In restaurants, Dolores Kostelni was always somebody else.
Whether she made reservations under the fictitious name of Colette Wakefield, used a credit card stamped with her daughter’s married name, or admonished her husband to not call her “Dolores,” it was done to protect her anonymity as a restaurant reviewer.
On Friday, I learned Dolores is gone.
After a doctor’s appointment in Charlottesville on Tuesday, she decided to take a walk, one of her favorite pastimes. She was struck by a van at the corner of East Rio Road and Putt Putt Place, and died of her injuries on Thursday evening. She was 75.
According to The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress, the van driver, Wayne David Craft of Keene, was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian.
If anything positive can result from this tragedy, it is that I am finally able to share with readers the real Dolores — the mother, the student, the cookbook author and the woman who reviewed hundreds of restaurants for The Roanoke Times over a 23-year span, agonizing over the accuracy and fairness of each and every article.
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