Appetite for Art

In Eat, July 2016 / August 2016 by Mandy HowardLeave a Comment

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For restaurants in Raleigh, art is more than something to fill blank space. It’s a way to spotlight local artists, create a warm atmosphere and give back to the community that supports them. Check out these local eateries that make art a part of their mission.


At this authentic Mexican cantina in downtown Raleigh, you’ll find the word “Comunidad,” or community. According to Manager Chris Arcara, connecting with the local community is central to why the restaurant features new artists each month as part of the First Friday series downtown. “Food is just another art form,” he adds.


Winston’s Grille

For co-owners, Charles Winston, Jr. and Wil O’Neill, the artwork inside Winston’s Grille is as much about taking pride in North Carolina’s artistic talent as it is about providing a warm atmosphere. One spotlight piece is a portrait of the two owners as early 20th century barkeep and patron by Southern Pines artist Joan Mulligan.


Lilly’s Pizza

Ask anyone from old Raleigh where you’d go to find local artwork showcased, and Lilly’s Pizza in Five Points would be one of their first answers. Large canvases for sale, currently from St. George, complement the eclectic and bright atmosphere at the pizzeria known for their own creative pies.


Relish Café and Bar

A local artist’s market is the centerpiece of this “new Southern” style cafe and bar off Creedmoor Road. Paintings from Greenway series artist, Autumn Cobeland (featured in our May issue) are displayed alongside T-Shirts, home decor and locally-made gifts for every true southerner on your list.

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