Raleigh, N.C. — 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