Sad news from Lexington where Mark Thompson, the owner of Whitley’s Restaurant, died in a motorcycle accident on April 15th. I did not know Mr. Thompson and only dined at his restaurant once but, as with most locally owned restaurants, Whitley’s was obviously a labor of love. He was also a strong supporter of The Barbecue Festival, in which Whitley’s was a regular participant. It is not yet clear whether the restaurant will re-open.
My condolences to Mr. Thompson’s family and friends and to the loyal patrons who knew him through his restaurant.