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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Memorial Service set for Head Chef Russell Bugbee

The Alex's Place family was hit with devastating news that head chef Russell Bugbee was killed in a car crash late Thursday night of the 21st of October.  It is unfathomable how one could be with you one minute and gone the next.  To anyone who has lost a loved one, you've no doubt experienced this delicacy of life as well.  Here at Alex's Place we are family and have come together to morn the loss of a great talent and friend. 

Russ has been apart of our staff from the beginnings of Buffalo Brother restaurant in Raleigh NC and moved north to head up the team here at Alex's Place to help an old friend out.  His talents were amazing and from the first wine dinner featuring 6 courses of gourmet entrees we knew he'd found his calling here at Alex's.  He will be missed.

We have set Monday November 1st as our memorial day for Russell and will be closed until 3pm for a service to be held here at the restaurant.  If you knew Russ and would like to come and pay your respects, we'd love to have you attend.  Service will begin at 10am.  Thanks so much to all of our guests for your understanding and words of encouragement that we have received over the past few days.   


justin brown said...

I used to work at Alex's place restaraunt for almost 2 years.I wanted to give my condolences to owner Matt Grey, all employee's, and to Chef Russell's family.I was sad to learn of chef Russell's untimely death!I just wanted to say that it was a honor and a privelage to work with chef Russell, one of the best chef's i've ever known...i will attend the memorial service monday and hope to see you there! R.I.P. Russ and god bless us all.

Your friend,
Justin Brown

Alex's Place said...

Thanks so much Justin. We do hope to see you there. For anyone else that is interested, we plan to have a service at 10am then gathering after. Bring your best chef Russell story to share as we all have at least one!

lisa gomborone said...

Anyone who has worked in the restaurant business knows that when one works together- day in, and day out--- for months or years- that particular group of people- server, bussers, bar keepers, dish washers, etc... all become your OTHER FAMILY!
I am truly sorry for the loss of Alex's "FAMILY MEMBER". My sincere sympathies to go out to all of you there- especially Matt and Jen.
With Much Sadness, Thoughts & Prayers,

Lisa Gomborone

Anthony DiFlorio said...

I'm deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your head chef Russell Bugbee. We went to high school together and its so sad to see a great chef and friend leave at such an early age. I'm very proud to say that I knew him and he will forever be missed. My condolences go to everyone at Alex's Place and to the Bugbee family.

Anthony DiFlorio

Megan said...

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Russell. I worked with him for a few years at Buffalo Brothers in Raleigh, NC & he became like a brother to me. He had a great passion about food & how I appreciated how he always told it like it was, but would stand up for you in a given situation. My heart goes out to Boyd, Matty, & the rest of his co-workers both past & present, also to his family & friends.
Megan (Williams) Oxland, Sunapee, NH