Chapel Hill’s One restaurant, which was named the Triangle’s Restaurant of the Year in 2014, will close April 2.
Staff was informed of the decision after Saturday’s dinner service at the restaurant in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont development. Diners who want one last chance to eat at the fine dining restaurant should make reservations now.
In an interview, Daniel Ryan and Kim Floresca explained that they had decided it was time to move on from One restaurant and offered to stay several months to help with a new chef’s transition. Ryan and Floresca became the restaurant’s co-executive chefs in 2013; they were the third team to run the restaurant since it opened in 2010. Instead, they said, the owner decided to close the restaurant.
“Everything ended on a good note,” Ryan said.
The couple said they will take some time to decide where to go next and whether to stay in the Triangle. Given their resumes, they shouldn’t have any problems finding a new gig.
I wrote about the couple in a Sept. 2014 article about a new crop of chefs with impressive resumes who were coming to the Triangle. Ryan and Floresca have worked at such upscale restaurants as Per Se and Eleven Madison Park in New York City, The French Laundry in Yountville, Ca., Alinea in Chicago and the now closed elBulli in Spain.
When N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox christened One the Triangle’s 2014 Restaurant of the Year, he chose it because the pair offered such a different experience than had been seen before in the Triangle restaurant scene. “My pick for Restaurant of the Year, One restaurant in Chapel Hill, is so utterly different from anything we’ve seen before that it defies categorization,” Cox wrote.
In his five-star review in 2013, Cox wrote: “Kim Floresca and Daniel Ryan have worked in some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world — in some instances, together in the same kitchen. As a result, their fluid teamwork is as obvious as their considerable skills. The chefs’ star-studded culinary pedigrees are likewise evident on the plate.”
Floresca and Ryan both expressed thanks for the customers and the food community’s support and welcome when they came to the Triangle.
“The support from the community before we got here was tremendous,” Ryan said.
Floresca added: “We’re very grateful to have been part of the community. There’s a lot of talent here...It’s great to see passionate people behind all of these projects.”
She added: “We look forward to seeing what else we can do.”
Info: 100 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill, 919-537-8207, one-restaurant.com