Fosters in Chapel Hill sold

Dec. 25, 2012 @ 05:03 PM

Christmas came early for Sera Cuni and her partner Susan White, who have purchased the Foster’s Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from longtime owner Sara Foster.
The deal for the popular restaurant and retail shop was inked on Friday.
Foster, 60, will maintain ownership of the Foster’s Market located in Durham on Chapel Hill Boulevard.
Cuni, who has worked as the store’s general manager for several years, said Monday that Foster approached her about buying the restaurant about a year ago.
“She is getting ready to slightly retire and the lease is up next year and she didn’t know if she wanted to renew it for another 10 years,” Cuni said.
Cuni said also it was important to her that the restaurant remains open.
“I also didn’t want to see Foster’s end,” Cuni said. “It’s a Chapel Hill landmark.”
Cuni said nothing will change about the way the restaurant operates or looks, but the name of the restaurant will likely change in two years.
“We haven’t even thought of that yet,” Cuni said when asked if a new name has been chosen. “We’ll figure something out.”
Cuni, a graduate of a Connecticut culinary school, moved to the Triangle about 13 years ago.
She worked at the Fearrington House Inn for four years and Nordstrom’s Bistro before moving to Fosters where she worked as a chef and later was promoted to general manager.
Foster is a graduate of the New York Restaurant School and worked for some of the top restaurants and caterers, including Martha Stewart, before eventually pursuing her life-long dream of opening a gourmet food market and café.
That dream brought her to Durham where she opened the first Foster’s on Chapel Hill Boulevard.