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Raleigh’s Mecca restaurant to celebrate 85 years

Paul Dombalis, co-owner of the Mecca Restaurant in Raleigh, holds the country ham that his father received from a farmer in 1937. The ham comes out of the deep freeze for the restaurant’s anniversary celebrations.
Paul Dombalis, co-owner of the Mecca Restaurant in Raleigh, holds the country ham that his father received from a farmer in 1937. The ham comes out of the deep freeze for the restaurant’s anniversary celebrations. Corey Lowenstein

Raleigh’s Mecca restaurant will be celebrating 85 years in business on Friday, May 1.

The festivities start at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and multiple generations of the Dombalis family, which has owned the restaurant since it opened in 1930. The festivities will continue all day with Coca-Cola being sold for only five cents, and live music. To see the event and band schedule, go HERE.

Of course, part of the Mecca’s anniversary celebrations is the displaying of the country ham. The restaurant’s founder, the late Nick Dombalis, received the country ham from a farmer in 1937 and for decades it hung in the restaurant’s front window. Now the Dombalis family only brings out the now black ham from the deep freeze on anniversaries. So this is your chance.

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