Raleigh, N.C. — Award-winning Asheville restaurant Tupelo Honey Cafe will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, but Out and About got an early look at the place.
The 6,500 square-foot restaurant is located inside the new 401 Oberlin apartments across from the Cameron Village shopping area. It features 180 seats, including an outdoor patio with a fire pit.
In addition to their signature menu items like sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and grits and fried chicken, Tupelo Honey has a full bar. Twenty-two craft beers will be on tap and 40 bottles. Fullsteam, Big Boss, Lonerider, Duck-Rabbit, Raleigh Brewing Company, Aviator and Carolina Brewing Company are among the local breweries being featured.
Select cocktails will highlight North Carolina distillers including TOPO, Cardinal Gin and Muddy River Rum.
There are two signature drinks created just for Raleigh: The Big Red Wolf Bloody Mary and Monk's Boulevardier (a twist on a Manhattan).
When you go, make sure to look out for the work of four local artists - Matt McConnell, Linda Dallas, Brandon Cordrey and Jeremy Maronpot. And make sure to take a look at that honeycomb dripping ceiling at the hostess station.
Parking is available in the lower-level of the parking garage inside the building, along the street and in a special lot nearby reserved for Tupelo Honey customers.
The restaurant will be open for dinner only for the first two weeks. On Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, it will be open for brunch only. The restaurant will be open for full operation on Monday, Dec. 15 with lunch and dinner. Brunch and dinner will be served every Saturday and Sunday as well as on holidays.
This is Tupelo Honey Cafe's fourth North Carolina location.
The restaurant opened its first location in 2000 in downtown Asheville. They have since expanded to two locations in Asheville and one in Charlotte. They also have locations in Greenville, S.C., and Knoxville and Chattanooga and Johnson City, Tenn. An Atlanta location will open in 2015.