The folks behind the popular Tyler’s Restaurants and Taprooms are opening Maybelle, a biscuit and barbecue restaurant, in Durham’s American Tobacco complex.
Owner Tyler Huntington hopes to open Maybelle (a name inspired by a nickname he uses for his oldest daughter May) by Dec. 1 in the former L’Uva wine bar and restaurant. Huntington’s Durham location of Tyler’s Taproom is also located in American Tobacco and across from this new eatery.
The 2,000-square-foot counter-service restaurant with 100 seats between inside and outside seating will serve breakfast to dinner. The menu will offer homemade biscuits, chopped pork shoulder with eastern North Carolina vinegar sauce, ribs, brisket, adult and alcohol-free milkshakes and Southern cakes and pies. They will be using local, pasture-raised meat.
In a press release, Huntington said, “Maybelle’s is the culmination of all of the comfort foods I loved as a kid growing up in the South like country ham biscuits, barbecue, buttermilk biscuits, chocolate chess and lemon chess pies. I decided to stick them all under one roof.”
In a phone interview Thursday, Huntington, who also owns Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom in Apex and Carrboro, explained that American Tobacco’s owners have been wanting a breakfast restaurant. Huntington said he has been asking to do a barbecue restaurant for years. After pitmaster Ed Mitchell’s restaurant at American Tobacco closed, Huntington suggested he combined the concepts.
And so yes, you will be able to order your pulled pork or brisket served on a biscuit. Huntington said they also will offer to-go meal plans for office workers who want to take home dinner.
Also mentioned in Thursday’s press release was another restaurant opening at American Tobacco: Wedgie’s Sandwiches, a pizza crust-focused sandwich shop with a location in Southern Pines, will open on the ground floor of Diamond View III. It is also expected to open Dec. 1.