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Page Road Grill Brings Casual Fine Dining to the Research Triangle Park Area

By Pamela Sosnowski

The newest addition to the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Page Road Grill, offers finer casual dining, Southern cuisine, and fair prices in a community poised for growth.

With five successful Durham-area restaurants in its roster, the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group knows how to launch and manage dining establishments. Its newest addition, Page Road Grill (PRG), aims to put a finer dining experience within the reach of all and in a welcoming atmosphere. Although PRG has a Durham address, it's found in the Research Triangle Park area of North Carolina, a recent development of hotels and businesses.

Shrimp and corn hushpuppies with pimento cheese dipping sauce

Says Greg Overbeck, Marketing Director, "We classify our restaurants as casual fine dining. We provide a lot of the amenities of upscale restaurants, but in a more casual setting. Our dishes compare favorably to fine dining restaurants, especially when you consider the price. The biggest emphasis in the kitchen is obtaining the best locally sourced ingredients and creating dishes that highlight them. Produce and meats from local farms (and) seafood from the North Carolina coast (are) all prepared with the utmost respect and appreciation."

Diners will find traditional American food on PRG's menu such as sandwiches, salads, burgers, and ribs, but many items also offer a modern twist. The loaded tater tots, for example, are topped with St. Louis rib chili, Gouda cheese, and citrus infused sour cream. A roasted cauliflower appetizer arrives with toasted almonds, feta cheese, and caper gremolata.

Being part of the Durham area restaurant scene, PRG's menu hasn't forgotten its Southern roots. Some of the traditional area dishes include smoked brisket, shrimp and grits, and shrimp and corn hushpuppies. A daily lunch burger special features a ground pork patty topped with mustard greens and pickled okra for a Southern touch.

Grilled romaine salad and carpaccio salad.

Over 35 varieties of beer are also served at PRG, including local brews and rotating seasonal drafts. Later this month, the restaurant will host its first beer dinner fearing selections from the local Lonerider Brewery paired with dishes. It's a special dining event the restaurant hopes will recur in the future.

Even though the restaurant's building is new, its design was given a vintage treatment on purpose: exposed brick, wooden beams, and stained concrete floors give patrons the feeling of dining in a renovated warehouse or factory. "I love the look and feel of the restaurant," says Overbeck. "The warehouse feeling it evokes provides a perfect canvas for the beautiful light fixtures and gorgeous fabrics on the booths and banquettes."

PRG can also host in-house private parties, with three spaces available to accommodate all group sizes. Take-out is available, as well as catering.

"In the coming years, I think the Research Triangle Park (area) will continue to evolve into a distinct community, with more of its own residential areas and business centers," says Overbeck. "I don't think we compete with the restaurants in Durham that much, but we're proud to be considered part of their nationally recognized dining scene."

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