The Oakz (Closed)
510 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603
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American Cuisine - Located in downtown Raleigh on Glenwood Ave.
The OAKZ is a family owned and operated restaurant. Ira Freedman and Jaclyn Starritt, father and daughter, are the creative duo behind this concept. When choosing a name for our restaurant we wanted something to connect us to the Raleigh community. We took the initials of the grandchildren (Oakleigh, Annie, Karli, and Zack) and realized Raleigh is the City of Oaks. It was perfect, so with the change of one letter, The OAKZ was created.
Ira Freedman has a passion for the restaurant business and has always wanted a place of his own. He has spent the past 14 years working as a general manger in nightclubs and restaurants for other people and finally decided it was time to go out on his own. Ira was born and raised in North Carolina and met his wife, Mary, while living in New York. They returned to Ira’s birth state 22 years ago with their two daughters.
Jaclyn Starritt worked her way through high school and college in the restaurant industry and found herself sharing her father’s passion for the business. She always thought she would eventually have the opportunity to open her own place. In the meantime, Jaclyn pursued a Ph.D. in Psychology and has a private practice in Cary. She has been married for 13 years and has 3 children.
In the conceptualization of The OAKZ, Ira and Jaclyn worked to create a statement that would summarize what their restaurant was and how they wanted others to view it. They created a mission statement that embodies their philosophy on what a restaurant should be.
Our goal at The Oakz is to provide innovative, practical and superior quality products that will improve and enhance the quality of our guests’ dining experience. A feeling of comfort, friendly service and good value will create a memorable and enjoyable experience for all whom enter our doors. We strive to follow the philosophy that our customers are number one and should be treated as invited guests; as well as be seen as an innovator in our industry, through our commitment to creating an “Enjoyable dining” experience.
Ira and Jaclyn are committed to giving their guests the ultimate dining experience. The OAKZ features American Cuisine with a flare. All items on the menu were created by our Executive Chef, Jabari Wadlington. In the coming months, returning guests will be able to experience additional dishes that will highlight a new region or state of our country every month. We hope offering these specials will help us explore our beautiful country and provide our guests with a fresh dining experience that keeps them coming back for more.
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