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.