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Raleigh lunch spot to close for good

Posted January 26, 2009

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— The "Joe" of Joe's Place, a popular downtown lunch spot in Raleigh, e-mailed a farewell note Sunday to customers and the media.

"This Friday, January 30th, we’ll serve lunch at Joe’s Place for the last time; and you’re not going to talk me out of it this time," the message read.

The restaurant has served downtown workers for almost 30 years on Martin Street near Nash Square. The owners announced plans to close in 2006, only to change their mind.

 

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  • foetine Jan 27, 2009

    Enoteca Vin just shut their doors on Glenwood South. Also shutting their doors and owing a lot of people is the Carolina Wine Company - one of the biggest wholesalers in the Southeast. Shame WRAL doesn't want to investigate that mess - but Meeker has already declared that Raleigh is Recession Proof.

  • foetine Jan 27, 2009

    and Part 2 of the email:

    We tried this once before, three years ago, and your outpouring overwhelmed us, demanding an encore. This Friday, January 30th, we’ll serve lunch at Joe’s Place for the last time; and you’re not going to talk me out of it this time!
    We truly have enjoyed our run at it, but feel that now it is time for us to move on.
    We will leave here with many fond memori

  • foetine Jan 27, 2009

    Here is the email that Joe sent out:

    My Dear Friends-
    I have finally reached the very difficult decision to close Joe’s Place.
    For more than 29 years you have shared your lives and much laughter with us.
    It is during our times of great joy and sorrow that we learn who our friends are. Connie and I define friends as the people we choose to call our family. We have been richly blessed with the good fortune that has brought many of you our way.
    Thank you all for the countless treasured moments we have spent together.
    You have greatly enriched our lives and have been incredibly generous with your show of support and love over these many years.

  • CestLaVie Jan 27, 2009

    foetine: Also, to compare The Mint with Joe's Place in atmosphere AND especially, prices, is like comparing oranges and stones. I never go downtown, but when I was there New Year's Eve, the restaurants I saw were kind of fancy, schmancy & not even in the same league with Joe's restaurant. Meeker thinks downtown is going to survive with that atmosphere?? If so, he's in HUGE denial.

  • foetine Jan 27, 2009

    Treet - the end of the article reads: "The owners announced plans to close in 2006, only to change their mind."

    So therefore you need to retract your: "foetine, the article stated nothing about the owner or any previous thoughts of closing. Maybe you need to lighten up a bit; I was just asking if the owner was being humorous or being spiteful ... the statement in the news article can be read either way.

    Downtown is not having a complete Glenwood South rise. The Mint is rumored to be in trouble as it bleeds red ink. The condos don't seem to be opening up as fast as anticipated or even being build. The grocery store has closed twice. If we get the NHL all star game in 2012 - what's really going to be open down there besides a few hotdog carts and a soup kitchen?

  • Wade Station Jan 27, 2009

    Treet, you may want to read the article again... Specifically the last sentence.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jan 27, 2009

    and?

  • CestLaVie Jan 27, 2009

    Sorry, read the article too fast. I thought it was a sign in his window, instead of an email.

  • CestLaVie Jan 27, 2009

    treet: You gotta know Joe, to understand why he used the words he used in the sign.

    Joe's Place has been a Raleigh icon. Hubby & I loved going there occasionally in the evenings for their great veggie plate, an all-you-could eat, great meal.

    We'll miss you, Joe, and the great employees you've had over all these years.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Jan 26, 2009

    foetine, the article stated nothing about the owner or any previous thoughts of closing. Maybe you need to lighten up a bit; I was just asking if the owner was being humorous or being spiteful ... the statement in the news article can be read either way.

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