I’m a big fan of Kevin and Stacey Jennings and their restaurants. Frazier’s is one of the top places in the Triangle. Vivace is a hip Italian establishment with a great vibe. And Porter’s is one of my favorite every day type of restaurant. South, in Raleigh’s North Hills, however, is a different story. I never really loved the place, primarily because I never understood what they were trying to do. The food could be good, but it was inconsistent and disjointed.
Well, South shall not rise again as it will be closing on June 7. The good news is that the Jennings will be opening a French brasserie in the same location this fall. I’m looking forward to this venture, where I can get three different types of moules frites or a cassoulet when the cold weather hits. Breads will be made in house. The wine list will be all French, and I know Scott Lutgenau, their Director of Operations and Sommelier, is already salivating over that prospect.
Interestingly, just like the classic brasseries, this place will be open all day, serving breakfast, too!
The space will be completely renovated, which is essential, as South’s decor never worked for me. I’m looking forward to seeing the black and white tiled floors, accordion folding doors, and bistro mirrors.
I’ll see if I can get into the place while they’re renovating and provide you with some updates (including photos).
Frankly, I’m extremely excited about this change, and this should be a great addition to North Hills.