Empire Eats is reshaping downtown Raleigh as a modern culinary destination!
Our passion for great food and excellent hospitality are woven through the unique dining experiences at our six downtown Raleigh and Durham restaurants and our Catering division.
Each restaurant is distinct in flavor and personality while staying true to its heritage, from the Lebanese food on Sitti's table to our Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue at The Pit. It all starts with our talented array of chefs. At The Pit restaurants in Raleigh and Durham, Executive Chefs Melanie Finkel and Billy Carter are serving up traditional whole-hog pit-cooked barbecue and delicious Southern sides. Chef Donaldo Guzman pays homage to our Sitti's favorite Lebanese dishes at Sitti. At The Raleigh Times Bar, Draft Magazine’s 2015 Keeper of the Craft winner, Chef Bryan Rephann prepares hand-crafted, creative takes on classic bar fare alongside an extensive Belgian beer selection and locally and regionally crafted beers. The Morning Times Head Barista Casey Porn and Executive Chef Matt Scofield serve up locally roasted coffee, healthy breakfast fare and fresh sandwiches by day and wine and homemade confections by night. At Gravy, our own Italian-American kitchen, Head Chef Brent Hopkins uses fresh tomatoes and locally grown herbs to create our signature Gravy, the same way it was made in restaurants in Italian neighborhoods decades ago. And our obsession with food and hospitality doesn’t end in the restaurant. Seasoned Executive Chef James Huff is always ready to feed a crowd at our Empire Eats Catering kitchen, thoughtfully preparing the dishes you know and love for weddings, parties, special events and more.
Our celebration of food and the desire to serve you well unite these uncommon dining experiences offered in our locally owned and managed eateries. The atmosphere in our downtown Raleigh restaurants is also as unique as the culinary selections, each set perfectly in historic buildings that have been preserved and given new life as comfortable, distinctive dining destinations for your enjoyment.
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