'Big Ed' restaurant founder dies
Posted February 2, 2021 3:56 p.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2021 12:04 a.m. EST
Raleigh, N.C. — The founder of the downtown Raleigh restaurant Big Ed's died Tuesday, according to his daughter.
"Big Ed" Watkins, 88, was injured a month ago in a car accident while on his way to the restaurant that bears his name, his daughter Menette Price said.
Watkins' condition had been improving before he contracted COVID-19 and then pneumonia while at Sunnybrook Rehabilitation Center, Price said.
Watkins was due to get out of COVID-19 isolation Tuesday morning when Price said his heart stopped.
Watkins, a native of Wake County, founded Big Ed's Restaurant in 1958. He opened the City Market location in 1989.
Watkins retired in 2006 when the restaurant was bought by Sam and Lynn Hobgood.