Colin Devlin, the brilliant mind behind some of Brooklyn's best restaurants, was found dead in his car in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania this afternoon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Devlin, who was 42 at the time of his death, was born and raised in the Philly area, and got his start in the business washing dishes at age 14. In 2001, Devlin moved to NYC and went to work at legendary restaurants Balthazar and Pravda.
A few years later, Devlin started his own mini empire in Brooklyn, where he opened popular eateries DuMont, DuMont Burger, and the recently-shuttered Dressler. He was seen as one of the pioneers of the farm-to-table movement, which is now the most overused concept and buzzword in the business.
Apparently, Devlin was depressed and despondent after a business meeting yesterday, where he found out his restaurants were failing and he was declined for a business loan. Later in the day, he texted his wife asking her to take care of the children, and then drove alone to his home in Pennsylvania, where his wife said he kept a gun.
The Eater Philly family sends our warmest condolences to the Devlin family during this difficult time.