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Lucie Slone Meyers, the matriarch of Lexington’s culinary culture, dies at age 68

Veteran Lexington restaurateur Lucie Slone Meyers died Wednesday afternoon at her home following a battle with lung cancer. She was 68.

Meyers’ latest venture, the Red Light Kitchen & Lounge at 780 North Limestone, opened in February. She had closed her previous restaurant, a la Lucie at 159 North Limestone, in 2015 after 31 years.

Meyers said at the time that higher rent at that spot was a factor in her decision to move farther north on Limestone, into the site of a former Mexican grocery store.

She then discovered that she had lung cancer. Still, Meyers was determined to open the Red Light, even though she joked that she might have to keep a couch around for rest breaks because of her flagging energy.

By February, Meyers had received cancer treatment, her hair was growing back, and she was looking forward to opening the Red Light, saying that the last year without a restaurant home had been a lonely one.

Meyers had opened a raft of other Lexington spots, including the Rosebud, Roy & Nadine’s, the Phoenix, Pacific Pearl and the Julep Cup.

Meyers’ sister, Anne Bates Allen, said the two had planned to visit Ikea and Jungle Jim’s international market in Ohio on Thursday. Last week, Meyers had said that she missed her rituals, such as switching out her dining room table cloth with the seasons.

An artist herself, Meyers surrounded herself with other artists and actors. The late Irish poet and Nobel Prize winner Seamus Heaney ate at a la Lucie; so did writer Stephen King, and playwright and actor Sam Shepherd.

Mayor Jim Gray’s mother, Lois, used to eat at a la Lucie once a week and regularly order flan for dessert; the restaurant didn’t make that dessert, so Meyers would have it brought in just for Mrs. Gray.

Gray said on Wednesday night that Meyers “had remarkable gifts and such an irrepressible spirit. She made everyone feel special, and she loved and understood what’s special and unique about Lexington.”

Chef Jonathan Lundy, owner of Corto Lima, called Meyers his “culinary mother.”

“She was Lexington’s first superstar chef,” said Lundy, who had worked with Meyers at two restaurants.

Ouita Michel, owner of Honeywood and Holly Hill Inn, said that Meyers “paved the way for me and for a lot of my friends.”

“She was a matriarch and a pioneer,” said Allen, her sister. “She was fierce. And she helped others. ... She had a big heart. She was known for her big laugh, her outrageous comments, her flair and style. She touched so many lives.”

Meyers is survived by her siblings Anne Bates Allen, Jamie Bates and Susan Bates Creacy; her son, Harold Slone Jr.; her daughter, Sasha Slone Miller; and grandchildren Joshua and Tallulha Miller.

Milward’s Funeral Home on Broadway is in charge of arrangements, which are pending.

Cheryl Truman: 859-231-3202, @CherylTruman

Reporter Janet Patton contributed information for this article.