Downtown dining institution The Mecca is planning to open for late-night customers in the new year.
The restaurant, which first opened downtown in 1930, has obtained a liquor license and will be staying open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and "late late" for the downtown crowd on weekend nights, said third-generation proprietor Paul Dombalis. The current closing time is 7 p.m. most nights. There will also be a new menu of appetizers for the late-night crowd.
The Mecca, which has long been a favorite with Raleigh businessmen, politicians and locals, added Saturday breakfasts back to its schedule two years ago, and Dombalis said this newest change will also be a return to the way things used to be. The Mecca used to be open later in the evening for downtown patrons.
"It's kind of like coming full circle," he said.
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Dombalis said he hopes to launch the restaurant's new schedule on New Year's Eve. (Read our story about the Mecca's 80th birthday earlier this year.)