Cypress on the Hill, the fine dining West Franklin Street restaurant by Alex Gallis, a longtime sous chef at Magnolia Grill, has closed, according to an email that went out this morning. Earlier this year, Greg Cox, The News & Observer's restaurant critic, listed Cypress as a silver medalist on his annual Best of the Triangle list.
Here is the email from the restaurant:
To all of our loyal patrons:
It is with regret that we announce that we have closed Cypress on the Hill. Despite a loyal customer base and critical acclaim, we have been unable to generate the level of growth in this economy necessary to sustain operations.
We had hoped to attempt to remain open through July 30, however, the issues surrounding the pending end of business became too intrusive to allow us to prepare adequately for dinner service. We know that some of you had planned to join us this weekend and we are disappointed that we will not be able to serve you one last time.
We would like to thank our staff for their loyal service and their willingness to work through the last week. Many of you have complimented them on their professionalism and hospitality and we wish them all well in future endeavors.
Thank you again for your support!
Alex Gallis, Executive Chef, Jon McCallus, Greg Pfaender, General Managers