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@Dawn fans, you’d better hurry – this is the last weekend

Chef Greg Collier (right), has become a regular at food events around Charlotte, such as the Bacon and Brews Cruise-In at Atherton Market. He’s closing @Dawn and looking for a location closer to uptown Charlotte.
Chef Greg Collier (right), has become a regular at food events around Charlotte, such as the Bacon and Brews Cruise-In at Atherton Market. He’s closing @Dawn and looking for a location closer to uptown Charlotte. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Greg Collier, the owner of The Yolk in Rock Hill, says he’s closing @Dawn, his breakfast restaurant on Ayrsley Town Boulevard.

While weekends were “crazy busy,” he says, the weekday business wasn’t keeping up. So he’s closing to focus on The Yolk – “making sure we take care of the baby,” he says – while he looks for another location in Charlotte. He plans to take a break, but hopes to another Charlotte breakfast restaurant in the future closer to the center city area.

“Charlotte needs a chef-owned breakfast place,” especially one that uses locally sourced ingredients.

Meanwhile, The Yolk in Rock Hill will stay the same, he says.

“Definitely not closing The Yolk,” he said Friday. “We have a following there that’s loyal.

“We’re going to take some time, take a little time. We’ve been running two restaurants.”

Collier found out how loyal his customers were in 2014, when The Yolk was heavily damaged by a fire: Customers started a Go Fund Me campaign online to help Collier rebuild and reopen.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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