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Our mission at The Pit – and all the Empire Eats Restaurants – is to feed our community every day. Great food and great hospitality are at the core of who we are and what we do. Our devotion to feeding our neighbors is why the issues of childhood hunger and food insecurity are so important to us.


We made the decision to postpone Cuegrass in March of 2020, when COVID-19 was sweeping the world and it was clear there was no end in sight. With area schools and food pantries closed because of the pandemic, our first round of ‘Cuegrass fundraising went virtual right away. An enormous outpouring of generosity came from the community, and in a few weeks we were able to raise $11,000 for SAFEchild, Ligon Middle School’s Food Ark, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC, and the Junior League of Raleigh’s BackPack Buddies Program.


We are excited to announce that our primary beneficiary for 2023 is SAFEchild's Champion Our Children capital campaign. Funds will also support the Junior League of Raleigh's BackPack Buddies Program, and Occoneechee Council.


Please help us by donating anything you can to support those in need in our community. 

Thanks for your support, we can't wait to see you in April!

The 'Cuegrass Team

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