New restaurant opens at North Carolina Museum of History


The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh announced the opening of its new restaurant. Aptly named Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery, the new eatery serves up Southern staples and daily specials.

At the helm of Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery is Tonya Council, granddaughter of late Southern culinary icon Mildred Council, aka Mama Dip. Tonya Council began waitressing at her grandmother’s original restaurant, Dip’s Country Kitchen, when she was 15 or 16, and has continued her passion for the restaurant industry ever since.

Council stays true to her grandmother’s style of cuisine, with traditional Southern comfort food like barbecue, chicken salad, fried green tomatoes, and (of course) sweet tea and cornbread. She also offers lighter fare like salads and grilled chicken, and family-friendly favorites like hamburgers, French fries and chicken tenders.

The Sweet Tea & Cornbread Grill and Eatery located on the R Level.

For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, call 919-814-7000 or access


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