J. Betski’s 2.0

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Raleigh’s only German/Polish restaurant is back—and better than ever.

Missed J. Betski’s famed pierogies? Well, you can finally get your fix again, as the treasured Raleigh restaurant has officially reopened at its new home in Highpark Village after shuttering its Seaboard Station location over the summer.

Still at the helm, and in his element in the kitchen, is owner and executive chef John Korzekwinski, who, along with those mouthwatering potato and cheese pierogies, is also dishing out popular Eastern and Central European-inspired dishes from the OG concept like panko-crusted schnitzel and buttery spaetzle. You’ll also find modern takes on his German and Polish family recipes like cabbage and cauliflower, braised sauerkraut, fresh kielbasa and bratwurst, and more.

Round out dinner with J. Betski’s elevated craft cocktails. Be sure to try the Beet Jammer, a beet-infused vodka, ginger beer and lemon combo that packs a spicy punch. And don’t sleep on that smooth and rich buttered bourbon Old-Fashioned. Then satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of your meal (or at the beginning—no judgment!) with a decadent sweet and savory chocolate torte cake drizzled with caramel and topped with bacon bits—or slurp a signature soda float made with scoops of housemade ice cream. 

Despite its new digs, J. Betski’s 2.0 elicits the same friendly and welcoming vibe that makes you feel like family as soon as you step inside—complete with rollup garage doors and a covered patio. The alfresco-esque indoor/outdoor space promotes a casual yet classy dining experience fit for a date night, fam dinner or a drink at the bar.

“We’re just excited to be back,” says Korzekwinski. “When you’re gone, you realize how much you miss it.” … Clearly Raleigh feels the same—as indicated by a full restaurant from day one with folks eager to nosh on the authentic German/Polish fare they’d missed. “This is a great place to be,” adds the chef/owner. “We have good people here and great things in the works.” Prost to that! jbetskis.com

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