A statement from the Point East team reads:
It is with our deepest sorrow that we share the news of the passing of our dear friend, brother and colleague Denn Phelps. Denn had been battling health issues that resulted in sudden heart failure. He passed away peacefully at his home late in the evening of July 22. We will carry on his legacy at Point Easy through his passion for cooking, community and caring. Thank you for your overwhelming support and understanding during this difficult time.Last August, Westword spoke with Denn about his vision for Point Easy.
“Looking at past experiences, the times I’ve been most frustrated is when you let things get [to point chaos],” Denn explained. “Point Easy is feel-good,” he added, referencing when the restaurant and staff run smoothly, translating seamlessly to a positive guest experience.
visited Point Easy in late June, and found a bright and airy addition to the neighborhood serving destination-worthy food. Had the launch aligned with the "point easy" goal? "Sure," Denn replied, "but today I feel I'm at point lucky, point fortunate."
The team took off Sunday, July 23, to process the news of Denn's death; the current plan is to open for regular hours on Wednesday, July 27.
Although it's brand-new, Point Easy is already a promising addition to the dining scene — and a place where we can continue to experience Denn's spirit through the work of his friends and colleagues.