Ed Mitchell To Open Barbecue Joint in Raleigh

September 12, 2007

ed-mitchell.jpg As I posted earlier today at eGullet, Ed Mitchell, the famed “Pitmaster” of eastern style North Carolina barbecue, has a deal in the works with local developer/restaurateur Greg Hatem to open a new barbecue joint in Raleigh. Gourmet’s “Diary of a Foodie” was filming a segment on Mitchell in his hometown of Wilson, NC on Monday. It will be interesting to see how things work out, as Mitchell is still involved in litigation regarding his previous restaurant.

Mitchell is certainly a great promoter and he can make some mighty fine barbecue, and I hope his partnering with Hatem will give him the business expertise that he always lacked. Mitchell is a flawed businessman and readily points the finger at others for his failings. And Hatem hasn’t always had a great relationship with chefs, as evidenced by the toxic break-up with Ashley Christensen. Regardless, Raleigh could FINALLY be a barbecue destination. I can’t wait for that.