Chef Jim Anile has closed Revolution, a fine dining destination in downtown Durham for the last decade.
The last night of service at Revolution was Dec. 29. “It’s a 10-year run,” Anile said on the phone Tuesday. “We were trying to decide whether to rejuvenate or move on.”
Move on was the decision and the first-floor space at 107 W. Main St. is now for sale, Anile said. Anile and his business partners bought the 3,300-square-foot space for $863,000 in 2012 and now has an appraised value of $977,000, according to Durham County property records.
It’s unclear what’s next for Anile. “I haven’t decided on what direction I want to go — do my own thing or work at a hotel,” he said.
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Anile opened Revolution in 2008 before downtown Durham became the dining destination it is today. He had previously spent five years as the executive chef at Il Palio, the Italian fine dining restaurant in the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill. In 2009, the N&O’s longtime restaurant critic Greg Cox gave four stars to Revolution.
About Anile’s skills at Il Palio and then at Revolution, Cox wrote: “But it’s safe to say that, even among Anile’s most ardent fans, few were aware of the full range of his talents. The contemporary Italian fare that wowed customers at that restaurant represents only a small corner of the world of flavors that are the culinary palette of a chef whose career has taken him to restaurants and hotels on both coasts, as well as Europe and Asia.”
Cox continued: “Revolution, Anile’s first restaurant, reveals the full spectrum of the talented chef’s artistry. His seasonal menu is an ever-changing gallery of global flavors, rendered in artful compositions whose strokes are sometimes bold, sometimes delicate and often inspired.”
It doesn’t appear as if Anile is looking to leave the Triangle. He notes that his son graduates from high school in May and his daughter has two more years before graduating. Besides, he says, “I love Durham.”