North Hills will lose its only barbecue restaurant next year

The North Hills location of barbecue restaurant Q Shack will close early next year. As a farewell tour, the restaurant is reverting to 2005 prices in JanuaryFile

One of the oldest restaurants in North Hills is closing early next year.

Q Shack will move out of North Hills at the end of January 2019, as the owners of the barbecue restaurant transition into catering.

Tom Meyer owns the North Hills Q Shack and said in an interview he will close the restaurant and move his catering company, Southern Harvest Hospitality, to a new larger kitchen somewhere else in the Triangle.

“We’re not going out of business, we’re growing into primarily a catering operation and can’t do it out of that kitchen,” Meyer said. “It’s just the wrong location for a catering business.”

Q Shack opened in 2005 as one of North Hills’ first restaurants. It was the second location of the original Q Shack, which started in Durham (and is still operating), but was owned and operated independently by Meyer. The move to catering has been in the works for about a year and a half, Meyer said, having notified North Hills developer Kane Realty in the summer of 2017 that Q Shack would likely not renew its lease, which expires at the end of January.

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