Carmen Cappello Clears the Air on Lamplighter

Hello readers, I received this email from chef Cappello regarding the recent events that have taken place at Lamplighter.  I really liked what Carmen was trying to do with the space and I cannot wait to get back once he reopens.  Times are tough, that area is very dangerous (it’s just down the street from The Standard) and it’s a shame that something like this happened.  As a quick note, this email was simply a copy of a post from Carmen over at AtlantaCuisine, so the references to readers and posters is not applicable here. Good luck to Carmen and his staff!  Email available after the jump!

Hello…..Hello…..Hello…. to all!

It seems that I need to address what has been going on with the Lamplighter since there seem to be so many stories out there — shout to Cliff for putting up the picture that was on my door — I put it up and I believe it was the right thing to do —

We had closed Lamplighter for the Christmas holiday from December 22nd until December 27th — I was going on holiday to meet up with my family in Tampa —

I returned on the 26th early and headed to the restaurant to get the restaurant ready for Saturday service — as I pulled up to the Lamp — I saw one of the doors was open and i said "OH SHIT" — went to the door and low and behold we had been robbed — they took everything from the Flat Screen TV to the POS to the cash drawer and everything else in between —

The reason I put that sign on the door was because it was because of the ASSHOLES that robbed up that we would be able to open back up immediately — as you all know who read and write on this blog that the restaurant industry is tight right now and that includes the little people like me to — I did not have enough capital to get the doors open from what was taken — so yes the Lamplighter has been closed indefinitely — so to answer some questions of others:
1. I didn’t set up the robbery of my own place —
2. We do have insurance and I am learning that it is a lengthy process —
3. This is not a PUBLICITY stunt! We were robbed and it offends me that people would even entertain that idea —
As for SHAME Burgers — it will reopen in the space of Lamplighter sometime in the near future — IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE INSURANCE — and now I must say that you were correct Tom!–
Please look on www.shameburgers.com and on facebook if you are a member under the SHAME groups page —

I apologize in advance if this rubs people the wrong way — I am tired of people speaking and making accusations about this issue when they no  nothing about what is going on with MY TEAM’s restaurant —
Thank you for understanding!
Chef Carmen

Like I said, in the wake of what happened to John Henderson, I really hope this area is able to pull together.

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  1. Closing Press Statement

    Lamplighter, located in Atlanta’s Grant Park district has decided to cease operations as of February 1, 2009. Lamplighter, a Cappello & Company chef driven casual upscale concept was founded by Chef Carmen Cappello in August of 2008. Lamplighter was well received in the Grant Park area and received high marks from several food critics – including Cliff Bostock of Creative Loafing. “For now, we should be grateful for places like Lamplighter (280 Connally St., 404-835-7167), whose chef, Carmen Cappello, has created an affordable bistro-style café with great food. The Memorial Drive area is becoming a popular location for new restaurants, but there’s nothing of comparable quality to compete with Lamplighter so far.”

    The decision by Chef Cappello and his team to close the restaurant was difficult, but the decision had to be made and was based mainly on the rash of criminal activity over the course of the last several months in the immediate Grant Park area. Lamplighter was not excluded from these activities, as the restaurant was burglarized over the Christmas holiday. While vigilantly pursuing all options to recover from this event, it was deemed impossible to re-open as Lamplighter due to the heavy burden placed on the financial position of the company.

    Chef Carmen Cappello

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