent finality.

    It is with great sadness that I share with you all that December 22 will be our last day to serve you. We have truly enjoyed the opportunity, but we can no longer sustain the effects of factors we cannot control. There are no fingers to point and there are myriad contributing components to this decision. Just know that Stephanie & I and everyone involved including our staff, property management and building ownership have done everything we can think of to avoid this outcome. At some point though, no matter how great the highlights, you need to realize that there needs to be a solid foundation of routine business that simply is not coming in our door.

    We will be open over the next few weeks and hope that you will visit over that time so that we can say thank you in person. For us, this is more than the dissolution of a business; this is the disassembly of a sort of family and such things need closure. We look forward to have the final laugh, smile and chat with each of you.

    We want to go out with the same grace with which we entered - we do not want to be the place that suddenly went dark with no explanation. Help us, if you will, use these last weeks to accomplish that goal.

    In conjunction with our melancholy, we'd like to share with you the joy of remembering our successes. In our 3+ years in business we:
    helped raise over $43,000 for charity through our Bottles of Change program,
    bought holiday gifts for children living under the auspices of Children's Home Society,
    raised awareness of dozens of great organizations doing wonderful work in Durham and beyond,
    received numerous accolades generated by our diners attesting to their appreciation of what we do,
    and had the pleasure of getting to know so many wonderful people.
    As a business owner I enjoy as friends the people I am fortunate enough to work with, and I care deeply about their futures. So I say the following with all seriousness - please hire my staff. These are good and capable folks who do a great job in a professional manner. If you have, or know of any, positions available that would be suitable then please let me know so I can share this information with them.

    There are two practical matters that need addressing. First, we will be liquidating our wine inventory. If you have an interest then please let me know at sam@starlu.com and I'll be glad to discuss this with you. Second is gift certificates. As the old saying goes, "Smoke 'em if ya got 'em," or, put otherwise, us them now.

    Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. We could not have done it without you and we hope to do it again - soon. We'll be back, and when we are, we hope you'll join us then as well.

    I'd like to leave you all with a closing thought taken from the obituary of a customer we deeply miss:
    "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures, and that is character." - Horace Greely

    Honestly, thanks for the memories and we hope to see you soon.

    Sincerely,
    Sam


    Starlu is located at:

    3211 Shannon Road
    Suite 106 Durham, NC 27707
    Phone: 919.489.1500
    Fax: 919.489.6390

    By Blogger Phil, at 4:54 PM  

  • I was a big fan of their arancini. They had a huge room to fill---I wish new restaurants would start smaller.

    By Anonymous steve bocckino, at 5:11 PM  

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