It has been almost four years since Nana's Chophouse switched over to The Pit in the Warehouse District and now, the man behind the grill has said he's moving on.
Ed Mitchell, coming way of Wilson, NC, teamed up with Greg Hatem (Empire Eats) in November of 2007 to create one of the most popular restaurants in downtown and help anchor the Warehouse District's development over the past few years. The Pit has a huge following and probably the best publicity team of any restaurant in the area. The restaurant has been featured in multiple magazines over the years and listed as one of the top restaurants in the country by a few folks. It is also packed almost every single meal that it has its doors open and serving food.
According to the News and Observer, the split is amicable and both parties will move forward with new ventures. Ed Mitchell plans to open another restaurant in the Triangle (and also a collaboration with Butterball to make turkey bbq) and Hatem and company will continue business as usual and even plan on opening a second location of The Pit in Durham.
The N&O states that everything at The Pit will stay the same once Mitchell leaves. We don't see the place slowing down anytime soon, especially since the warehouse district is booming. But, having Mitchell's name no longer associated with the restaurant and his BBQ reputation to parade around on daytime television and food magazines is sure to hurt a little.