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After Nine Years in Downtown Raleigh, Acclaimed Restaurant Garland to Close

The final date for the 14 W. Martin Street location is August 27

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Chef Cheetie Kumar of Garland.
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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

A shocking email hit the inboxes of several food and beverage publications this afternoon titled “BIG Changes at Garland.” The email from Garland co-owners Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler reads, “It is with many emotions that we announce the closing of Garland in its current location.” The last day of regular service will be Saturday, August 27.

“We hope to reincarnate,” Kumar tells Eater.

The South-Asia-meets-Southern restaurant has operated in downtown Raleigh since 2013. Kumar is a six-time James Beard Awards Semifinalist and was a nominated finalist for Best Chef: Southeast in 2020 and 2022 for her work with Garland.

“Our next project will be a partnership with Anisette Sweet Shop on Bickett Blvd.,” the email states, “Once construction is complete, their bakery/coffee shop will be back in operation, and we will be unveiling our collaborative full concept later this winter/ early 2023.”

Stay tuned for any news on Garland’s next chapter.

Below is the full press release.