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Restaurateur behind some of the Triangle’s best restaurants is opening in North Hills

Restaurateur Giorgio Bakatsias, pictured here, is opening Rosewater early next year in Raleigh’s North Hills.
Restaurateur Giorgio Bakatsias, pictured here, is opening Rosewater early next year in Raleigh’s North Hills. Raleigh News & Observer

One of the Triangle’s most prolific restaurateurs is opening his first Raleigh restaurant.

Rosewater, a seasonally-focused restaurant influenced by Mediterranean-style eating, will open early next year in North Hills.

Giorgios Bakatsias, whose Giorgios restaurant group includes Vin Rouge and Local 22 in Durham and Kipos and Bin 54 steakhouse in Chapel Hill, is behind the project.

Bakatsias has been in the food industry for more than 30 years and was nominated for a James Beard Award for outstanding restaurateur in 2014.

Rosewater will be his 12th currently open restaurant.

It will open in the former Bruegger’s Bagels spot in the North Hills development, east of Six Forks Road.

Greece-born Bakatsias owns two other Mediterranean restaurants: Parizade in Durham and the Greek tavern Kipos on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Compared to those, the restaurant group said Rosewater will be more global in its menu.

The new restaurant will serve full-service dinner and weekend brunch in addition to grab-and-go breakfast and lunch. In a release, Bakatsias said he sees Rosewater becoming one of North Hills’ community spaces, centered around food and wine.

“A true gathering center that everyone will be drawn to,” said Bakatsias in a release.

Longtime Vin Rouge general manager Michael Maller was recently promoted to beverage director for the group and will be behind Rosewater’s wine list.

John Kane, whose Kane Realty owns North Hills, thinks the new project will be a good fit.

“We are delighted to welcome Rosewater and Giorgios Group to North Hills,” said Kane. “They will do an awesome job of turning the space between Captrust and Bank of America buildings into the gem that belongs there.”

The restaurant will be near Capital Grille, Yard House, World of Beer and King’s Bowling Alley.

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