The new restaurant venture Eden -- from Durham-area chef Adam Smith, who's worked at George's Garage and Southpoint's Firebirds among other stops -- now has an opening date, according to N&O retail maven Sue Stock's column this morning.
Eden is set to open on Wednesday, July 22 in the space once occupied by Starlu until late 2007, on the first floor of the Southcourt building on Shannon Rd. at University Dr. near the old South Square Mall.
The modern Southcourt building, itself part of what Jim Wise has described as the 80s/90s-era flight of development and office space from downtown to what was then considered south Durham, just recently lost the salad shop Green Tango, which first opened there. EMD Pharmaceuticals also had major offices there until its acquisition and sidelining by acquirer Merck.
While Starlu had a great deal of critical acclaim, the massive size of the restaurant's space as well as the exclusive price points have been variously blamed for its closure -- though owner Sam Poley's moved on to the very popular (and very low-cost) OnlyBurger roaming food truck.
According to the N&O:
Eden will keep the price point low, Smith promised, averaging $7 to $10 at lunch and $11 to $15 for most dinners.
Smith called it "regionalized American" cuisine, meaning he cooks the best dishes from all areas of the country, from shrimp and grits to Charleston crab.