A few days after I wrote the blog post called “Jamie Kennedy to Sell Wine Bar” on June 11, 2009, I read in the Toronto Star that this may not be the case at all. Susan Sampson, food writer to the Toronto Star, reported on June 12 that Jamie Kennedy “is not considering a private sale” of his wine bar. However, apparently it had been on offer to senior managers of his company, but it seems as though it is not anymore. Kennedy does admit that he’s having a very difficult time financially.
As I mentioned in my post on the subject on June 11, locally sourced produce is typically more expensive than the imported stuff – not only in price, but also in time. It takes time to source what you need because you’re usually working with growers who only have a very small amount of product available. Jamie Kennedy claims that this extra cost is not why he’s having financial difficulties. He blames it on expanding his company too quickly. It seems evident that he is still very much committed to the slow food movement. I applaud his conviction.