Tonight at 6pm the long awaited Beasley's Chicken and Honey will open its doors for its first patrons. This is chef Ashley Christensen's first of three restaurants set on the corner of Martin and Wilmington streets. Beasley's offers a unique experience we haven't had in Raleigh before. The whole thing is southern but blended with urbanity, Christensen's unique sense for design and a love letter to her childhood. Surrounding Beasley's Chicken and Honey are two other concepts- Chuck's - a burger restaurant, and Fox Liquor Bar, a downstairs bar designed around comfort and community.
Today though, is Beasley's day.
Beasley is the chef's childhood nickname, chicken and honey were two things that always went together in her household. Of course that's only the beginning of the concept. The chicken is the product of a high-tech process developed by Christensen in the beautiful skyy-lit tiled kitchen backing the restaurant. There are a whole batch of southern side dishes - heirloom tomatoes, potato salad and many more. The bar is ecclectic and brings six beers on draft, a selection of wines, the recommended chicken accompaniment of champagne and some special new southern concept cocktails crafted Christensen in collaboration with an expert mixologist.
The frenetic anticipation we have witnessed seems to be proof of the chef's hard earned fan club from years of high quality food and service at Poole's.
Look for more on Beasley's from New Raleigh this week.