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AC Restaurants Closed on July 16th

We are closed July 16thfor our annual staff appreciation day. While we’re away you can still enjoy our food, by using recipes from our cookbook, Poole’s Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner. There are so many great recipes to choose from, but this time of year we’re particularly fond of making the watermelon salad. It’s one of our favorite recipes and it’s perfect for a hot summer day.

Enjoy this recipe and we’ll see you on the 17th!

Watermelon Salad with Avocado, Chèvre, Basil, and Sweet Onion Vinaigrette



4 (2-inch-thick) slices of ripe watermelon

Sea salt

Black pepper in a mill

2 ripe avocados

4 ounces chèvre

8 fresh basil leaves

¼ cup Sweet Onion Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Place a watermelon slice on each of four plates and season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cut each avocado in half, remove the pit, and carefully remove the peel. Thinly slice the avocado halves, leaving ½ inch at the top so that they stay together. Gently press at the center to form a fan. Season each half with sea salt and coarsely ground pepper. Place 1 avocado portion on top of each watermelon slice. Crumble 1 ounce of the chèvre over each plate. Tear the basil leaves into pieces and distribute over the four plates. Drizzle the vinaigrette over each plate and serve.

For the sweet onion vinaigrette: In a mixing bowl, cover 3 table­spoons minced sweet onions with 1/3 cup champagne vinegar. Let marinate for 15 minutes. Using a whisk, stir in 2 teaspoons honey and a pinch of salt. Begin whisking the vinegar mixture in a circular motion. Slowly drizzle 1 cup neutral vegetable oil in a thin, steady stream, whisking continuously until all of the oil is added to the bowl and the mixture is emulsified. Season with salt to taste.

Marrow & Magnum Mondays at Death & Taxes

Monday might be the best day of the week to visit Death & Taxes, particularly if you’re a wine lover.

To start every week, we pick a magnum of wine to feature by the glass for the evening. It’s an exciting chance to try something out of magnum without committing to the entire large format bottle.

And even better, Monday is also synonymous with bone marrow. Come in any Monday to enjoy the off menu feature of embered bone marrow, with fried capers, pickled shallots, and toast.

Here are the magnums we’ll be featuring of the course of July. Make your reservation here.

  • July 2:  Julien Sunier, Gamay, Fleurie 2016
  • July 9:  Hofgut, Riesling, Spatlese Feinherb, "Niedermenninger Herrenberg," Mosel, Germany 2015
  • July 16:  Red Car, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California 2017
  • July 23:  Massican, Ribolla Gialla/Tocai Friulano, Napa, California 2017
  • July 30:  Lucien Crochet, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sancerre, France, 2017


July Holiday Hours and Closures at AC Restaurants

As you make your Independence Day plans, please keep in mind some holiday hours at our restaurants.

Beasley’s & Chuck’s will be open for regular business hours on July 4th.

Poole’s Diner will be closed on July 4th

Death & Taxes will be closed on July 4th

Fox Liquor Bar will be closed on July 4th

Please also note that ALL of our restaurants will be closed for business on Monday, July 16th to allow our hardworking staff to participate in our staff party.

You Drink, We Donate

Reminder: Negroni Week is June 4-10!

During this very special week, bars and restaurants all over the world offer a version of the Negroni cocktail—which traditionally features gin, Campari and sweet vermouth--and donate to a portion of the proceeds from the drink to the charity of their choice.

We’re proud to be participating at three different locations and donating to No Kid Hungry, which works to end childhood hunger in America.

Next week, head to Poole’s Diner for the Strawberry Sbagliato, made with strawberry-infused Campari, Dolin Rouge vermouth, and sparkling wine.

Fox Liquor Bar is turning gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth into the boozy slushie of your dreams with the frozen Negroni.

And at Death & Taxes, the  Lautner’s Lilly is a spin on a white Negroni, and features floral-spiced gin, Cardamaro and Dolin Blanc vermouth.

The rest is simple: You drink a Negroni, we donate to No Kid Hungry. See you at the bar!


NYE at Death & Taxes


Ring in 2018 with us! Join us for our four-course prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve. Dinner is $95++ per person, with wine pairings available. Limited reservations can be made here; if you don't see your preferred reservation time, consider joining our waitlist by selecting "Notify"--you'll be notified if a table becomes available. 



~Course 1~

(choice of one)

Embered mushroom veloute, porcini oil, mushroom duxelle

Smoked bay scallops, coconut nage, mint

Pork terrine, black truffle, red eye mustard

~Course 2~

Buttercrunch lettuce, grilled grapefruit, avocado, smoked pistachio

~Course 3~

(choice of one) 

NC snapper, lobster bisque, fines herbes

Grilled duck breast, caramelized sweet potato, charred allium vodka sauce

Twice-cooked chateaubriand, smoked cauliflower, thyme béarnaise

Raviolo, grilled butternut squash, stracciatella

~Sides for the table~

Potatoes robuchon

Ember-creamed spinach

Roasted carrots, benne, burnt honey


(choice of one)

Sweet potato sponge cake, embered banana ice cream, wet walnuts

Dark chocolate pudding, roasted white chocolate, brown butter shortbread

Meyer lemon meringue pie, royal jelly, toasted buckwheat

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Beasley's Chicken + Honey,
Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar

237 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 322-0127, 322-0126, 322-0128 Respectively

Bridge Club

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

Death & Taxes

105 W. Hargett St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[984] 242-0218

Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 832-4477