by Audra Anders for The Aha! Connection
I didn’t believe it when I received an email last night notifying me that Wright’s Gourmet has closed. I responded quickly with: “I’m sure that isn’t true”.
I was wrong.
To say I have been bombarded with inquiries today would be an understatement. I texted the following note to Matt Wright around noon today:
“I’m not trying to get scoop….that’s not my style. I’m only reaching out to tell you that in my entire career with The Aha! Connection, the closing of Wright’s Gourmet has generated more emails and texts to me than any other event. The community is surprised and sad and mourning the loss of an excellent restaurant staple in our community. Sure – some people are just nosy but I believe the majority want to make sure y’all are ok and offer to help…. if that could bring Wright’s back. Our mutual friend assures me that nobody is sick and for that news I am grateful. I simply wanted you to know that people care and if I can help in any way I’m happy to. If you’d like to issue a statement, I’ll gladly publish. I’m also totally okay if you ignore this text. My husband was raised in a family that owned an Auburn University bookstore for three generations so I’m well versed in all that’s tricky about family businesses. I wish you the best in your next chapter. Sadly, I’m suddenly craving a Glenda’s Garden sandwich.”
Matt responded and we are scheduled to chat this afternoon. I will honor his privacy and his wishes and will only share publicly what he allows me to share.
I’ll paste below the farewell notes on Matt and Allison Wright’s Facebook pages.
Matt Wright’s Facebook post from this morning:
Since 1984 it has been our family’s honor and joy to share our food with so many great customers at The Wright Gourmet Shoppe. There are simply no words to describe what it has meant to us and how much we will always cherish the friendships that were born in this place. My favorite friendship that was born here at Wright’s was my friendship with a beautiful blonde that came here looking for a job and got more than she bargained for, she said yes and four sons later I’m the luckiest guy in the world. Thank you, Allison. We can’t thank the incredible people that we worked with through the years enough, fantastic memories! For me, the chance to work with my Mom and Dad was one of the greatest gifts of my life. The most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned were from them at home and in Wright’s. I will miss this place, but the memories I’ll take with me will be about the people….it’s always the people! The relationships with customers, vendors, employees, family….we were and are truly blessed. So many of you “customers” are family and always will be. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of these great years, we love and appreciate you all. God bless you and yours. Matt
Allison Wright’s Facebook post from this morning:
It is with a heavy heart that I share this news…after 35 years this sweet place that gave me so much has closed its doors. My first job at 16, the place where I met my husband and soooooooo many dear friends. So many great memories in this kitchen and dining room. I will cherish them forever!! Thank you to the Dunwoody community and to our friends that would come dine with us! We will always be proud of the food we served. It was THE BEST! We love you all so much and we know the Lord has big plans for our family….I love you Matt Wright!!!!