About Poole’s Diner by Ashley Christensen
It started with a diner. In 2007, Ashley Christensen bought Poole’s Diner, an iconic, shotgun space that had served food to the Raleigh community for decades. She kept the spirit of the historical diner intact, but added her thoughtfulness and approach to the menu, by cooking elevated takes on classic comfort food, alongside amazing wine and cocktails. It was an overnight success, and jump-started a rebirth of the downtown area. Since then, Ashley has built a restaurant group featuring six restaurants, and an events company. From a casual fried chicken joint to a high-end dining experience focused on wood fire, AC Restaurants includes some of Raleigh’s most beloved culinary landmarks.
How this helps
“Ashley Christensen Restaurants’ have been put into ‘hibernation mode’ right now — our entire team is in temporary lay off status until it’s safe to reopen. This revenue will be crucial to help relaunch the restaurants, rehire our staff, re-engage our vendors (farmers, fisherman, winemakers, and more), and create stability and longevity for the company.”
Ashley Christensen, Chef and Owner of AC Restaurants
Apéritifs for the modern drinker
Popular in European drinking culture for centuries thanks to their complex flavors and lighter alcohol content, we're giving apéritifs a modern update. We use all natural ingredients to create unique flavor profiles that are not too bitter, and not too sweet. Sip them throughout the evening on the rocks or with simple mixers like soda or tonic.
A drink you can feel good about
How it's made
Haus is crafted by a winemaking family in California
We believe the alcohol we drink should meet the standards we place on what we eat. Our aperitifs are crafted farm-to-bottle with natural fruits, herbs, and botanicals by our team in Sonoma, California.
They’re perfect to sip all evening on the rocks or with simple mixers like soda or tonic, thanks to their lighter alcohol content. We make our processes and ingredients transparent so you know exactly what’s in your glass.Learn More