Mouthful

The Oxford closing in downtown Raleigh

Gaurav “G” Patel, president of Eschelon Hospitality, at his Oxford restaurant on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh in Sept. 2011.
Gaurav “G” Patel, president of Eschelon Hospitality, at his Oxford restaurant on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh in Sept. 2011. srocco@newsobserver.com

Eschelon Experiences has announced that The Oxford in downtown Raleigh will close its doors on Jan. 24. The group, whose restaurants cover a variety of concepts from Japanese (Mura, Basan) to contemporary steak and seafood (Faire), wasn’t able to come to terms with the landlord on a new lease.

One of the first restaurants in the area to bill itself as a gastropub, the Oxford opened in 2008. Eight years later, the restaurant continues to stand out from the crowd with a mixed menu of classic English pub fare and contemporary riffs such as chicken fried Scotch quail eggs and N.C. poutine (house-cut sweet potato fries covered in sausage gravy and Ashe County cheese curds).

“As one of my first concepts, The Oxford will always hold a special place in my heart,” says owner Gaurev “G” Patel.

To celebrate the good times, he’s hosting a “last hoorah” on Jan. 24 at the pub (319-105 Fayetteville St.; 919-832-6622; oxfordraleigh.com). Past staff, managers and guests are invited.

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.net.

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