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The Root Cellar cafe’s new Pittsboro home is open

Owner Sera Cuni and Susan White opened their second Root Cellar Cafe & Catering location in Pittsboro.
Owner Sera Cuni and Susan White opened their second Root Cellar Cafe & Catering location in Pittsboro.

The Root Cellar’s second location is now serving in Pittsboro – the first retail space to open in the expansive Chatham Park development.

The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering started in Chapel Hill in 2013 as the makeover of Foster’s Market on MLK Jr. Boulevard. Married owners Sera Cuni and Susan White bought the spot and relaunched it as their own. They announced the expansion of the second location last year.

The Pittsboro restaurant is part of the Penguin Place development of Chatham Park and is situated just off U.S. 15-501, by a Bojangle’s franchise. The 3,725-square-foot cafe and market features large garage doors that can open up to an outdoor patio and fire pit.

“This beautiful restaurant has been several years in the making, and we are absolutely thrilled to bring our scratch-made food that so many have grown to know and love to the town that we love,” said Cuni in a news release. “As longtime Chatham County residents, we’re proud to be feeding a community that means so much to us as well as playing a role in helping our local economy grow.

The menu of the Pittsboro Root Cellar mirrors much of the Chapel Hill location, built around hot and cold sandwiches and serving breakfast from 7:30 a.m. into the afternoon. But the new spot won’t make pizzas and instead will offer a burger, shrimp and grits and a grain bowl for dinner, as well as seasonal specials.

While the Root Cellar is open, a grand opening will be held Jan. 31, with free cake, while it lasts, and coffee from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., plus $3 draft beers all day.

Regular hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. It’s at 35 Suttles Road in Pittsboro. Go to or or

Tim Smith, co-founder of Preston Development Company, says after 13 years of planning and purchasing 140 parcels in Chatham County, Cary-based Preston Development Company is ready to give people a place to live on what will one day be the 7,100-ac

Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson

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