Four Square Restaurant, one of the stalwarts of Durham’s fine dining scene, will close at the end of service on June 25, according to a note sent Tuesday by owners Shane Ingram and Elizabeth Woodhouse.
In an email, the couple wrote: “The management and staff would liketo sincerely thank our guests for over 16 years of loyal patronage. Many of you have become close friends, and for that we are very fortunate. In particular, we want to thank Duke University and the citizens of Durham for allowing us to be creative with our menu and for trusting us with your special moments and occasions. We invite you to come see us in the coming weeks, enjoy a meal, and raise a glass to the future! We hope to keep in touch as we move forward toward our next chapter.”
Ingram and Woodhouse, both chefs with impressive resumes, came to the Triangle in 1997. Ingram had worked in the kitchens at Emeril’s in New Orleans, Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and the Inn at Little Washington where he met Woodhouse.
Ingram worked for two years as chef de cuisine at Fearrington House and Woodhouse worked at Second Empire in Raleigh before the couple opened Four Square in 1999. The couple purchased and renovated the Bartlett Mangum House, a 1908 Greek Revival mansion. It soon became one of a handful of the Triangle’s best fine-dining destinations.
Greg Cox, the News & Observer’s longtime restaurant critic, gave the restaurant four of out four stars in December 1999 review. He wrote, “Of the hundreds of restaurants that have opened since I began writing about the dining scene 4 1/2 years ago, you could count on one hand the number of bona fide contenders for the elite circle that includes the likes of Magnolia Grill and Nana’s. Looks as if it’s time to add another one to the list. Four Square opened two months ago in Durham, but already it offers a dining experience that’s as rewarding in every aspect as you’d expect of the best established restaurants.”
Greg Cox contributed to this report.