Folks have been waiting for Richard Holcomb, his wife, Jamie DeMent, and their other partners to open Eno Restaurant and Market in downtown Durham. Chef Marco Shaw moved to Durham from Portland to help open that restaurant. But that restaurant opening has been repeatedly delayed.
DeMent says they were approached by Andy Magowan, the only remaining original owner of Piedmont about buying the restaurant. The other original owners, Drew Brown and Abby Pearce, have moved onto other endeavors.
"It was the perfect opportunity for us," DeMent says.
UPDATE: DeMent says they put the Eno efforts on hold while they finished the deal regarding Piedmont. She says they are now focused on trying to finish finding investors for the Eno project. Shaw starts cooking TONIGHT at Piedmont.
SECOND UPDATE: Andy Magowan sent me a statement via e-mail about his future plans: "I'm leaving Piedmont in order to start a beer-garden/restaurant in Durham, a smaller place with a large outdoor seating area. I will serve simple but high-quality, seasonal, all-american food, and will maintain my interest in and support for local foods & farmers."
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