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iorgios Nikolas Bakatsias has overseen the opening of more than 100 restaurants over three decades, but he says his work is just beginning. “Hospitality and serving is a great honor to me and a love affair for me,” says Bakatsias, the founder and owner of Giorgios Group, which includes in its portfolio nearly a dozen popular and iconic restaurants throughout the Triangle, from Chapel Hill steakhouse Bin 54 to Durham’s French bistro Vin Rouge. “I feel like I’m only in the beginning stages of doing my work of serving the community.”

“A secret garden concept that reflects the meaning of seasonality” Giorgios Group’s newest addition, Rosewater Kitchen & Bar, is set to open in Raleigh’s Park District at North Hills later this summer. The 120-seat restaurant will be reminiscent of a garden party, and will be a place where European romance and highquality North Carolina ingredients meet, Bakatsias says. Rosewater will offer everything from a grab-and-go breakfast paired with a coffee program to a festive Mediterranean dinner environment in the evening. Bakatsias describes the new restaurant as “a secret garden concept that reflects the meaning of seasonality,” where diners can engage in “a shared experience where you can build what you wish.” An exposed kitchen next to the bar will lend to the intimate atmosphere. Although Rosewater will be Giorgios Group’s only restaurant in Raleigh, the City of Oaks is not unfamiliar terrain to Bakatsias. He is always paying attention—noting how the market is changing, listening to what his customers want, and what the wider JULY/AUGUST 2019

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