Restaurants: Former Stonewood Grill to Become Rockwell’s

Story by Lindsey Chester and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality , recently announced plans for a second Cary restaurant in the former Stonewood Grill on Darrington Drive off NW Cary Parkway.

The new establishment, Rockwell’s American Grill, will feature “American comfort food” and joins Rocky Top’s other Cary success, Tribeca Tavern. Opening is set for January 24th, 2012.

The Menu

Rockwell’s will combine the concept of a modern American grill with family style portions, and a menu inspired by American diners, delis and traditional comfort foods.  Breakfast will be served all day, and Rockwell’s will offer family style service and a menu priced very reasonably from $5 – $19.  The bar will focus on reasonably priced craft beers, wines and modern day takes on classic American cocktails. With Cary’s love of outdoor dining, the new patio is sure to be a hit and seats more than 100 guests.


Owner Dean Ogan, Marshall Smith (of Michael Dean’s, Bogart’s Red Room, and Savoy), and Marc Vanscoy (who works for Tribeca Tavern, Porter’s, Frazier’s, and Twisted Fork) will all collaborate on the new menu.  Marshall Smith will be staying long term along with his dad, Richard Smith (from the Twisted Fork) doing the baking and desserts.

 “Rockwell’s American Grill is the kind of restaurant that serves our favorite foods we have all grown to love,” said Ogan. “We could not be more excited to open the restaurant in January. Whether it is our grilled cheeses, comfy entrees or classic American desserts, Rockwell’s  ..(will)..remind every individual of their family classics.”

Stonewood closed October 1st (news to me) and is currently undergoing renovations. The building is being leased by TriProperties, who manages the Preston Walk shopping center. The restaurant includes 7500 square feet plus the outdoor patio, which will be open year round.

Locally Grown

Other restaurants in the area owned by the group include The Twisted Fork, The Red Room Tapas Lounge, and The Mash House. Tribeca tavern has two locations, one in Cary and the other in Raleigh. Rocky Top Hospitality makes a point of being unique and using local North Carolina ingredients- seafood, meats and organic produce. They pride themselves on their  hormone free beef and pork. Pasta  and desserts are made daily.


When the new restaurant opens in January, lunch and dinner will be served every day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., with the bar open until midnight each evening except Sundays.