When Chef Marvin Woods opened his upscale restaurant, Woods On South, he said he was in it for the long haul. His plan was to change the way Charlotte ate, creating a menu of health-conscious dishes.
His plan, however, obviously fell short because Woods on South served its last plate of oven-fried chicken this week.
Tuesday, a sign taped on the front door during lunch stated that the restaurant was closed. Another sign informed workers that payroll checks would be mailed out.
By Wednesday, the restaurants voice mail told callers that Woods on South had gone bye-bye.
Its been our pleasure to serve you, said the outgoing telephone message.
Creative Loafing reached Woods by phone Wednesday to find out what went wrong.
I dont really have an answer for you right now, he said. I need about a week. Im working on something, and its in the nondisclose right now, so I cant answer any questions about it. But once the Is are dotted and the Ts are crossed, I can give you the 411.
John Stritch, president of Carolina Beer and a partner in the restaurant, wasnt available for comment regarding the eaterys closing at press time.
The restaurant opened with a flourish in October 2007. Before becoming Woods On South, the restaurant was known as South End Brewery. According to Charlotte Business Journal, Woods actually worked at the brewery from 1998 to 2000.
Woods made his name nationally on the now-defunct TV cable network Turner South with the cooking show Home Plate, which he hosted while wearing his signature bandanna. He is also the author of two cookbooks.
When Woods opened Woods on South, he said hed hope to grow with Charlotte, calling it a diamond city at the time.
Woods had said at the time that he wanted to offer a lighter version of Southern cuisine. He even had soul sushi on the menu.
This isnt the first restaurant associated with Woods to close. His Miami restaurant, which he opened in 2004, also went out of business.
Currently, according to Woodss Web site, hes spending time trying to fight childhood obesity by developing a national kids' wellness program called Droppin' Knowledge with Chef Marvin Woods.
His Web site also says that Woods is set to launch a line of sauces and spice blends that will be available online and in grocery stores this year.
Whatever happened at Woods On South, its closing leaves another hole in South End. Aside from fast food and Prices Chicken Coop, there arent many upscale choices for dining out in the citys historic neighborhood.