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Restaurant Review: Greg Cox gives 3 1/2 stars to Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar

Go HERE to read Greg's review of the newest Rocky Top Hospitality restaurant. (Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar used to be Rockwell's.)

I've been remiss in posting links to Greg's recent reviews. (I've been sick or my toddler has been sick the last few weeks.) So here they are:

  • Greg gave 2 1/2 stars to Tomato Pie in Crabtree Valley Mall. Go HERE to read review.
  • Greg gave 2 1/2 stars to Fig Cafe & Wine Bar in Wake Forest. Go HERE to read review.

Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar now open in Cary

Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar opens this week in Cary, replacing Rockwell's American Grill.

The new restaurant is the work of Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, a local restaurant group that got its start with the beloved Michael Dean's restaurant in North Raleigh. Ogan envisions his new restaurant as similar to Michael Dean's, which was known for its fresh seafood.

The menu at the new Dean's Seafood Grill & Bar includes a shrimp and scallop risotto, pistachio-encrusted salmon, pink peppercorn and coriander-encrusted tuna and pan-seared crab cakes. A portion of the menu will change each week to reflect the seasonal availability of fish and seafood. To see a menu, go HERE.

The restaurant is located at 1080 Darrington Dr., Cary. It is open 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. Sundays.

To read my story last month about Ogan and his business partner, Jeff Schneck, going their separate ways, go HERE.

Michael Dean's returns under a new name, Draft to close

If you missed my story Saturday about the changes inside Rocky Top Hospitality, go HERE.

Owner Dean Ogan is bring back Michael Dean's under a new name, closing Draft on Glenwood South and making major changes at his company.

Bogart's American Grill to close in downtown Raleigh

After 10 years as a downtown Raleigh staple, Bogart's American Grill will close its doors at the end of this month.

The closure is part  of an ongoing effort to renew and refresh this year from Bogart's parent company, Raleigh-based Rocky Top Hospitality. Already, Rocky Top renovated its Twisted Fork restaurant in North Raleigh and shuttered its first-ever restaurant, Michael Deans. That location is currently being renovated to become the chain's second Tribeca Tavern restaurant.

Rocky Top owner Dean Ogan said the Bogart's closure had a lot to do with timing.

"I've got a 10-year lease, and my 10-year lease is up," he said. "It had a good run, but this is a very trendy business, and I've either got to invest significant capital in that location and refresh the concept or close."

Bogart's final day of business will be Feb. 27. The restaurant's 40 employees were offered positions at other Rocky Top restaurants.

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