BBQ in Durham: Pitmaster Ed Mitchell, a native of the eastern North Carolina city of Wilson who specializes in pit-cooked, whole-hog barbecue, wants to launch a restaurant in Durham.
Mitchell was a former partner in The Pit, a barbecue restaurant in Raleigh that is part of the Empire Eats restaurants, although he parted ways with the company to pursue his own ventures the spring of 2011.
Now the Raleigh-based developer behind the real estate company Empire Properties and the Empire Eats restaurant group is planning to open a second location of The Pit in Durham, but Mitchell is not part of those plans.
Instead, Mitchell said he’s planning to open his own venture with his son Ryan.
“I’m glad to be relocating in Durham,” Mitchell said. “This is a foodie town, that’s who I am.”