Dear OPG Friends and Family,
Over three and a half years ago, we opened Oval Park Grille with a hope and goal of contributing something positive to the community we care so much about. Since that time, it has been the community that has given as much and more to us, and we are forever grateful for the love and support shown to us during this time. We have learned and gained so much from this experience, and have been so honored that you have let us play even a small part of your lives.
Since we embarked on this adventure, our family has grown, and the time has come for us to turn our full attention to our children.
And so, we have decided to sell the restaurant. We will let the new owner introduce themselves and their new concept in their own time. We know you will be as excited about this forthcoming asset to the community as we are.
For now, though, we want to say THANK YOU. Thank you to all of our regulars and guests who have supported us from the beginning – becoming part of our extended family in the process. Thank you to the Durham food scene and fellow restaurateurs, who have provided us with valuable guidance, mentorship, and friendship throughout. Thank you to EK Powe, for being innovators and leaders in the effort to bring composting to Durham public schools and for allowing us to partner in and contribute to this worthwhile initiative. Thank you to the incredible Darius Quarles, for letting us share your amazing art in our space. And, a special thanks to Dani Black, of Bigger Tables Consulting, for her incredible advice, guidance, mentorship, and friendship.
Finally - a heartfelt thank you to all of those in the front and back of the house who have worked so hard to create the OPG experience. Your efforts inspired us.
While we have not yet identified the specific date of our final shift, we will be winding down OPG over the next couple of weeks. We want to use this time to celebrate the OPG community so many of you have helped create. Please come in and join us as we toast all of you – local as heck.
All the best,
Joe and Emily
OPG in the Press
- News and Observer, An Umami Tsunami at Durham's Oval Park Grille
- Durham Magazine, Drink Aplenty
- Carpe Durham Review
- Indy Week, A Warm, Tasty Evening at Durham's Oval Park Grille
- Durham Magazine September 2014, Featured as one of the incredible new restaurants on the scene in Durham Magazine's Foodie Issue
- WRAL, OPG helps sponsor Durham school's compost project
- 2015 and 2014 OpenTable Diner's Choice
Oval Park Grille is a warm neighborhood restaurant that local area residents can call their own. We provide a casual, inviting setting to enjoy Executive Chef Josh Coburn's American Southern Cuisine. From classics such as a wedge salad and crispy chicken wings, to NC shrimp and trout. OPG is a culmination of Chef Josh's years of working in a variety of restaurants. Staying as seasonal as possible in the produce used and sourcing from the farmers market the menu is #LOCALASHECK
OPG is located in the diverse community of Durham where it has something to offer all of its residents. Our interests lie in bringing all kinds together, both on our menus and in our customers. OPG is where you can meet new people, enjoy a neighbor's company, talk, engage, debate, and relate. It is where you will find families sharing quality time together, partners on dinner dates, and those who just don't wanna cook or need a friendly face to share a drink with. After a few visits you will feel the warmth and fun centered around delicious food and beverages feeling like OPG is just an extension of your own home.
We strive to create the experience that every customer is looking for when they visit OPG. Where this can be a difficult task, our wonderful staff will make you feel right at home. As they expertly guide you through our diverse menus, finding the perfect pairing for your tastes, you will yourself in a world of delicious cuisine with the warm causal atmosphere of you favorite local bar.
We are big supporters local charities and businesses. Durham Distillery, PORCH-Durham, Latta's Egg Ranch, Schoolhouse of Wonder, LernerSchool, FourLeafFarm, Don'tWasteDurham, the ASPCA, and the E.K. Powe Elementary School composting program.
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