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Reopening Update!

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We are excited to announce that we are gearing up to reopen the dining rooms of Poole’s Diner, Poole’side Pies, Beasley’s, and Death & Taxes in mid April! Exact reopening dates for each restaurant to come soon! 

We will be reopening gradually, with limited services to start, and will build back to a full schedule for dine-in service in stages.

We have been operating in a take-out only model since March 2020, to try to mitigate the risk of infection for staff and guests during the pandemic. We have made the decision to reopen based on the reduction in community spread; and access to vaccinations for our staff, and an increasing percentage of the public. 

We are SO excited to reopen! We truly have missed you. That said, we ask for your understanding in that we will continue to enforce limited capacity restrictions and follow CDC guidelines surrounding mask-wearing, and will be requiring you to do the same while in our spaces. We will be building back gradually to ensure an incredible experience for everyone. We appreciate your patience and understanding—we’re almost there! 

Valentine’s Day at Poole’s

Spend your romantic evening in the soft candlelight and moody ambiance of Poole's. In lieu of our regular menu, we're offering a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $75 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. See Ashley's menu for this year's special celebration below, and make your reservation here.

First Course (choose one)

Lump crab rutabaga bisque with PX sherry and benne

Roasted beets with whipped Gorgonzola, avocado, citrus, sunflower shoots, and smoked pecan vinaigrette

Charcuterie plate with rabbit rillette, Lady Edison country ham, and chicken liver mousse with our pickles and two mustards

Fritto Misto of squid, shrimp, oysters, and artichoke with champagne-Dijon aioli, Castelvetrano olive, and espelette

Second Course (choose one)

Chateaubriand with twice-cooked cauliflower, Béarnaise butter, and crispy alliums

Seared tuna with butter poached shrimp, fennel-pepper stew, and saffron caper crème fraîche

Winter vegetable gratin with celery root fonduta, melted kale, and preserved truffle

Braised pork shank with smoked Comté grits, creamed turnip greens, and roasted tomato jus

Dessert (choose one)
Angel Food Short Cake, Strawberry Compote, Whipped Coconut

Videri Chocolate Pot De Creme, Peanut Butter Sauce, Peanut Brittle, Soft Cream

Lemon Chess Tart, Toasted Meringue, Graham Crumble

A Low-Stress Christmas Meal

If you're blinking at the calendar and wondering where the time went, you're not alone.  Christmas is only two weeks away, and we're here to help take the stress out of your meal-planning. 

Check out our options of Christmas breakfast, sides, and desserts, available for pick up on the 23rd or the 24th. We’ll start with  breakfast: homemade cinnamon rolls, quiche lorraine, or Beasley’s biscuits. And then you can round out your dinner plans with our sides, including mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese custard, and braised collards. And for dessert? Pies, cookies, and the most luxurious Videri chocolate ganache tart we could come up with. See the full menu here. 

Our pickup windows will be Monday, December 23rd and Tuesday, December 24th from 10am to 4pm--you can come anytime during that window to pick up your order. 

Place your order here before Wednesday, 12/18. Questions? Email holidays@ac-restaurants.com.

New Year’s Eve reservations for the planner in your life

We know that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but if you’re looking to get a jump on the rest of your holiday planning, you’re in luck! Reservations are now available for our special New Year’s Eve dinner menus at Poole’s Diner at Death & Taxes. 


At Poole’s, tuck in for a 3-course prix fixe ($75++ per guest) with offerings like Parmesan veloute with a poached egg and preserved truffles; coffee-cured short ribs with Brabant potatoes; and roasted banana creme caramel. Make your reservation here.


Or go big at Death & Taxes with our 4-course prix fixe ($95 ++ per guest). Options like grilled pork belly with pommes anna, tuna carpaccio with grilled avocado, and grilled snapper with crab and lobster ravioli promise a tough decision, but whatever direction you go, you won’t be disappointed. Make your reservation here


If you’re looking for less of a commitment, join us after 10pm at the kitchen counter at Death & Taxes for our “Champagne Snacks” menu—for just $18, enjoy four small bites to pair with a glass of bubbles as the clock winds down until midnight. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot for this special menu. 


Here’s to a delicious end to 2020! 

Holiday Hours at AC Restaurants

We're excited to celebrate the season with you! Please see below for special holiday hours at our restaurants:

 Thanksgiving Eve: Wednesday, November 27

  • All restaurants open with regular hours

 Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28

  • All restaurants closed

Black Friday: Friday, November 29

  • Beasley’s:  opening early at 11am, brunch menu available 11am-4pm
  • Chuck's, Fox, Poole's, Death & Taxes, Poole’side open regular hours

 Christmas Eve: Tuesday, December 24

  • Beasley's: open until 9pm
  • Chuck's: open until 9pm
  • Fox: open until 9pm
  • Poole's: open until 9pm
  • Death & Taxes: open until 9pm (make a reservation here)
  • Poole’side Pies: open until 9pm

 Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25

  • All restaurants closed

New Year’s Eve: Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1

  • Beasley’s: open regular hours
  • Chuck’s: open regular hours
  • Fox: open regular hours
  • Death & Taxes: closed
  • Poole’s: closed
  • Poole’side: open regular hours
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428 S. McDowell St, Raleigh NC, 27601

[919] 803-8660