The Wine Cellar
“Hospitality fit for a king,” replies Van when you ask her for expressions that recall her late father, Thad, Jr. She remembers her father not only as a man of physical stature but one who dreamed big and entertained with larger than life warmth and graciousness. “Nobody visited his home or his restaurants without feeling like the most welcome guest.”
As you descend the winding staircase leading to the wine cellar dining rooms, glancing
at each of the prestigious 20 Wine Spectator magazine Grand Awards, you begin to
feel Thad’s celebrated hospitality. This is no ordinary hallway and staircase!
Laborers used hand shovels, carefully removing earth for weeks to complete this
magnificent structure. It took an extraordinary visionary to lay the foundation
for such future grandeur, though he would
not live to see the fulfillment of his vision.
Valentine’s Day Dinner; The Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner; the annual Dinner Aboard the Titanic; Chef Walter Royal’s Teaching Kitchen; the annual Seafood Celebration Dinner, celebrating North Carolina’s seafood industry; the annual Dinner with the Presidents, with visits from historic U.S. presidents, played to perfection by actors; the annual Murder Mystery Dinner; Haunted Wine Cellar Dinner; and, of course, the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. With such a full, active calendar, what could surpass one cellar dining room? A second dining room, of course!
After Alice’s death in 1997, Van and her husband, Steve, began plans to expand the cellar and to add a second dining room created from a storage room beside the first. Upon completion of construction, it became necessary to name the dining rooms. What better way to memorialize the beloved couple who made everything possible than to name the first, slightly smaller dining room after the diminutive, graceful Alice
Entering Thad’s Room is both a reverent and thrilling moment. Not only are
you enthralled by the enormous dimension of the table that seats 36, you feel steeped
in Thad’s life as a tireless collector of artifacts and antiquities. The décor
features antique stained glass from Europe once used in one of the Darryl’s
restaurants. The bar originated in an old drug store in Smithfield, North Carolina.
With two stately dining rooms commemorating the late Eures, Van and Steve reasoned that the most resourceful addition to the wine cellar dining rooms would be a kitchen. For such elegant, awe-inspiring dining rooms, not just any kitchen would suffice. Why not a kitchen accessible to wine cellar guests including a Captain’s Table where two to four guests could witness the preparation of food? Why not ask Chef Walter Royal to plan the kitchen with his right-hand team, chefs Jim Long and Jimmy Alfano? Within months, the specially designed kitchen, featuring top-notch South Bend equipment, became reality.
Today, the Wine Cellar Kitchen bustles with reserved dinner parties prepared by Cellar Chef Jimmy Alfano; special events; and Chef Walter Royal’s Teaching Kitchen, a program designed to bring his vast expertise to novice cooks and apprentice chefs. With the completion of the Wine Cellar Kitchen, another chapter in the long, rich history of the Angus Barn began and Thad’s lifelong vision was fulfilled.
Henrietta Mears wrote that hospitality should have no other nature than love. In the loving spirit of Thad and Alice Eure, welcome to their Wine Cellar Dining Rooms!
Making a Reservation
Prices do not reflect the 7.75% Wake Co. sales tax and gratuity. There is traditionally one server per five guests. Guests have the opportunity to select courses from our cellar menu. The dinner is a "fixed menu", meaning all guests have the same item for each course, but hosts may pick their menu with confidence, knowing that we can handle any special dietary needs that will suit their guests. Final menu selections must be called or faxed in at least 10 days prior to your party date. Please be aware that selected accompaniments may change at the chef's discretion, without notice, to ensure freshness and availability.
Wine Cellar Tours
Luncheons & Brunches
Booking Your Event
Please visit our events page to view special event wine cellar dinners. These events are open to the public and feature gourmet themed dinners such as the last dinner served on the Titanic.
The Wild Turkey Lounge is open 3pm - 11pm Mon. - Sat. and 3pm - 10pm on Sun. The Dining Rooms are open from 5:30pm - 10:30pm Mon. - Fri., 5pm - 10:30 pm on Sat. and 5pm - 10pm on Sun.
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