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Barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell launches food truck

Renowned eastern North Carolina barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell is launching a food truck, which can be booked for upcoming holiday events, according to a press release sent out Sunday night.
Renowned eastern North Carolina barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell is launching a food truck, which can be booked for upcoming holiday events, according to a press release sent out Sunday night. Courtesy of TSNV Enterprises investor group

Renowned eastern North Carolina barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell is launching a food truck, which can be booked for upcoming holiday events, according to a press release sent out Sunday night.

TSNV Enterprises investor group is breaking ground this month on Mitchell’s latest restaurant, Ed Mitchell’s Q at The Creek, in Brier Creek. The 240-seat restaurant will be the anchor tenant in a retail development that TSNV Enterprises is building at 9650 Brier Creek Parkway. Mitchell plans to serve a classic barbecue restaurant menu as well as some healthier options. It is expected to open this spring.

If you need a fix of Mitchell’s food, the food truck is offering catering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and corporate and social functions. The menu items include whole smoked prime rib, whole and pit-cooked turkeys and hams and various sides (homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, boiled green beans, collard greens, sweet potato soufflé, deviled eggs and salads). To book the truck, call 919-800-1695.

Mitchell is well-known on the national barbecue scene. He got his start in the 1990s by transforming his family’s grocery store in Wilson into a barbecue destination. He lost his restaurant in 2004 in a fight with the bank and was convicted of failing to pay state taxes related to the business.

Mitchell returned to national prominence in 2007 by partnering with Raleigh developer Greg Hatem, who owns The Raleigh Times, Sitti and Gravy. They opened The Pit barbecue restaurant in downtown Raleigh. However, Mitchell and Hatem split ways in 2011. Hatem went on to open a second location of The Pit in Durham, and Mitchell found new business partners and opened Que in Durham in 2014.

Mitchell closed Que in February 2015 saying it did not have space for private dining for corporate events and only had capacity to cook one whole hog at a time, which was not enough to meet the demands of the restaurant and catering operation.

For those who were hoping to see a permanent spot for Mitchell’s barbecue in downtown Raleigh, your only option will be the truck. Mitchell and his latest business partners are no longer considering opening a satellite location inside the Morgan Street Food Hall & Market in downtown Raleigh.

To find the truck, go to Twitter: @EdsQonwheels.

Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl

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