Raleigh’s North Hills will host Village Tavern


Winston Salem’s Village Tavern will open a new location in the North Raleigh Hills.

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A major North Carolina restaurant brand is the first restaurant project to join expanding North Hills in Raleigh.

Village Tavern, which opened its first restaurant in Winston Salem more than 30 years ago, announced this week that it will add a new location in the new North Hills prime neighborhood. It will be the fifth Village Tavern to open in North Carolina, following two restaurants in Winston-Salem, as well as locations in Charlotte and Greensboro. Other Village Tavern locations are mostly in southeastern states like Florida and Alabama, as well as a western outpost in Arizona.

Village Tavern founder Scott Richardson said Raleigh was always in the brand’s mind for a location, but it took more than a decade to find a spot.

“We’ve always wanted to go to Raleigh – it’s a natural extension for us,” Richardson said in a statement. “We’ve been patiently waiting for the search for the perfect site in Raleigh for 15 years, and we’re beyond thrilled to be in North Hills, an exceptional gathering place.” The synergy between Kane Realty, North Hills and Village Tavern is perfect.

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Winston Salem’s Village Tavern will open a new location in the North Raleigh Hills. Northern Hills

At 38, the Village Tavern is a Triad institution, serving a menu of Americana, like nachos and burgers and steaks and seafood.

Joining North Hills, Village Tavern continues the trend of restaurant expansion in the wake of the pandemic, with suburban developments grabbing second, fourth or ninth locations for popular brands.

The main North Hills district is currently under construction and is looking to add 100,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The opening of the project is scheduled for next spring.

“We are thrilled to welcome Village Tavern to North Hills,” North Hills developer John Kane said in a statement. “Village Tavern will be an outstanding addition to Raleigh as well as a great amenity for customers, office tenants and residents of the Main District expansion project.”

Look for an open-concept kitchen and large outdoor dining space on the ground floor of the 12-story development.

For more information on Village Tavern, visit villagetavern.com

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Drew Jackson writes about restaurants and dining for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun, covering the Triangle and North Carolina food scene.

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