After nine years, OXO to close
"OXO bids you farewell," say owners John Haywood and Alice Kim in a statement to the Hook. "After nine years of food, drink, dance, laughter, chaos, amazing times, stress ridden ones, stupid mistakes, outrageous parties, remarkable friends, wonderful guests, ridiculous assholes, and everything else that made OXO Restaurant one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives, we are now burnt out, craving time off, not enjoying this recession, and needing to participate in life outside our restaurant bubble. So we are changing gears."
Back in April, event-mistress Kim (conceiver of the the popular Artini parties) announced that she had taken a gig organizing special events at the National Gallery of Art, an opportunity that she described as "too intriguing" to pass up.
"Working at the gallery revealed how burnt out John and I had become running the restaurant," says Kim in an email today. "While we absolutely loved it, we were also tired of how the restaurant affected our personal and family life. And, this non-recession recession was really stressful. Basically, an opportunity came up and we took it."
This week, Kim and Haywood plan to run an ad in the Hook announcing the decision, but here's a preview of what they'd like to say to everyone who supported them over the years...and a little window, we think, into the local restaurant world:
To our guests: Thank you for all your support, compliments, complaints, and the opportunity to serve you.
To Charlottesville restaurants: Continue to kick ass and be fabulous! The pranks, inside stories, borrowing, staff swapping, sales comparisons, amiable competition, proud egos, and shared dread of the slow season made for great friendships and much hilarity.
To our gorgeous staff throughout the years: You are Superstars, Divas, and Phenomenal Human Beings! In the midst of all the love, hate, and drama you were the foundation to our success and longevity. An exceptionally tight, dysfunctional family any therapist would kill to study, the most incredible moments have come from sharing time with all of you. You have touched us in magical ways and we will truly treasure the memories. You deserve to be trust fund babies!
Best wishes to all: Practice safe sex. Drink Virginia wine. Be Green. Vote!