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Ed Mitchell's 'Que now open at ATC

Posted May 28

Pitmaster Ed Mitchell of Wilson, N.C., checks one of the whole hogs he cooked at the Second Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, in New York City, Saturday, June 12, 2004. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ed Mitchell, the barbecue pit master who helped bring national attention to The Pit in Raleigh, has opened his new restaurant 'Que at American Tobacco Campus, officials announced Wednesday. 

'Que is located on the ground floor of the new Diamond View III building. The menu will feature Mitchell's whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue and new items like pork rind crusted brie. There is a full bar, including a host of local beer, and a diverse wine selection. 

'Que has about 150 seats inside and more on an outdoor patio.

The restaurant's hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and closed Sundays. It will operate extended hours on DPAC event and Durham Bulls game nights. 

Mitchell has been featured in Bon Appetit magazine and famously faced off against Food Network's Bobby Flay in a cook-off. He has become an international barbecue ambassador to connoisseurs across the globe and recently traveled to Australia. 

Mitchell parted ways with The Pit three years ago to pursue other ventures. 

The Pit opened its Durham location last year. 

Note: Capitol Broadcasting Company, which owns WRAL, also owns American Tobacco Campus.

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  • davidgnews May 28, 8:41 p.m.

    BBQ for yuppies.

  • ThomasL May 28, 3:19 p.m.

    The store in Wilson closed because he was sent to prison for tax evasion.But it looks left now the crime does pay...

  • Tarheel Takeover May 28, 2:57 p.m.

    Does The Pit still use his Bar B Q recipe since he left, or was he able to keep that?

  • keeprightexcepttopass May 28, 2:01 p.m.

    I tried the Pit several years ago, after he got a little too famous. Food was "ok" but prices were ridiculous. Just like Mama Dips, folks get a taste of the spotlight then jack up prices and lower food quality. No thanks....

  • gman007 May 28, 12:54 p.m.

    When I retired and moved back to the area I began hearing about this guy. Some good, some not so good. Anyway, one day I decided to go try his que to compare it to Parker's and Bill's but his restaurant was closed. Some time later I went by and there was a really nice new building, just no restaurant. I think now it's a bar/lounge called Utopia. It seems over the years that I keep hearing about 'new restaurants' being opened by this gentleman. Only they close or he leaves for 'other ventures'. Don't know what 'other ventures' are because it's always the same thing, open a que place and then poof, gone.

    Guess I'd better go find this place pretty quick if I want to taste 'his' que.

  • Wheelman May 28, 12:47 p.m.

    No thanks! I'll stick with Stephenson's.

  • ECU4lyf May 28, 12:08 p.m.

    we sure do miss him here in the Rocky Mount/ Wilson area

  • newssaavy72 May 28, 11:22 a.m.

    Can't wait to try to it out. I hated it when he left the Pit.

  • jonnyonthespot May 28, 10:54 a.m.

    Come on WRAL, do some background work on your articles. This guy also beat Bobby Flay on that 'Throwdown'! You failed to mention that.

  • itlsss May 28, 10:42 a.m.

    He's a good cook, he just needs to keep "family" away from the cash register.