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Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen’s new restaurant, Death & Taxes, to open next week

Blueberry corn pone at Ashley Christensen’s new restaurant, Death & Taxes, in Raleigh.
Blueberry corn pone at Ashley Christensen’s new restaurant, Death & Taxes, in Raleigh. Kaitlyn Goalen

Last night was a dry run at Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen’s new restaurant, Death & Taxes, which she hopes to open sometime next week.

I thought I’d share a few photos and a link to the menu.

One look at the menu and you can tell it is inspired by the massive wood fired grill that dominates the kitchen. Oysters are roasted. Peppers are charred. Butter is embered. (To read more about the grill, read this Grayson Haver Currin story that ran recently in the Indy.)

I highly recommend the bone marrow with fried capers and pickled shallots, the whole fish with stewed tomatoes and the ambrosia on the dessert menu, a combination of marshmallow, roasted coconut, bing cherries and delicate dill flowers (!).

This restaurant at 105 W. Hargett St. continues the expansion of Christensen’s restaurant empire. The James Beard award-winning chef also owns Poole’s Downtown Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Joule, Chuck’s, and Fox Liquor Bar. Beyond the 60-seat restaurant, the Hargett Street building also holds an event space called The Bridge Club, a basement bar and wine cellar.

Info: http://ac-restaurants.com/

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