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The return (sort of) of Michael Dean's

FROM STAFF REPORTSJanuary 30, 2013 

The return (sort of) of Michael Dean’s

Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar has opened in Cary, replacing Rockwell’s American Grill.

The new restaurant is the work of Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, a local restaurant group that got its start with the beloved Michael Dean’s restaurant in North Raleigh. Ogan envisions his new restaurant as similar to Michael Dean’s, which was known for its fresh seafood.

The menu at the new Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar includes a shrimp and scallop risotto, pistachio-encrusted salmon, pink peppercorn and coriander-encrusted tuna and pan-seared crab cakes. A portion of the menu will change each week to reflect the seasonal availability of fish and seafood. To see a menu, go to

The restaurant is located at 1080 Darrington Drive, Cary. It is open 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. Sundays.

Ogan parted ways in December with his business partner, Jeff Schneck. Ogan kept control of The Twisted Fork, Daily Planet Cafe at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the catering company and space called 1705 Prime on Millbrook Road. Schneck kept control of The Mash House in Fayetteville and Tribeca Tavern locations in Raleigh and Cary.

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