Tupelo Honey Cafe, a popular restaurant serving farm-fresh blue ridge mountain cuisine, announced Monday that it is opening a restaurant in Raleigh's Cameron Village in the fall of 2014. The restaurant will open in a 5,800 square foot space in the 401 Oberlin development, which will feature indoor and open air seating.
The restaurant's casual, colorful and whimsical atmosphere and farm-to-fork New South cuisine have grown in popularity since its opening in 2000, spurring the additional locations, and two Tupelo Honey Cafe cookbooks. The second cookbook, Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains, was released last week.
Cookbook authors Executive Chef Brian Sonoskus and Elizabeth Sims, VP of Marketing for Tupelo Honey Cafe, were in Raleigh for today's announcement and they brought the restaurant's pecan pie with them to let the media taste what is in store for residents when the restaurant opens its doors this fall.
"The South is a diverse place, and we like to bring our own unique twist to Southern cuisine with scratch-made food," stated Sims.
Tupelo Honey Cafe also offers breakfast all-day on its menu. Sims told the crowd, "Chef Brian's Sweet Potato Pancakes are so good that you really could eat them all day."
Steve Frabitore, owner of Tupelo Honey Cafe remarked, “When the opportunity to move in to 401 Oberlin presented itself, we jumped. We look forward to being a part of the Raleigh business community.”
The Raleigh restaurant will be Tupelo Honey’s fourth in North Carolina joining the Charlotte, Southside Asheville and original Downtown Asheville cafe, which opened in 2000. Tupelo Honey also has locations in Greenville, S.C., Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn. and will be opening restaurants in Johnson City, Tenn. in June 2014 and Atlanta, G.A. in 2015.