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Rocky Top Hospitality to Oversee Acro Café, Plans New Eatery at Nature Research Center

Local Restaurateur Assumes Café Operations at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Opens The Daily Planet Café in Research Branch.

Raleigh, NC, April 22, 2012 --( Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality (, has announced that the restaurant group has assumed operations of Acro Café at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at 11 W. Jones St. and opens a new restaurant called The Daily Planet Café at the adjacent Nature Research Center, scheduled to open on Friday, April 20. Open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., The Daily Planet Café offers breakfast items until 11 a.m. and brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch on Sundays will feature live jazz. Additionally, The Daily Planet Café will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights featuring a variety of live music both inside and outside on the patio, and will open Monday through Thursday nights for events and special promotions, such as science café’s, trivia and private parties. Rocky Top Hospitality is the exclusive caterer throughout the museum, including meeting spaces and social functions such as weddings and other celebrations.

Diners at The Daily Planet Café will select from a breakfast menu featuring fresh baked pastries, muffins, fruit, yogurt and a few hot breakfast items. Lunch will focus on sandwiches and burgers, but will also feature several small plate entrees and a seasonal salad bar. The menu will change frequently in order to use seasonal ingredients, and will be almost exclusively built on products sourced in North Carolina. The full-service coffee bar will serve Larry’s Beans, which is a local, organic coffee company, and will offer a large variety of coffees and cappuccinos, espressos and teas. The bar will also offer local and green initiatives, with 12 North Carolina breweries featured on 12 taps, Childress North Carolina wines on draft (a first for the area), and limited bottled wine and alcohol offerings. Service will be fast-casual, where food and beverages will be ordered at the kitchen counter and then brought to the guest when ready.

“We are honored to provide great eating options at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center,” said Ogan. “The opening of The Daily Planet Café is a testament to Rocky Top Hospitality’s continued emphasis on providing the best all-natural, freshest entrees found locally in North Carolina in a friendly, group-dining setting. With the ability to cater special events at both eateries, we encourage everyone who wants a pleasurable meal while exploring all the great attractions that these museums have to offer to visit these restaurants.”

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- For more information or to make arrangements for catering from Acro Café, contact Seth Howe at or call (919) 733-7450 x 306.

About Rocky Top Hospitality:
Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants have consistently rated among the Triangle’s most popular local dining choices since its first restaurant opened in 1998. Six different restaurant concepts operate under the Rocky Top Hospitality name: The Twisted Fork Grill, Market & Bar, Draft Carolina Burgers & Beers, The Mash House Brewery & Chophouse, Tribeca Tavern with two locations in Cary and Raleigh, Rockwell’s American Grill & Bar, and Rocky Top Catering & Events, a thriving events facility and catering business. All Rocky Top restaurant menus provide items not found anywhere else, and focus on using local North Carolina beef, seafood, poultry, pork, dairy and organic produce. Pastas and desserts are made daily, in house by the chefs and never come out of a box. Rocky Top beef and pork have had no growth hormones, additives, antibiotics or chemical feed. Owner Dean Ogan is known for actively giving back to the community and was named the 2011 Restaurateur of the Year by the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA). For more information, visit

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