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Big Ed's to open second location in north Raleigh

Posted May 18, 2015

Big Ed's City Market

— Big Ed's is getting even bigger. Owners announced on Monday plans to open a second location in Raleigh.

Big Ed's North is set to open at 5009 Falls of Neuse Road in the Quail Corners Shopping Center in north Raleigh in mid-July.

The rustic decor and menu will be the same as the flagship City Market location, but Big Ed's North will be open for dinner as well as breakfast and lunch.

In its first month of operation, Big Ed's North will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily before transitioning to its permanent operating hours in late August or early September. Those hours will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Big Ed's North will seat about 180 guests and employ 60 people.

Big Ed’s was founded in 1958 by Big Ed Watkins, a native of Wake County. Big Ed’s Restaurant opened its current location in 1989 in the Downtown City Market in conjunction with the city of Raleigh’s revitalization project.

In 2006, the restaurant was bought by Sam and Lynn Hobgood.

"Positive guest interaction and feedback from our guests at the downtown location was our inspiration for opening a second restaurant,” Sam Hobgood said. “It’s a chance to enter a new market at a great location with a positive history. We now have the opportunity to grow our team from within and to help people have an exciting career in the food service industry"


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  • Aanritsen Deur May 22, 2015
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    Moved from up north in 1969. Learned one thing that's always stood me well, "When in Rome..."
    You know the rest.
    Embrace it or ignore it, but don't criticize what was probably here long before you were.

  • Angie Cox May 19, 2015
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    I am just glad they have better hours at this location. the hours for the one downtown totally sucked!

  • Jeffrey Sawyer May 18, 2015
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    Great Food and wonderful staff; I would love to see you come to white oak or surrounding area!

  • Matt Kohr May 18, 2015
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    Before they open another Watkins restaraunt they ought to fix up the old one. The food is delicious, but the small building and confederate memorabilia is a little "behind the times"

  • Lori Coble May 18, 2015
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    This is SO exciting!!! The only time that we ever get to go to Big Eds now is on parade day since we have to be downtown so early. This second location is within walking distance of my house :-)

  • Aanritsen Deur May 18, 2015
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    Hope they come to south Raleigh too. We love that kinda food down here.
    Is this the same Watkins that own the little Watkins Restaurant on Atlantic by the creek?
    They had GOOD food there. It was sad they flooded so frequently.