We rounded up a list of the notable restaurant closures in Wilmington from 2019, in no particular order:
The family behind The Greeks, led by chef and owner Georgio Papanikolaou, announced they would close their upscale Greek restaurant Symposium in early 2019. Located at Mayfaire, the restaurant served old world dishes and ancient family recipes. Lucky for fans, the family added a second fast-casual Greeks spot on Oleander Drive in the wake of the closure.
Bon Appetit Restaurant and Catering closed in March after 22 years in Wilmington. Since owner and founder Gene Costa passed away unexpectedly in September 2016, his wife and daughters had carried on the legacy. But after operating under the motto of “the show must go on,” his wife Claudia said she sold the property on Carolina Beach Road to A Thyme Savor Catering, and she is ready for the next chapter in her life.
Sealevel City Gourmet
Wilmington vegan and vegetarian staple, SeaLevel City Gourmet permanently closed in June just weeks after discontinuing their most popular dish, the lentil burger. Chef and owner Nikki Spears opened the restaurant at 1015 S. Kerr Ave. in 2013. It was later announced Spears sold the restaurant, and its recipes, to Kelsey Gibbs and husband Scott Key, who plan to reopen in 2020 with an all-vegan version of the original menu. It will be renamed SeaLevel City Vegan Diner.
The Roadhouse on Wrightsville Avenue closed in May after 17 months. The space at the former Salt Works II location took 10 months for owner Brian Mayberry and a business partner to renovate before they opened it in December 2017. Since then, Mayberry said he was enthusiastic about the project but no advertising budget left the dining room sparse on some nights. While the restaurant did build up a loyal following, Mayberry said those fans can find some of the dinner menu options at his other restaurant, The Dixie Grill, at 116 Market St.
Positalia, a casual Italian eatery in the Mayfaire shopping center, closed in June without prior notice. A sign posted to the window noted it was closed for renovations, but a spokesperson for Mayfaire confirmed its permanent closure. Positalia opened in Wilmington in 2015 as a second location to the restaurant’s flagship in Raleigh (which closed abruptly in February 2018). Brunches, a breakfast and lunch spot concept, has opened in its place.
Duck Donuts had two Wilmington locations, the last of which closed in September. The shop opened in Duck, N.C., in 2007 and has since opened 75 locations across the country and Carolinas. The Pointe at Barclay location closed in 2018 and the Mayfaire location announced on Facebook it closed in September.
Rolled and Baked
The biscuit shop Rolled and Baked: Biscuits for the Bold, owned by Bill and Anna Ward, opened in the heart of the Castle Street Antique District last summer only to close in September. The Wards tapped “Top Chef” season 3 contestant Micah Edelstein to create a sandwich-driven biscuit menu. The menu featured unheard of biscuits like the “reborn southerner” with a sweet tea-brined fried chicken thigh and a spicy cornmeal crust topped with green goddess buttermilk sauce and pickled cole slaw.
Tazy’s (4107 Oleander Drive) announced after 20 years in business it would close. Restaurant owner and chef Brad Goodman announced the closure on social media, citing he wanted to retire after 50 years in the restaurant business. The owners of Panacea Brewing Company have taken over the space with plans to turn it into a kombucha tap room and cafe, expected to open in early 2020.
Source: Thanks https://www.starnewsonline.com/foodanddining/20191229/where-did-that-place-go-restaurants-that-closed-in-2019