Good read. I remember when Durham had just two or three special places to eat dinner out. Almost always, I was too broke to go these places, but I did make it to Magnolia Grill a couple of times. I wish we still had Magnolia, but its owners seem to have wisely checked out of the Durham restaurant boom just as it was heating up.
I suspect that our current favorite spot, Gocciolina, is immune from the bubble, because it’s located in a non-neighborhood that will not become fashionable in a hundred million years.