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EVOO restaurant near downtown Raleigh closes

Posted June 26, 2009

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— EVOO, a popular restaurant in Raleigh's Five Points district, has closed.

The restaurant closed June 23, according to a message posted on the restaurant's Web site. It does not say why.

"We wanted to personally thank everyone for their support over the years. Without this loyal support, EVOO would not have been able to survive seven memorable years serving the downtown Raleigh community," the message stated.

It goes on to say that the restaurant's owners are looking to open a new restaurant that "would incorporate the same great ambiance, service, food, and beverages EVOO has always provided."

Earlier this year, nine customers suddenly became ill after eating at the restaurant.

A Wake County's Environmental Health and Safety Division report released Tuesday found anchovies purchased from U.S. Food Service were to blame for the illnesses.

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  • slaterric Jun 30, 2009

    I live near this place and have loved going there over the years.
    Sorry to see it go. There has been a total of 6 restaurants at this location
    including the original Johnson's drug store which had a deli counter.
    EVOO and the Raven are by far the best to serve food here.

  • wat63 Jun 26, 2009

    "Dear Rhoda, Call me crazy, but you are absolutely incorrect with your statement. "The intersection of Fairvew Road and Oberlin Road isn't even within three or four miles of "downtown Raleigh". I live downtown and I run daily. As a matter of fact it is exactly only 2 miles from Oberlin/Fairview to the corner of West and North St.

    I am sure you were only trying to help, but usually, you should have your statistics right because otherwise it makes you look like a fool.

    Check a simple tool like mapquest or google if you don't believe this DOWNTOWN Raleigh resident. (BTW- I live downtown and I live outside the bounds of North, West, South and guess what, East St.) It's remarkable, my neighbors and I still consider ourselves to be downtown.

    GPS's are on sale at Target too this week."
    Irishiii

    Ahh, a transplant... Oberlin/Fairview is not "downtown". Don't be such a geek!

  • killing_me_softly Jun 26, 2009

    WRAL shut them down...

  • exposure102 Jun 26, 2009

    Went there once about two years ago, parking was a pain, food was very mediocre...much better places in the city worth fighting for parking spaces for.

  • vigorlady Jun 26, 2009

    Make people sick, and you expect to stay in business? Come on, really. The restaurant business is tough enough to survive. That food poisoning they caused is what really put the nail in their coffin. There are lots and lots of other great restaurants in the Triangle (restaurants that have been in business many many years without making anyone sick), that if you look at it honestly, this really not that great a loss. Can't believe this was a news item? Restaurants close every week in this town. Whatevah.

  • Gab Jun 26, 2009

    litigation costs?

  • CestLaVie Jun 26, 2009

    Downtown or not, I'm sure EVOO was suffering from the recent bad publicity AND lack of parking for customers in that area. I know that everytime I go to Red Dragon, parking is difficult. Maybe Dragon's owners will take over the EVOO space. But then, these days business is probably down anyway, so who knows! Sorry to see EVOO go.

  • Six String Jun 26, 2009

    My observation is that like any city that grows, the "boundries" usually grow with it. While where we live is certainly not downtown, it was at one time farm country. Now it's being called "Midtown" for some reason -- go figure.

  • NCSUPackfan Jun 26, 2009

    Dear Rhoda,
    Call me crazy, but you are absolutely incorrect with your statement. "The intersection of Fairvew Road and Oberlin Road isn't even within three or four miles of "downtown Raleigh". I live downtown and I run daily. As a matter of fact it is exactly only 2 miles from Oberlin/Fairview to the corner of West and North St.

    I am sure you were only trying to help, but usually, you should have your statistics right because otherwise it makes you look like a fool.

    Check a simple tool like mapquest or google if you don't believe this DOWNTOWN Raleigh resident. (BTW- I live downtown and I live outside the bounds of North, West, South and guess what, East St.) It's remarkable, my neighbors and I still consider ourselves to be downtown.

    GPS's are on sale at Target too this week.

  • rhoda_penmark Jun 26, 2009

    Dear WRAL,

    The intersection of Fairvew Road and Oberlin Road isn't even within three or four miles of "downtown Raleigh" Are you people reporting remotely from India, or something? LOL ! As a local news organization, you should at least pretend to show a little knowledge of the local area.

    "downtown Raleigh" is generally considered by the locals to be within the boundaries of North Street, East Street, West Street and (wanna guess this next one?) South Street.

    Glad to be of service.

    Love,
    Rhoda

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