Helen Schwab

Emeril closing Charlotte restaurant

Chef Emeril Lagasse
Chef Emeril Lagasse

e2 emeril’s eatery and e2GO will close April 26, the company announced this morning. “It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of e2 emeril’s eatery,” chef Emeril Lagasse, owner and executive chef of the restaurant, says in a statement. The concept, at 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, opened in 2012 and was a departure for the celebrity chef, who was one of the first Food Network stars (”Bam!”) and first came to prominence with his New Orleans restaurants and food from that region. He eventually branched out to everything from burgers to steakhouses, in places from Bethlehem, Pa., to Las Vegas. Here, the menu was eclectic.

The Week quoted him in September as saying: “I have nowhere to go, really — other than broke” at an event to promote a TNT reality series, saying the industry was becoming increasingly difficult. The show’s website seems to be not functional, and its Facebook page hasn’t been posted to since December.

The Charlotte restaurant announced its closing on both its Twitter account (”The restaurant was never able to achieve the volume projected when we came to Charlotte” and its Facebook page.

It will maintain regular hours of operation for lunch and dinner until April 26, 2015. 704-414-4787;www.emerilsrestaurants.com/e2-emerils-eatery.