Cooper’s Barbecue moving after 75 years – but just around the corner

outside-building-and-van-1024x641A downtown Raleigh institution is moving, but not very far.  We’ve known about the move for some time, but the location has been kept secret . . until now!

The new location identified in yesterday’s TBJ article is 313 S. Wilmington Street, which means that Clyde Cooper’s BBQ will be moving into the unfinished and never been used retail spaces that face Wilmington Street, located below the Blount Street Parking Deck.

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The owners of Cooper’s didn’t want to leave their nearly 130 year old building, that has served as the original location of Clyde Cooper’s barbecue restaurant for the past 75 years.  The owners were forced to move to make way for the development of the new Edison Apartments.

The Edison Apartments is a planned 6-story 239 unit apartment project to be located on the southern side of the block bounded by Blount, Davie and Wilmington Streets.  The Edison Apartments should not be confused with the Skyhouse Apartments, a 23 story tower of 320 apartments from the same developer, but located on the opposite side of the block along the northeast corner of Blount and Martin Street.

The owners of Cooper’s plan to create an exact replica of the restaurant, at least inside.    And it’s great to hear they’ll be staying in the same neighborhood, in fact just a short 2 minute 500 foot walk around the corner.

The move isn’t planned until November or December this year, so there’s still time to reminisce and enjoy some of Cooper’s famous barbecue in their historic location.



  1. Tina Govan

    Just imagine how much cooler the Edison would have been had they built their new building around the 130 year old Cooper’s, to have kept it in tact, and incorporated this Raleigh institution, this piece of history, into their building! Layering history like that makes a place unique and more appealing to everyone. It’s instant and authentic character. Let’s be more gentle with our old buildings. Let’s honor them and give them strength with our new building interventions.

    • Steve

      While I couldn’t agree more, I will say that the Edison development originally proposed what you wanted but it would have required that Cooper’s close for around a year (the original building was around 600 feet) and the owners simply couldn’t afford that.

      • Jim Belt

        Steve, I apologize for not approving this comment earlier as I was on vacation. Jim