Shocking news from the heart of Williamsburg: Colin Devlin, the Michelin-starred chef who brought fine dining to Brooklyn and began the borough’s evolution into a culinary destination, was found dead in his car outside a Pennsylvania graveyard, in an apparent suicide.
Despite the wild popularity of his restaurants (DuMont, DuMont Burger, and the Dressler), Devlin, formerly the chef at Keith McNally’s Balthazar before opening his restaurants, had been struggling to keep his businesses afloat. Sources told the New York Daily News that Devlin had been denied a business loan on Wednesday, and went missing soon after. His wife told authorities that he might have gone to the family’s second home in Pennsylvania, where the family kept a gun locked in a safe. The body of the 42-year-old chef was discovered this morning at the Chestnut Hill Church Cemetery in Coopersburg.
The news of Devlin’s death left his peers in the New York restaurant community shocked, especially since many had no idea that he was struggling. “I haven’t heard anything,” Priscilla Yeh, a chef at DuMont, told the NYDN. “He just passed through here the other day. Nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary.”
The New York Times critic Pete Wells tweeted: “Hard to reconcile the happiness I felt at Dumont & Dressler w/ pain of learning their owner is dead, apparent suicide, & his wife a widow.”
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