With a raised glass and a smile on his face, a fixture of local business in Warsaw said goodbye recently to the town he has called home.
On Feb. 28, Jim Fallon, the former owner of The Northern Neck Gourmet in Warsaw, sat down to discuss the closing of his Main Street business, which he has operated since 1997.
“The hardest thing about closing is saying goodbye to all of the people who really have appreciated this place, the service and the different sort of things we offered here, said the chef, who was trained at the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in New York.
The store has always had a unique feel, from world-class wines from both Virginia and across the world, to unique cheeses, brunches, desserts and other gourmet offerings.
Fallon, who said that he loves Warsaw and its people, explained that the decision to close was hard, but was based in his need to be closer to his family, paired with an increasingly difficult economy.
“There has been a developmental process here over the years and customers have nurtured this environment,” Fallon said. “Through their support, I have been encouraged and seen a wonderful side of this region.
“I have always loved Warsaw because this is the real world,” Fallon added, noting that after growing up in many larger cities, the Northern Neck was eye opening.
“Here I finally found true people and realized the interconnectedness of the community and humanity,” Fallon said…
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