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.
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Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.