Sad Good-Bye: Colin Devlin
Brooklyn, New York—Tragically, pioneering Brooklyn restaurateur Colin Devlin, 42, ended his own life in July. A month earlier, he had closed his Michelin-starred restaurant, Dressler, stating that an agreement could not be reached over renewing the lease. His other two restaurants, DuMont and DuMont Burger, remain open.
In July/August 2006 Dressler graced the cover of Food Arts. In her article, Brooklyn Hits a Homer, covering the then-emerging Brooklyn restaurant scene, Laura Stanley wrote “In Williamsburg, the arrival of Colin Devlin’s Dressler…heralds a coming of age for an urban-industrial area…. Devlin…has opened a destination dining room.”
An outpouring of devotion and an appreciation for Devlin’s influence on the world of Brooklyn restaurants as well as sympathy for his wife and two children has flooded the Internet. A touching remembrance in the New York Times, on August 23, summed it up best: “Restaurants Were His Life.”