There's a rumor going around that Relish is closing. Gossips would love to report that the rumor is false, but, sad to say, it is true. What is not true is that Relish is being evicted from its location on South Front Street. Dana Johnson, chef/owner of Relish, attests that the landlord, Kim Bach, has been nothing but wonderful and supportive. What is true is that, after five years of working 70 to 90 hours a week at a business whose success has succeeded her wildest expectations, Johnson wants a career change.
Johnson told Gossips that when she opened Relish, she expected to be serving lunch to about 50 people a day. It turns out, on any given day, as many as 175 hungry people find their way to Relish seeking breakfast or lunch, and Johnson confesses to having difficulty delegating. She's obsessive about the quality of the food she serves.
We in Hudson have the summer to get used to the idea of life without Relish. July 26 marks the restaurant's fifth anniversary, and on July 28, there will be a Customer Appreciation Party to celebrate. The last day of Relish is September 1. After that, Johnson will set off on a cross-country road trip with her wife, Rebeccah. She's not certain what's next, but she doesn't think she's ready to give up cooking. That's the good news.
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