Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in Davidson. "We weren't on the same page," Groody said today, adding that it was a mutual parting, and that he's looking; "I'm working a bunch of things." He says he's thinking to stay in the lake area, hopes to do something soon and intends to try to do something "more so on my own."
Michael LaVecchia of Flatiron said he will miss Groody's culinary talent and style, "and his expertise in opening the restaurant was critical." He said he wants to return to the original direction, which emphasized "the highest quality proteins and boutique meats in the country, with a very simplistic execution ... making sure the price point fits with the (concept) and the economy." He said he's interviewing chefs today; he's interested in young talent, and hasn't ruled out hiring from within. Also, expect a marketing campaign from Flatiron; "we're still just in Davidson; we haven't got down to the Birkdale Village people (yet); we don't have the people at the Point at Exit 36."