This is a post by N&O restaurant critic Greg Cox:
Todd Whitney, who was the opening chef at J. Betski’s in Raleigh and more recently has worked as chef de cuisine at Vin Rouge, is teaming up with former Vin Rouge bar manager Greg Demarchie to open Oval Park Grille (1116 Broad St.) in the old Broad Street Café space next to Watts Grocery.
The partners are targeting a December opening for the restaurant, which is named for a historic neighborhood park nearby. In keeping with that spirit, the partners are aiming for a casual neighborhood grill atmosphere and what Whitney is calling a “no frills” menu of sandwiches, salads and daily specials to match.
“The food will be ingredient-driven and chef-driven,” he says, but we won’t be serving on fancy plates.”
Demarchie will run the front of the house. His experience at Vin Rouge will also come in handy in developing the bar offering at Tonic, which the partners are opening next door in an erstwhile violin shop.
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