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Raleigh’s Standard Foods to reopen in mid-September

Fred Dexheimer, a master sommelier, is taking over Standard Foods restaurant space in Raleigh.
Fred Dexheimer, a master sommelier, is taking over Standard Foods restaurant space in Raleigh. Juli Leonard

Raleigh’s Standard Foods restaurant will reopen in mid-September with a new management team: master sommelier Fred Dexheimer and chef Eric Montagne.

The well-regarded restaurant has been closed since June after chef Scott Crawford announced he was leaving to open another restaurant down the street.

Standard Foods butcher shop and grocery store are open for customers but diners have to wait a while longer for the restaurant to reopen. Triangle diners may be familiar with Dexheimer, one of only about 140 master wine sommeliers in the country who bills himself as the only one in the Carolinas. He most recently worked at The Black House at Straw Valley in Durham, which closed in March 2015.

Dexheimer had plans to open a wine-focused restaurant on Glenwood South with Montagne, the former chef of the Boiler Room Oyster Bar in Kinston. (The Boiler Room is the second restaurant from chef Vivian Howard, owner of Chef & The Farmer and star of the award-winning PBS show “A Chef’s Life.”)

Dexheimer and Montagne’s landlord on Glenwood South was developer John Holmes, who also owns Standard Foods. Dexheimer had helped develop the wine list at Standard Foods before it opened.

“We were talking and realized it might be worthwhile to explore rebuilding Standard Foods together,” Holmes said Tuesday.

Dexheimer said he will run the front the house and Montagne will run the kitchen; both are bringing employees who have worked with them for several years. Standard Foods’ new butcher will be Jeremy Hardcastle, who most recently worked at Left Bank Butchery in Saxapahaw.

Dexheimer said the mission of Standard Foods within the Person Street Plaza that Holmes developed will continue: to work closely with North Carolina farmers and purveyors to provide meat, vegetables, produce, dried goods and prepared foods. The idea, Dexheimer said, was to create a retail block in downtown Raleigh where shoppers can grab all the ingredients for dinner at Standard Foods’ butcher shop and grocery store, plus wine or beer at Wine Authorities and bread at Yellow Dog Bread Co.

“The whole thing stays the same — except for our team,” Dexheimer said Tuesday during a phone interview.

The combined restaurant and grocery store was Raleigh’s most highly-anticipated restaurant opening last year. It was a project between Holmes and Crawford, the former executive chef at the upscale Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. In February, Cox gave a four-star review to Standard Foods.

Crawford announced in March that he was leaving Standard Foods and later announced that he would open Crawford & Son in the former Piebird space, about a block away from Standard Foods. Crawford’s new restaurant is expected to open later this fall.

Standard Foods is at 209 E. Franklin St., Raleigh. Info: 919-307-4652;

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