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The Pit Durham Authentic Barbecue – Now Open

We North Carolinians take our barbecue seriously. The Pit has long been a favorite local Raleigh NC barbecue joint in downtown’s warehouse district. They are famous for their upscale take on authentic whole-hog, pit-cooked barbecue. Now, we are thrilled to welcome The Pit to Durham!

Their new digs are located on Geer Street, in a former soda and water bottling plant. The location is part of downtown Durham but a little further north, a block away from the original Durham Bulls Stadium, in the neighborhood known as Durham’s D.I.Y. District. This transformative area has gone from practically abandoned to flourishing in just a few short years – in no small part due to the community of food trucks who made this area popular with their epic rodeos, the farmer’s market, as well as the businesses such as Fullsteam, Motorco and Geer Street Garden which took a risk on being in an area in transition, but have essentially created a new nook of downtown in the process.

Greg Hatem, founder of Empire Eats (the restaurant group to which The Pit belongs), has played a similar role in downtown Raleigh, and now he has joined the club in Durham. This project which began in summer of 2012 has come full circle, as The Pit Durham officially opens today!

I attended their opening party on Saturday night and was very impressed with the roomy, sleek ambiance. The funky look of exposed brick walls painted clean cream is complemented by concrete floors and tall ceilings with wooden rafters. Guests can lounge at the chic bar area, or dine right next to the kitchen, taking in the tasty smells and hubbub of meats being prepared on wood stoves, while nestled into beautiful family style farm tables.

I was over the moon for the fresh pork n’ fixins that guests sampled! I am thrilled to have a new spot that not only serves delectable BBQ done right, but also a fresh bounty of delicious side dishes using fresh and local NC ingredients.

The Pit Durham Dining Room

The Pit Durham

The Pit Durham Bar Area

Also in development is a second restaurant space upstairs, with a rooftop, open-air patio overlooking the Durham skyline. Hopefully construction will be complete by the time next year’s warm weather rolls in – that is going to be the place to be summer of 2014! I also have a good feeling it will be in high-demand for private parties!


Be one of the first Durham foodies to eat at The Pit – check out their inaugural Thanksgiving lunch this Thursday from 11AM-4PM. Call 919.282.3748 for reservations.

Since The Pit Durham is just 2 blocks from the SB&G office, I know we’ll be frequenting this spot! See y’all there!

Check out Empire Eats‘ other restaurants in Raleigh – Gravy, Sitti, Morning Times, and Raleigh Times. Empire also has two beautiful event facilities which are members of the SB&G Family of recommended wedding venues – All Saints Chapel and The Stockroom at 230.

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