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.
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.)