Well, this isn't news we wanted to hear. Not at all. The Daily News reported about an hour ago that Colin Devlin, the chef behind beloved Williamsburg institutions Dumont, Dumont Burger, and recently-closed Dressler has gone missing, and was last seen leaving his Williamsburg home Wednesday afternoon.
One source the paper that Devlin has been "despondent" over Dressler's abrupt closure as well as recent financial troubles, and police are reportedly concerned about a possible suicide risk. Whatever the case, the NYPD is requesting tips about Devlin's whereabouts to their Crime Stoppers Hotline, (800) 577-TIPS. We wish Devlin well, and very much hope to update with good news about this soon.
Update: The Wall Street Journal reports that Devlin has been found dead in Pennsylvania. From their write-up:
The award-winning chef and owner of several popular Brooklyn restaurants was found dead in his car at a Pennsylvania cemetery Thursday afternoon from an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound, a law-enforcement official said.
This is truly terrible news, and a loss that will be felt in Brooklyn's restaurant community for years to come. Like everyone, we're wishing the best for his family, friends, and co-workers today.
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