Here’s what to expect at N.C. Red, opening in Plaza Midwood this March

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The future site of N.C. Red

If the name Moffett isn’t enough to wrap the crowds around the building of Plaza Midwood’s newest restaurant, the legacy of the Penguin Drive-In (and for a brief moment, Comida) surely will be.

Chef Bruce Moffett has released details about N.C. Red, Moffett Restaurant Group‘s fourth restaurant, opening in the Penguin’s former location. With an opening date set for March, diners can expect a New England shore-style throwback to Moffett’s roots.

“Growing up on the shores of Rhode Island shaped the way I view food,” Moffett said in a statement. “Now, living in the South, I have a unique perspective of how those two different food types blend together to create delicious entrees.”

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Bruce Moffett

Even the name itself lends to this: the word Red is named after the Rhode Island state bird, the Red Rooster, and, well — you can guess what N.C. means.

The food itself will blend these two loves, with a Southern-cuisine-meets-Northeastern-seafood menu. Come hungry for fried chicken, lobster rolls and clams.

Courtesy of The Moffett Group

N.C. Red should fit right in with Moffett Restaurant Group’s other distinctly styled restaurants – Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni.

Andrew Dodd, the executive chef of Stagioni, will move into the role of executive chef of N.C. Red. Dodd is a Nashville native and 2007 graduate of Johnson & Wales University.

Next up for Moffett after N.C. Red will be Bao + Broth, opening later in the spring at Optimist Hall under executive chef Larry Schreiber.

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  1. A one (or twice) before joint that welcomed and can be afforded by anyone and everyone makes way for another exclusive hip and trendy joint aimed and catered to the foodies, trustafarians, and well-to-do alike, and another place to have a yet another instagrammable moment. Charlotte will eat itself up.


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