As I look out of the window on this overcast day, I can’t help but think about the fact that summer is fading and all of the lovely produce that we have been enjoying recently will not reappear for months. However, I rejoice at what is to come – although autumn’s bounty is less celebrated than summer’s, it is no less delectable.
In the same spirit, I would like to share with you that I have accepted a position with a restaurant in Charlotte, so I will be handing over the reins of culinary operations at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Greensboro to our general manager Felicia McMillan and her more-than-capable team. Felicia is not new to this, she has been with this outfit for 12+ years, including five as Chef de Cuisine. I have no doubts that she and her colleagues will carry the southern culinary baton like championship relay runners. In Cary, long timers Russell Shinn and Shane Garrity will continue to provide you with earnest hospitality and make sure the collard greens are as good as ever.
It would be dishonest to imply that I have been any more than a gear in the great machine of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen. It takes right many noble souls to provide the highest quality hospitality at a great value that our guests have come to expect from us. That team, led by Dennis Quaintance and many others, is committed to guaranteeing that the flavors continue to make your eyes roll back in your head and the gracious hospitality of our service team does not skip a beat.
I will miss all of the wonderful people that I have had the honor of serving in the Greensboro and Cary communities over the last eight years. I can only move on from this delicious endeavor to the next stage of my career because I feel safe in the knowledge that all of our wonderful advocates will be cared for with the same or even greater care than they have been in the past.
I look forward to dining in our restaurants in the future as a guest … and enjoying some of that delicious skillet-fried chicken while sitting down.
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