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The Black House restaurant has closed

The highly rated Black House restaurant at Straw Valley Food & Drink in Durham served its last dinner service Sunday night.
The highly rated Black House restaurant at Straw Valley Food & Drink in Durham served its last dinner service Sunday night. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Chef Adam Rose confirmed Tuesday hat the Black House at Straw Valley Food & Drink in Durham has closed.

Rose, who previously worked at Il Palio restaurant at the Siena Hotel in Chapel Hill, said he did not plan to be involved in the future of the space except to work some private events that are already scheduled.

The restaurant located in a mid-century modern former artists’ compound off U.S. 15-501 in Durham opened a year ago. The location was tricky; it is serene spot off a highway and surrounded by a Wal-Mart and other big box retailers.

The ambitious project included a cafe serving coffee, pastries and light fare, as well as a fine dining restaurant and a beer garden. The original line-up included Rose and his brother-in-law Fred Dexheimer, one of only about 140 master wine sommeliers in the country who billed himself as the only one in the Carolinas.

The restaurant was written up in the now-shuttered Food Arts magazine. The News & Observer restaurant critic Greg Cox gave the restaurant a four-star review in October.

Dexheimer left Straw Valley in September and has started his own wine business in Durham, Rx Wine Lab.

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