As promised, a very determined Carl McCoy plans to reopen Gwynnett St. tonight, albeit at limited capacity. He tells the Times that just the bar will be open for now, serving drinks, bar snacks, and whiskey bread. The restaurant has been closed since last week, when chef Owen Clark and the rest of the staff walked out following McCoy's arrest on drug charges.
McCoy, who is free on $25,000 bail and has yet to be indicted, also opens up to the Times about Gwynnett St.'s ongoing financial difficulties. Although the restaurant has remained a critical darling for its two years in business, McCoy says, "We weren't dying, we weren't going under. But we weren't making money." The staff report checks bouncing, and drug bust aside, McCoy was still planning on revamping the menu to a "less sophisticated one." Nonetheless, he says he wasn't involved in those drug dealings for the money, because "I wouldn't jeopardize my business."
· Owner's Drug Arrest Puts Future of Acclaimed Restaurant in Doubt [NYT]
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