Nearly two months after the sudden death of restaurateur Matthew Popkin, the popular Unionville eatery bearing his name has officially closed.
A post on Matthew's Restaurant's official Facebook page reads: "On behalf of the Matthew's Staff, we just wanted to reach out and sincerely thank all of the people that have supported us and made us who we are over the years. We have established many new great friendships because of this wonderful restaurant. It truly was a second home to us and we each added new members to our 'family' in the process. We never could have done this without each and every one of you."
Kelly Martin, a longtime manager at Matthew's, confirmed the closing Tuesday morning, saying the restaurant had been shuttered since the week of Popkin's passing. The 57-year-old owner died Feb. 4.
Popkin, a New Orleans native, opened the restaurant in the fall of 2009, imbuing the menu with touches of Cajun and Creole influence. His tableside Caesar salad and bananas Foster preparations quickly became signature experiences in the dining room.
In a Feb. 21 Facebook tribute, his staff wrote: "Matthew was full of life and had a personality that brightened even the darkest room. He had a heart of gold and his heart belonged to his restaurant. His dream in life that came true...He made such a lasting impression on so many people and the amount of love and support has been amazing."