City Market Grill: Fully open-air restaurant opens at City Market in downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH (WTVD) – The outdoor area of ​​the former High Horse Restaurant in downtown Raleigh has transformed into an outdoor area filled with picnic tables and chairs; under a tent is a portable kitchen. The owner of City Market Grill has decided to open a restaurant suitable for COVID-19 where everything is outside.

City Market Grill started its service about three weeks ago, offering sandwiches, kebabs and other snacks like Mexican street corn, all cooked over an open fire.

“We’re always fighting the wind, the heat,” City Market Grill executive chef James Eason said.

The new restaurant serves tasty food while meeting customer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some people don’t want to dine indoors right now. They feel more comfortable eating in the fresh air, which this new place offers.

“We want to fully comply with all safety rules and regulations, and that’s why we designed the exterior concept. The times we live in demand it.”

The grill is located outside the old High Horse restaurant which closed at the start of the pandemic.

Workers said the response so far has been excellent from people who have dined under the stars.

Eason understands that some might think it is strange to open in the midst of an economic crisis, given that many surrounding restaurants have either closed or closed permanently.

“I don’t want to give up. I don’t want to throw in the towel just because we have to reinvent or change something. We have the space and this space deserves to be more of a culinary center of the city,” Eaison says.

As the weather warms and cooler temperatures start to set in, staff plan to install heaters and build more fireplaces.

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