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Tupelo Honey Cafe to open Raleigh location this fall

Posted April 14, 2014

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— Award-winning Asheville restaurant Tupelo Honey Cafe is headed to Raleigh, the restaurant announced Monday on its website. 

The Southern eatery will open a 5,800 square-foot restaurant inside the new 401 Oberlin apartments across from the Cameron Village shopping area in late fall. The location, currently under construction, will seat 220 guests and include a patio.

Raleigh will be its 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, Tenn. They are planning to open restaurants in Johnson City, Tenn. in June and in Atlanta in 2015. 

Some of their signature menu items include sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and grits and "Fried Chicken Saltimbocca and Moonshine Mary."

"We’ve long admired the food scene that has grown up around the Triangle," Tupelo Honey owner Steve Frabitore said. "When the opportunity to move in to 425 Oberlin presented itself, we jumped. We look forward to being a part of the Raleigh business community"

Tupelo Honey chef Brian Sonoskus and Elizabeth Sims met with media and shared slices of some freshly prepared pecan pie on Monday afternoon. They said the focus isn't to bring an "Asheville restaurant to Raleigh." They want to make it a true Raleigh restaurant with decor showcasing the area's talent (they are seeking out local artists) and using local suppliers when possible. 

The first tenants at 401 Oberlin are expected to move in next month, representatives said. Spaces are still available at the complex that will also house Benelux Cafe. 

Those looking to dine at the building will have access to a parking lot on the lower-level, which is open to visitors. Residential parking will be in a different section. There will also be a lot nearby that is reserved for Tupelo Honey Cafe customers


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  • Jimm57 Apr 15, 2014

    I don't understand. Restaurants open nearly every day in the triangle, but WRAL plugs this one. Hmmmm? Is there a connection with WRAL and the restaurant I'm missing?

  • spiritseeker Apr 15, 2014

    "There will also be a lot nearby that is reserved for Tupelo Honey Cafe customers"

    How many of the spaces in the lot on either side of Daniels will be reserved. Finding a spot in the lots on either side of Daniels is already difficult and during the Christmas shopping time it is darn near impossible.

  • rduwxboy Apr 14, 2014

    I've been to one in Greenville, it was okay- nothing spectacular though. As with anything else, you tend to lose the quality when it expands past the original.

  • John Ragan Apr 14, 2014
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    We ate at the first one in Asheville when our son was in school there...Sunday brunch was the best.

    Unfortunately since the opening of the other restaurants the quality has not stayed the same

  • NCSU84 Apr 14, 2014

    Cameron Village is a mad house to park on weekends. With these new Apts going up, there be more traffic. Used to enjoy Flying Biscuit on weekend nights as not too crowded. With these apts going online soon. The eateries will be busier....

  • Ijaz Fahted Apr 14, 2014
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    You are absolutely right. Too bad our reporters don't. Hey, at least they got the "Oberlin" part right.

  • Garry Spears Apr 14, 2014
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    I've been to the one in Asheville and it was great.

  • walkindogs Apr 14, 2014

    Love their entrees! So excited they are coming to our area:0)

  • Dana McCall Apr 14, 2014
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    I sure hope the fire department and tax assessors know the difference between Oberlin St. and Oberlin Rd.

  • Grant Boettcher Apr 14, 2014
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    You all are going to love it! We live near two of them in Asheville.