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The Dillon continues to add restaurants. Look for a steakhouse to open downtown.

Oak Steakhouse, a modern take on a classic American steakhouse, is expected to open at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh in early 2019. Raleigh is the fifth Oak Steakhouse location and the second in North Carolina.
Oak Steakhouse, a modern take on a classic American steakhouse, is expected to open at The Dillon in downtown Raleigh in early 2019. Raleigh is the fifth Oak Steakhouse location and the second in North Carolina.

A steakhouse will anchor the restaurant side of things in the 18-story Dillon project in downtown Raleigh, Kane Realty announced Thursday.

Charleston-based Oak Steakhouse, with locations in Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville, will open its fifth Southern steakhouse in Raleigh with an expected opening of early 2019.

Oak Steakhouse aims to be a classic steakhouse with large steaks, shrimp cocktail and beef tartare, the dining rooms of wood and leather.

The four locations share similar menus and steakhouse staples, but some have some dishes seeming to suit more modern tastes: an octopus dish in Nashville, braised short ribs, foraged mushrooms and smoked carrots as sides, as well as hand cut truffle fries.

Oak Steakhouse is part of the Indigo Road Food Group, which opened the original steakhouse in Charleston in 2005, with other locations to follow.

Indigo Road also owns O-Ku Sushi, another restaurant planned for the Dillon.

Other food establishments scheduled to open at The Dillon are: Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, Weaver Street Market and Heirloom Brew Shop.

For a political town, downtown Raleigh is curiously short on steakhouses, the venues of the old school power dinners, the wedge salads, the shrimp cocktail, the plate-sized portions of beef. Sullivan’s opened on Glenwood nearly two decades ago, and Death & Taxes will forever serve dry-aged beef lovingly charred by a wood-fire grill.

But the venerable Angus Barn, Raleigh’s most famous steakhouse, is 20 miles from the city’s center.

For more, go to oaksteakhouserestaurant.com.

Drew Jackson; 919-829-4707; @jdrewjackson

Dining at The Dillon

Here is what has been announced for the Warehouse District building:

O-Ku Sushi: Esquire magazine named this sushi house a top 20 new restaurant in 2010 with Travel + Leisure adding to the accolades in 2013 by calling it one of the best sushi restaurants in America. Like Oak Steakhouse, it got its start in Charleston, S.C. It has traditional and creative rolls along with other Asian dishes with some of the fish locally sourced. o-kusushi.com

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar: A Spanish-inspired wine and tapas bar with locations in six states and Washington specializes in small plates and the wines of Spain and South America. Tapas, drawn from Spain and the Mediterranean for its influences, includes Spanish ham, bacon-wrapped dates, blistered peppers and octopus. This will be its first North Carolina location. barcelonawinebar.com

Heirloom Brew Shop: A specialty coffee and tea house and sake bar owned by local couple Chuan Tsay and Anna Phommavong. They also will serve Asian-inspired food. facebook.com/heirloombrewshop

Weaver Street Market: The co-op with locations in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough is expanding to Wake County, bringing a grocery store to downtown Raleigh. It will occupy a street-level space but also will have a mezzanine with a balcony. weaverstreetmarket.coop

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