Chef Bruce Moffett grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island (hence the name of his first restaurant, Barrington’s). After earning a degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island and briefly working the political circuit in D.C., Bruce decided his true passion lied in the culinary arts industry. He was then formally trained at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, NY. After graduating from CIA with honors, Bruce gained restaurant experience in both Atlanta and Boston. Most notably, he worked in the kitchen at two of Boston’s most prestigious restaurants, L’Espalier and Metropolis Cafe. In 2000, Bruce moved to Charlotte to be closer to family where he opened his own restaurant, Barrington’s. He has been the Executive Chef there ever since and was recognized as a James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Nominee in 2009.
In 2013, Bruce expanded his culinary reign in Charlotte by launching Moffett Restaurant Group, which oversees all three restaurants, Barrington’s Restaurant (2000), Good Food on Montford (2009) and Stagioni (2013). Bruce is looking forward to opening two more restaurants this spring. The fourth, NC Red, opens April 2019 in the former Penguin Drive-In Space in Plaza Midtown. Stemming from Moffett’s upbringing along the New England seashore, the restaurant is a nod to both his past and present and will feature a menu that perfectly blends classic Southern cuisine with Northeastern style seafood. The fifth restaurant, Bao + Broth, is inspired by the Japanese film Tampopo and will be located at the forthcoming Optimist Hall in the Optimist Park neighborhood.