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Emeril Lagasse’s uptown restaurant to close April 26

Emeril Lagasse opened E2 Emeril’s Eatery in early 2012.
Emeril Lagasse opened E2 Emeril’s Eatery in early 2012.

E2 Emeril’s Eatery will close April 26 after three years in uptown Charlotte, and 54 of the restaurant’s employees will be laid off.

The restaurant from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse said on its Facebook page Wednesday morning that it’ll maintain its normal hours for lunch, dinner and happy hour until its closure.

“We will miss our many friends and partners in Charlotte who did so much to support us,” the restaurant wrote in the post.

A manager reached by phone declined to comment. But in a Tweet, the restaurant, which includes a sit-down area and e2Go for to-go sandwiches, said slow business was the reason: “The restaurant was never able to achieve the volume projected when we came to Charlotte.”

The layoff notice was filed earlier this week with the state commerce department.

The space at the base of the Mint Museum is owned by Wells Fargo and leased by Childress Klein, a museum spokeswoman said. Childress Klein plans to start construction soon on a 392-unit luxury apartment tower atop the museum in the coming months. A spokeswoman for Emeril’s Eatery said the impending construction was not behind the restaurant’s closing.

Lagasse opened the restaurant in early 2012, offering a menu full of New Orleans-inspired American cuisine, as well as a gluten-free menu. It 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.

“I have a strong connection to (culinary school) Johnson and Wales,” Lagasse told WBTV in a 2012 interview.”Also, I saw this spark happening in this community, a food spark, the farm to fork movement was really happening here and this is a place we all decided we should be.”

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. Staff writer Helen Schwab contributed.

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