While speculation and snarkage about Raleigh's downtown restaurant scene continues unabated over at NewRaleigh.com, Indy food writer Jane Hobson Snyder caught up with Ryan Reavis, the manager of The Mint today, and here's what he had to say about Internet-born rumors that his place is closing: "We were really surprised and taken aback. I don't understand why someone would want to do that. . . . The Mint is not closing. We're here to stay."
Reavis says reports of The Mint's imminent demise have no basis in fact, and no one at the restaurant was asked about them until the Indy called. On the other hand, he's apparently relishing the old adage that there's no such thing as bad publicity, after NewRaleigh bloggers posted a photograph of the restaurant's sidewalk sandwich board.
"The $9 lunch sign, I mean... our lunches have always been $9, you know, we just put a sign out there! It sure is getting a lot of press!"
Meanwhile, Dana over at gogoraleigh.com has a great rant on the potential ramifications of such cyber rumors.