Raleigh City Council's excessively wasteful pursuit of a white-tablecloth restaurant — that is, a white-tablecloth restaurant on Fayetteville Street, dagnabbit, not where risk-taking entrepreneurs paying attention to market trends chose to locate theirs — failed with The Mint, but did not end there.
If anything, the city politicians' bumbling restaurateuring appears to be getting sillier with their new tenant, Bolt, while at the same time looking more and more unnecessary even according to its foundational purpose. Raleigh, after all, is becoming a diner's paradise with a wealth of options.
First: for background on Raleigh's failed "experiment" with The Mint, see the work of my friend and retired colleague Michael Sanera.
Now: Here is where things stand with Bolt. The News & Observer reported on June 3: