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Pitmaster Ed Mitchell leaves The Pit – Raleigh, NC

Wow. This comes as a surprise. The NewsObserver is reporting that “Well-known Eastern North Carolina barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell is leaving The Pit, a successful restaurant he helped start in downtown Raleigh, and plans to open a new restaurant in the Triangle. Also Wednesday, Mitchell’s former business partner, Greg Hatem, announced that he will open a second location of The Pit in downtown Durham. “I thought it was time to move on,” Mitchell said in a phone interview Wednesday. “There were some other things I wanted to do to take my vision to the next level. I’m very happy that Greg and I did something great.” Hatem said that The Pit in Raleigh will keep the same recipes and dishes after Mitchell’s departure, and there are plans to expand into catering. Although Hatem wouldn’t disclose the location of the second Pit restaurant in Durham, he expects it will open by early 2012″


So Ed Mitchell is leaving to open up a new BBQ joint and there’s going to be a second Pit in Durham opening up next year. What are your thoughts?

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Posted in BBQ Joints on by kevin - Comments (4)


  1. I don’t know Ed personally but he seems like a pretty cool guy on his appearances on Man Vs Food and Food Network. I like that he uses whole hog. With The Pit expanding and Ed opening his own joint, could this become a Smittys/Kruez situation? Hmmmmm.

    Comment by Chris — May 27, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  2. I’d like to see Ed go to Durham and reopen the old Dillard’s BBQ.

    Comment by Johnny Overby — September 18, 2011 @ 8:35 am

  3. Please keep us posted as to when Ed opens his own place. The recipes may have been left at the Pit, but no two people cook the same, even using the same recipe. Good luck to all!

    Comment by Mary — February 22, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  4. [...] through their "Whole Hog" practices as well as their lovable authentic face of the franchise, Ed Mitchell. This guy looks like a typecast BBQ pit [...]

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