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Rockingham announces new downtown restaurant

ROCKINGHAM — The question of what will replace Pattan’s Downtown Grille has now been answered.

City officials announced Friday morning that the downtown restaurant space will be filled in early 2024 by Hitchcock Pub and Grill.

The new restaurant will be managed by Lewis Eakes, who has worked the past several years at both Hudson Brothers Deli and Henry’s Uptown Cafe.

An Apex native, Eakes and his wife, Betsy, moved to the Sandhills in 2015, taking up residence in the Moore County town of West End, according to a press release. After moving, Eakes managed restaurants in Seagrove and Robbins from 2015-2019 and started Salt & Pepper Catering, LLC in 2017.

The couple moved to Rockingham in 2021 after selling their home in West End.

According to the press release, Hitchcock Pub and Grill will be open for lunch with country-style plates, sandwiches, burgers, fried and grilled chicken, reubens and ribeyes.


The dinner menu, which is still being finalized, is said to include salads, fish and chips, Shepherd’s pie — and steak, with daily ribeye platters and a prime rib special on Saturdays.

The city owns the building — Hitchcock Place — and leased the space for Pattan’s Downtown Grille from 2015 until last month when owners Tim and Julia Pattan announced they would be closing.

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Hitchcock Pub and Grill, which is expected to offer event hosting and catering, is slated to open in February.

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