Big Boom restaurant closed Friday

Big Boom, a restaurant in Raleigh’s Glenwood South, closed Friday, the same day it got a three-star review from The News & Observer.

Raleigh chef and restaurateur Vincent Barresi, who also owned Vincent’s in North Raleigh, said Friday that his financial business partner, Schaeffer O’Neal, decided to close the restaurant. Barresi said he showed up to work Friday and his keys didn’t work, a detail that O’Neal disputes.

“I worked until 11 p.m. (Thursday) to be blindsided by this today,” Barresi wrote in a text message Friday. “Schaeffer changed the locks in the middle of the night without telling me, on the day he knew the review was going to come out....I will let the attorneys resolve the issues.”

Barresi and Chris Bender, another longtime Raleigh restauranteur were both involved in Big Boom, along with O’Neal.

Reached Friday night, O’Neal said the restaurant, after being open four months, was not performing well enough to continue: “The numbers do not support the investment at this point in time.”

O’Neal said he is talking to several interested parties about moving forward in that space.

To read Greg Cox’s review of Big Boom, go to

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