Six Plates co-owner Matthew Beason announced that he will be closing the popular Durham small plates restaurant and wine bar on March 11.
“It’s time for a change,” Beason said. “It’s time for us to do something different,” referring to himself and business partner and chef John Eisensmith.
Beason continued: “I build restaurants based on my passions and what I like. Six Plates isn’t where I’m at in my life right now.”
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Six Plates opened eight years ago long before downtown Durham became so robust with restaurants and bars. Beason’s wine bar, which served a rotating menu of six seasonal dishes, developed a loyal following due to its wine selection and Beason’s hospitality.
Among the restaurant’s most popular dishes are the lamby joes, a take on sloppy joes made with ground lamb and chorizo sausage that has been on the menu since it opened. Don’t worry lamby joes fans: they are also served at Mattie B’s Public House.
There is bad news for fans of the annual Txakolifest that Beason organized at his wine bar for the last eight years. Beason said that the end of Six Plates means the end to the annual one-day festival devoted to Spain’s Basque wine region; txakoli fans will have to find it elsewhere in the Triangle.