It seems that Perig Goulet, former chef and owner of La Fourchette, has made Lana co-owners Drazen Romic and chef John Ondo a sweet offer to take over the Rutledge Street restaurant space and they accepted. In a Facebook post this afternoon, the staff at Lana told fans “We’ve rolled our last gnocchi, served our last bolognese and poured our last glass of wine.”
Usually closures of older restaurants come with whispers of a shutter, but this one seemed to come out of nowhere. After twelve years in business, Lana will shutter to make way for Goulet’s new venture Poulette.
When asked about Lana’s success in a interview about the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary, Lana told Eater:
I'm here 50 to 60 hours a week. I'm not here as much as I was in the beginning, but I'm still here all the time. I still care about what I do. I still love what I do. I take pride in the food that we put out together.
Perhaps Ondo can get some rest and relaxation away from his 60 hour weeks now. Or perhaps he be back in the kitchen again soon, as the post does say “You might see some familiar faces” at the new concept. [UPDATE: Ondo will run Kairo’s in Mount Pleasant, according to Post & Courier.]