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Southern fixin's restaurant opens inside NC Museum of History

Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery, opened recently inside the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. The new eatery serves up Southern staples and daily specials.

At the helm of Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery is Tonya Council, granddaughter of late Southern culinary icon Mildred Council, a.k.a. "Mama Dip".

As a teenager, Council worked as a waitress at her grandmother’s original restaurant, Dip’s Country Kitchen in Chapel Hill, and has continued her passion for the restaurant industry ever since.

“I’m thrilled to open the Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery at the N.C. Museum of History,” said Council. “I grew up surrounded by classic Southern food, so the museum is the perfect venue to both continue that legacy while exploring more modern iterations of my family’s signature dishes.”

With traditional Southern comfort food like barbecue, chicken salad, fried green tomatoes, and sweet tea and cornbread, Council stays true to her grandmother’s style of cuisine. She also offers lighter fare like salads and grilled chicken, and family-friendly favorites like hamburgers, French fries and chicken tenders.

The Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery is located in the space formerly filled by Pharaoh's restaurant, and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Council also runs a retail store inside Crabtree Valley Mall featuring local goods from vendors throughout the Southeast.