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Development Beat: Taco Bell Cantina Opens

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Week of August 13, 2018

Taco Bell Cantina opens on Hillsborough Street

Townhomes coming soon to West Street

The Fairweather requests design adjustment

Mojito Lounge opens this week

Brovelli opens in City Market

Apartments planned for Hill Street in Northeast Raleigh

Panda Express Coming to Wake Forest Road

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Taco Bell Cantina Has Arrived

The Taco Bell Cantina has officially opened. In January, we broke the news that Taco Bell would open its first Raleigh “Cantina” location on the ground floor of the 2304 Hillsborough apartments. On Monday morning, the restaurant opened its Fire sauce packet arms and welcomed patrons.

ABC Inspection permits – the ones that will allow this Taco Bell to serve draft beers and liquor slushies – were issued last week.

Liquor slushies aka “Twisted Freezes”

For those unfamiliar with the Cantina brand, they differ from traditional Taco Bells in three main ways: they’re slightly more upscale, there’s no drive-thru, and they serve booze. The Hillsborough Street location offers six draft beers, liquor slushies (Twisted Freezes), and frosé (frozen rosé).

There’s also a nice mural by Clark Hipolito.

While this isn’t exactly the return of Hillsborough Street’s iconic Cantina bar that was once located across the street from East Village, we imagine this location will be quite popular.


The West Street Way

Work is now underway on downtown Raleigh’s latest townhome development. The West Street Townhomes, located near the intersection of West and Lenoir Streets, will be comprised of 12 single-family row homes spread across three separate buildings, all of which will be connected by an adjoining courtyard.

Lambert Development has said that the townhomes will offer three distinct designs ranging in size from 1,400-1,600 square feet. Each residence will include “sleek, modern, high-end contemporary fixtures and finishes and garage parking” as well as “skyline views from rooftop terraces.”

Concept 8, a local firm that has built a number of custom homes throughout Raleigh, will be overseeing the construction.


Fairweather Progress

The Fairweather, a luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and close proximity to Dix Park, has filed an administrative alternative design request dealing with the city’s “transparency” requirements.

Outlined in the Unified Development Ordinance, transparency requirements are specified in order to lend “visual interest to street-facing building facades.” We don’t imagine the developers will have much trouble getting this adjustment approved.

The demolition phase of the project began last month with the teardown of the old Motor Parts Warehouse at 522 S. Harrington. The development is expected to stand five stories tall and include 45 residential units, structured parking, and street-level retail.

Mojito Lounge Replaces Stag’s Head

Less than a month after it was announced that Glenwood South’s beloved Stag’s Head bar would be closing, its replacement is set to make its grand debut.

The Mojito Lounge will hold its grand opening for “Raleigh’s New College Night” this weekend. The “sophisticated Latin-Themed Lounge” will feature music by DJ David Dice, DJ Juice, and YODJWoody.

According to its Facebook page, the lounge will include a full bar, live entertainment, bottle service, and VIP Service. Those planning to attend should “dress to impress” as a flier for the celebration notes that the dress code will be “strictly enforced.”


An Oily Opening In City Market

Brovelli is now open in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The shop offers 25 different infused oils, infused vinegars, herb blends, wine, and gift items.

Hill Street Blues

Plans for a new Raleigh apartment complex were filed last week, and for once, it looks like it won’t be built on Hillsborough Street. Site plans for the Hill Street Apartments, a two-building 14-unit complex, were filed by local developer Springfield Ventures.

Located on Hill Street off Skycrest Drive, the two, two-story buildings will stand less than 30′ tall and offer a total of 22 parking spaces.



Panda Express is making its way to Raleigh. Permits were issued last week for the construction of a new 2,200 square-foot building at 4215 Wake Forest Road, near the T.G.I. Friday’s and across the street from Raleigh’s first Lidl grocery store. Venture Construction will oversee the $250,000 build-out of the new restaurant.

The chain offers a variety of classic Americanized Asian dishes such as Orange Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki and String Bean Chicken, and we imagine the Wake Forest location will be open either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.

Development Beat: Jazz Club Coming To Village Subway, Apartments Planned At East Village

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Week of August 6, 2018

A jazz club is coming to the Village Subway in Cameron Village

Apartments planned for Bellwood Drive behind Cameron Village

Apartment planned for East Village property

Yacht Club coming to West Johnson Street

Tasting bar now open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Dix Park to add a cafe

Krispy Kreme plans kiosk for Crabtree Valley Mall

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Jazz Club Coming to Village Subway

The Village Subway is on its way back. Smedes York has plans to open a jazz club in Cameron Village’s iconic underground that was once home to music venues, bars, and shops during the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

York, a Broughton graduate, member of the Raleigh Hall of Fame, and Chairman of the Board of York Properties, hopes to bring life back to the space that has been dormant for decades.

This is some of the greatest news we’ve ever reported (first in a 2016 article about the return of The Fresh Market that apparently no one read, then re-reported last week on Twitter).

The N&O covered the story as well, reporting that the club hopes to open towards the end of 2019. We’re thrilled at this development, as it gives us hope that Felson’s could potentially return. (It isn’t returning.)

While we await the arrival of the new establishment, be sure to check out “The Underground: Photographs of Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985” which is currently on display at the City of Raleigh Museum (COR).

For an in-depth look at The Village Subway, read Goodnight Raleigh’s coverage from 2008, which includes a list of bands that played there and a wealth of information in the comments section.


Apartments Planned for Bellwood Behind Cameron Village

A new apartment project is being planned on Bellwood Drive, just behind Cameron Village. As journalists, we’ve known about this since 2017, when we got a hot tip from a reader that “the townhouses on Bellwood are falling apart. It’s a long story but the HOA is trying to get all the owners to allow them to negotiate a sale.” We were too busy (lazy) to actually do any journalism on the matter, until now.

The project was presented to the Cameron Park Development Committee last week. A representative from the developer shared the following details:

349 units

Buildings will be 4 stories, with one 6-story building that will be the same height as the 4-story buildings due to the slope of the land. They’ll need a zoning variance for this.

520 parking spaces

Rental rates between $1,500 and $2,500 a month

Roughly 65% of the units will be 1 bedroom (750 square feet to 1,000 square feet)

Residents will have access to ground floor office space, but the project will not have commercial space. They probably realize it’s foolish to compete with Cameron Village in the retail arena. The project will probably take at least 2 years to build, and another year for approvals.


Apartment Planned For East Village Property

Site review plans were filed last week for a 3-story mixed-used apartment building located on the property that’s now home to East Village, College Beverage, Curious Goods, DIGITZ, and Triangle Motorsports.

CA Ventures, a real estate investment holding company based in Chicago, is listed as the Client/Developer/Owner on the project, named 3020 Hillsborough. The property will be developed across a total of nine existing parcels.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot building will house 142 residential units (76 one-bedrooms, 59 four-bedrooms and 7 two-bedrooms) and ground-floor retail. The plans also offer a small preview of some of 3020’s amenities: a pool and adjoining clubhouse, a “cyber lounge,” and 147 parking spaces with a separate bicycle storage area.

So what does this mean for Hillsborough Street icons East Village and College Beverage? We spoke with some nice people at JDavis, but they were not sure what the developer had planned for the existing businesses.

Update: According to some crowdsourced journalism, East Village has stated that a developer is looking at the property but it is not under contract yet. If the project is approved and moves forward, East Village will have the right of first refusal to put the restaurant in the bottom floor of the apartment building.

Raleigh’s First Yacht Club

Raleigh will soon be getting its very own Yacht Club, sort of. Site plans were filed for the renovation of the property at 710 W. Johnson Street that would turn the one-time home of the Office Tavern into The Yacht Club.

The site plans indicate this will be a two-story restaurant/bar, with 1,451 square-feet of space on the first floor, 2,296 square feet on the second floor, and 781 square-feet of outdoor dining space, of which 402 square-feet will be covered.

Based on the name, we’re guessing there will be some sort of nautical theme. We’re hoping they at least have a solid Yacht Rock playlist full of hits from Hall & Oates, Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, and more.

Tasting Bar Now Open at Seaboard Wine at High Park

Just a few weeks after moving to their new location at High Park, Seaboard Wine has now opened their Tasting Bar. Hours for the Tasting Bar are:

Monday – Friday: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

We imagine this will be a hit with the surrounding Five Points neighborhoods, who often participate in nightly wine walks. More information on tastings and events can be found on their website,


Cafe on a Hill

Ashton Smith’s number 1 newsletter in North Carolina (Raleigh, over-easy) recently called our attention to a new Dix Park development, Dix Café.

They are now serving food from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm and offer “Handcrafted Sandwiches, Fresh Salads, All-beef burgers, Smoothies & more” at a location on the grounds of Dix Park. The café is run by Services for the Blind, a division of DHHS, as part of their blind entrepreneur program, NC Business Enterprises.

It’s worth noting that there was at one time, an eatery named “Dix Grill” on Cafeteria Drive in one of the old Dix Hospital buildings, but it appears that space is used now for meetings of the Dorothea Dix Master Advisory Committee.

We’ll keep an eye on this as more details emerge.

Krispy Kreme Bringing Doughnut Kiosk To Crabtree

You know when you go to the mall and see those kiosks selling things like emoji-shaped pillows, cell phone accessories that will break within six months of purchasing, and random stuff that you’d never actually buy? Well, for some reason, Krispy Kreme decided to put one of those at Crabtree.

Permits were issued last week for a “Krispy Kreme Kiosk” for Crabtree Valley Mall. First, did no one at Krispy Kreme stop and think about that acronym? Maybe go with “doughnut stand” or any other word that doesn’t start with the letter K.

The stand will be installed on the first floor of the mall by Gleeco, Inc. for $8,282. The 123 square-foot doughnut stand is described as “pre-manufactured” — which may explain why the permit cost was so low.

We have no idea what this will look like, but Reddit user TheLegendofMikeC shared this UK “micro-store” last year.

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Development Beat: Work Begins On Raleigh’s Wegmans

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Week of July 30, 2018

Work begins on Raleigh’s first Wegmans

Update on Oberlin and Fairview fire station

Cameron Village Chick-fil-A set for upgrades

Players’ Retreat set for crucial addition

Rosewater coming to North Hills

The Warehouse District: Then & Now

Old Amtrak Station finally receives demolition permits

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Work Begins on Wegmans at New ITB Shopping Center

North Carolina’s first Wegmans grocery store is now under construction, as permits for the foundation were recently issued to Vannoy Construction.

Located in the new Midtown East shopping center off Wake Forest Road, the 22 acre site will include about 21 retail and restaurant spaces, a 700 space parking deck, and the coveted Wegmans.

The current lineup of entities not named Wegmans includes Maple Street Biscuit Company, Club Pilates, Cava, Salon Del Sol, and Bella Lifestyle.

In a June meeting of the Midtown Citizens Advisory Council, Paul Muñana of Regency Properties, which owns a number of other local shopping centers (Cameron Village), provided an update on the project. Here are the full minutes of that CAC meeting.

In addition to the Wegmans, they are building 7 new buildings (5 managed by Regency, 2 “paid leases”) and two new roads. Muñana said Midtown East would also be home to a 150-room hotel.

A “smaller than average” Wegmans (110,000 sq. ft.) will be located at the back, top deck of the property with a road leading to it and with parking beneath it. Muñana pointed out that there will be a nice open space area with artificial turf. According to Muñana, Midtown East is expected to open in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of 2019.

WNFIV Note: I will never refer to any part of Raleigh as “Midtown.” North Hills is North Hills. Full stop. According to cartography, the area where Wegmans is being built is closest to Crabtree Heights. If that doesn’t sound catchy enough, might I suggest coming up with a new name based on nearby landmarks or areas the way they do in larger cities (ex: how SoHo refers to South of Houston Street in Manhattan). Here are a few options: BTB (below the beltline), NoThomp (North of Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac (Hi Mark)), or SoJo (South of Trader Joe’s).


Update on Oberlin and Fairview Fire Station

Last week, we did some hard-hitting journalism to find out why it was taking so long to finish building the fire station on the corner of Oberlin and Fairview. Country Club Hills residents were having flashbacks to that fateful morning in December, over 20 years ago, when they awoke to the glow of a mansion on fire. A mystery to this day…

We did some journalism by asking the following on social media:

Fortunately, Raleigh fire expert Mike Legeros had already covered this on his Fire Blog (not to be confused with WNFIV’s upcoming Dumpster Fyre Podcast). The delay in construction was caused by the discovery of some contaminated soil that had to be removed. Construction is now underway and should be finished in the spring of 2019. Here’s the project page with more information that our friends at the City of Raleigh sent us.

Until then, here are some options for nearby residents.


Cameron Village Chick-fil-A To Add Canopy

In my years of writing this column, I’ve been witness to the pitfalls and the possibilities, the perils and the promise that new construction can bring to the City, but few projects have ever achieved pure perfection in the way the Cameron Village Chick-fil-A did.

Built in 2011, the two-story 7,574 square-foot Chick-fil-A is surely the prize gem in Cameron Village’s already shining crown, serving up delicious efficient food in a gleaming complex packed with clean tables and more than enough room to host a serious birthday bash.

So that’s why I was caught off guard by a renovation permit issued for the space last week: what do you do to the building that has everything? The answer, apparently, is an improved canopy.

The $50,00 permit issued to R & L Builders and Sons last week is for a new overhead shade canopy, although it doesn’t specify where the canopy will be located. While it may not be finished in time to protect patrons from North Carolina’s cruel August sun, we’re sure it will be a welcome addition for years to come.


A Rosy New Plan for Former North Hills Bruegger’s

Kane Realty Corporation announced last week that Rosewater, a Mediterranean restaurant from the Giorgios Group, will open in the old Bruegger’s space in 2019. This put to rest the rumors we started last year that Bonner Gaylord would use the space to fulfill his dreams of opening his own surf shop.

Giorgios Group has restaurants in Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Asheville including Vin Rouge, Parizade, and Bin 54. The North Hills location will be their first restaurant in Raleigh.


A New Retreat at Players’ Retreat

Two years after undergoing a major renovation to their kitchen, Players’ Retreat is set to upgrade another crucial element of their building: the restrooms.

Permits were issued last week to Benjamin Hale Builders for the addition of a wall to create a new accessible toilet room. The $5,000 project will add a new 50 square foot restroom to the popular restaurant.

This Warehouse is No Longer Bare

In last week’s Raleigh, over-easy newsletter (currently the number 1 ranked newsletter in Raleigh) our friend Ashton Smith included an interesting photo comparison showing the Warehouse District as it was in 2006 and as it is today. Kudos to Matt Robinson of Raleigh Skylines for this flashback.

Power of the Press

A week ago, we reported on some reporting that demolition was underway on Raleigh’s old Amtrak station at 516 West Cabarrus Street. Here’s an updated look from photojournalist Rachel Meyer (who also runs The Whisk Project, @the_whisk_project on Insta).

On the same day our journalism debuted, a demolition permit was applied for — and approved a mere three days later by the City of Raleigh. We’re not saying our Pulitzer-level work spurred Clancy & Theys into action on this $40,000 permit, but we’re also not saying it didn’t.

It’s always sad to see a long-standing downtown structure demolished, but it’s not as though the old station was on par with Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal, or Raleigh’s new Union Station.

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Development Beat: Pooleside Pie Progress

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Week of July 23, 2018

Pooleside Pies files plans

Demolition begins at old Amtrak station

New kind of pharmacy coming to Glenwood

Work begins on Oak Steakhouse

Crabtree Terrace progress

5401 North continues to expand

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Planning for Pizza

Renowned Raleigh restaurateur Ashley Christensen is one step closer to achieving our dream of a Poole’s mac and cheese pizza. Site plans were recently filed for Pooleside Pie, which will offer Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas at 428 S. McDowell Street, right next to Christensen’s Poole’s Diner.

The building is currently the home of the “All are welcome, Raleigh, NC” mural, which is one of the most Instagrammable spots in Raleigh. Built in 1915, the 3,950 square foot brick warehouse building will now undergo a significant renovation.

Top 5 Instagram spot in Raleigh

The project is being designed by Louis Cherry Architecture, perhaps best known for their beautiful redesign of the Cameron Village Library. Pooleside Pie won’t be the firm’s first venture into restaurant design. They were also behind Crawford and Son and Joule Coffee.

While it’s hard to say how far out Pooleside Pies is from opening, Christensen has been keeping her future customers updated through social media on @poolesidepie, so we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any new updates.

For all you non-foodies out there, Neapolitan is a style of pizza made with tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. According to Wikipedia, it must be made with “San Marzano tomatoes, which grow on the volcanic plains to the south of Mount Vesuvius, and Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, a protected designation of origin cheese made with the milk from water buffalo raised in the marshlands of Campania and Lazio in a semi-wild state.” It is not pizza made with vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.


On Track for Demolition

With Amtrak service having switched over to the new Union Station earlier this month, we knew it wouldn’t be long before the teardown of the old station began. Our friend Ashton Smith reported in her newsletter, Raleigh, over-easy., that the demolition work has started.

While taking pictures of the site, we learned that the canopy, built in 1897 and part of the original Union Depot (also known as Union Station), will be moved to Spencer Yard. Spencer Yard is home of the N.C. Transportation Museum, and is named after the first president of Southern Railway, Samuel Spencer.


Farmacy Coming to Glenwood South

The Hemp Farmacy is setting up shop on Glenwood South. Located on the corner of Glenwood and Hillsborough Street, they’ll be selling products infused with CBD Oil, which claims to offer all the benefits of THC without the high.

According to their Facebook page, which really should be using the tagline “The Dopest Farmacy In Raleigh,” the store will offer “a wide variety of nutritional supplements derived from the Hemp Plant,” and “CBD products from a large number of manufacturers.”

The Farmacy will supposedly be “The East Coast’s First Stand-Alone CBD Dispensary” and its products will come from organically-grown American processors.


Now open in their new location at High Park.

Oak City Steak Coming To The Dillon

Permits for one of The Dillon’s tastiest tenants were recently issued to the Lennon Construction Company. They’ll transform a 5,125 square-foot space on the ground floor of The Dillon into Raleigh’s first location of the high-end Oak Steakhouse chain.

This won’t be the Oak’s first North Carolina location. The restaurant won this year’s “Best Steak” in Charlotte’s “Best of the Best Awards,” which is surprising, since most people in Charlotte have underdeveloped palates.

In addition to its location in Charlotte’s South Park district, the chain also operates restaurants in Atlanta, Charleston, and Nashville.


Newest Mixed-Use Underway at Crabtree

Final sitework permits were issued last week for Crabtree Terrace, a six-story 178,000 square-foot office and retail development at 4509 Creedmoor Road.

Located across from Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Terrace will offer 140,00 square feet of Class A office space, along with 38,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Developer East West Partners officially acquired the land in January 2018, after which it wasted no time in tearing down the existing three-story, 31,000 square-foot “solar glass” exterior building constructed in 1972.

Just when we think Crabtree Valley has reached a maximum level of density, we’re proven wrong. We can’t imagine what the area will look like in ten years.

Northern Living in North Raleigh

Years after the final sitework permits were issued for the start of 5401 North, a planned mixed-use community off Louisburg Road just north of 540, work continues on this massive 400-acre development.

Last week, permits were issued for 5401 North Apartments, along with a number of single-family homes. The apartment complex will apparently comprise four 3-story buildings each containing 48 units, and offer a number of amenities including an outdoor pool.

When complete, 5401 North will offer everything from single-family residential units to townhomes and the aforementioned apartments, in addition to office, retail, dining and amenity spaces. Despite its outside both beltlines status, 5401 North sounds like a pretty nice place.

Development Beat: Seaboard Wine at High Park Opens, Work Begins On Apartments Replacing NC State Tailgate Lots

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Week of July 16, 2018

Seaboard Wine at High Park is now open

Work begins on luxury student apartments at former NC State tailgate lots

Condos planned for North State Street

Village Subway photo exhibit at City of Raleigh Museum

Raleigh is getting its first Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Deco Raleigh opens in new location

Two Roosters Ice Cream coming to Person Street Plaza

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Seaboard Wine at High Park Opens

Today is the big day for our friends at Seaboard Wine at High Park. After 33 years in the same location (21 as Seaboard Wine and 12 as Simple Pleasures’ warehouse), they are now open in their new home at High Park Village on Whitaker Mill Road.

The store will be open regular hours Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Their tasting bar will tentatively re-open Monday 7/23. More updates can be found at and Facebook (@seaboardwine), Twitter (@seaboardwine) and Instagram (@seaboard_wine).

Also, congratulations to Lisa Jeffries for being the first customer! She’s been tracking the progress and shared the first ever inside look with us. History was made today.



NC State Tailgating Takes an L

In April, we reported that the Trinity and TX parking lots on Trinity Road, renowned for their popular tailgating at NC State football games, would one day be replaced with a luxury student housing complex. That day has come.

Over the last few months, many NC State fans put out yard signs that read “Save the parking lots!” in hopes that the development would be stopped. In a show of solidarity, some fans even met in the empty parking lots to eat Bojangles’ tailgate specials paired with Coors Light and listen to pregame speeches.

Despite their best efforts, final sitework permits were issued last week for The Station at 4200 Trinity Road. The project was  described in the preliminary site plan as a 3-story apartment complex of 174 units (12 one bedroom, 4 three bedroom, and 158 four bedroom) located in 21 buildings, and accompanied by 729 parking spots.

Developer Landmark Properties is behind the project, along with many other luxury student apartments across the country. If The Station is similar to their other projects, and we assume it is, students can expect amenities such as a gaming lounge, golf simulator, resort-style pool, outdoor terrace, fitness facility, meeting rooms, a clubhouse, and… printing!

It’s sad to see the loss of such a great piece of tailgating real estate. On the bright side, college football is only 39 days 7 hours 2 minutes and 16 seconds away.


Condos Planned for North State Street

Five Horizons Development, a local firm that’s also behind the 10 Arros project on New Bern Avenue, has filed plans for a new condominium development on North State Street.

Tentatively titled the North State Street Condos, the project will offer 30 one-bedroom units and a total of 33 parking spaces.

The three-story building will comprise a total of 78,148 square feet, take up .64 acres of impervious surface area, and provide 3,620 square feet of open space. We’re not sure what kind of amenities the new condos will offer, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted with any future developments.


Reliving the Village Subway

The City of Raleigh Museum (COR) kicked off “The Underground: Photographs of Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985” last weekend. The photography exhibit will let visitors experience the music scene of of the iconic Village Subway, once located beneath Cameron Village.

As everyone from Raleigh knows, the Village Subway housed everything from music venues, bars, and shops. Photographer Chris Seward has some incredible shots of the Village Subway’s spectacular music scene.

The exhibit will be open from now until December 2018.

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar Coming to McNeill Pointe

Permits were recently issued for Raleigh’s first location of The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar at McNeill Pointe. McNeill Pointe is currently under construction and is located  just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant.

The Shuckin’ Shack has locations stretching from Maryland to South Carolina, with one in Durham and two (two!) in Cary. Although it specializes in seafood, the restaurant also offers meals more suited to landlubbers, including chicken wings and mini corn dogs.

When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four buildings and over 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses.

Deco Raleigh Moves Into New Space

Deco Raleigh, a gift store and gallery that carries work from local artisans and makers, has moved. Fortunately, they didn’t move far. Previously located at 19 West Hargett Street, the store moved just a few feet away to 207 South Salisbury Street.

Two Roosters Coming to Person Street Plaza

Two Roosters Ice Cream is coming to Person Street Plaza. They’ll be taking over the location that housed Lumina Clothing.

According to their Instagram post, Two Roosters will be doing a pop-up space during the summer and will close for the winter to work on renovations.

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Development Beat: Union Station Is Open, Empire Properties Expands On South Dawson

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Week of July 9, 2018

Union Station opens

Empire expands on South Dawson

The Local Squirrel expands in Cameron Village

Kaiju Bowl & Bao opens

Papa Shogun coming to Seaboard Station

PNC Arena upgrades player fitness area

Sultan Kebab House heading to Western Boulevard

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi begins work on Raleigh location

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Union Station Opens

Union Station is now open for business. Official Amtrak service at Raleigh’s brand-new train station began at 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Located at 510 W. Martin Street, the station’s original opening date was delayed slightly due to the platform not meeting required regulations regarding its slope, which was apparently too steep by one percent.

Union Station also includes three stories of commercial and office spaces, which are managed by our friends over at York Properties. John Koonce ( — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace ( — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York will also coordinate the event space leasing.

Congratulations to all involved on making Union Station a success!


Empire Expands on South Dawson

Just a few blocks from Union Station, Empire Properties has acquired three more properties along the west side of the 400 block of South Dawson. This is in addition to Empire’s planned 12-story mixed-use project at the intersection of Dawson and Davie.

424, 426, and 430 South Dawson, which are home to Mad Ethel’s Tattoos and Deep South bar, were recently acquired by a subsidiary of Empire for an undisclosed sum. The three structures were originally built in the 1940s and have been home to a variety of tenants, including the Matthews Shade Company, a roofing company, and others.

Although we don’t know what plans Empire has for their newly acquired South Dawson buildings, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a restoration similar to what they did with the old Dr. Pepper building, the Baldwin& building, Personify, and Reunion Marketing, all of which are nearby.


The Local Squirrel Expands In Cameron Village

After two years, The Local Squirrel is expanding into a larger space in Cameron Village. The store, owned and operated by Rachael Riddle, offers jewelry, home accessories, and gifts, all with a focus on local vendors. They even carry items form the highly coveted ITB Insider merchandise line.

“The new space allows us to expand many of our categories in store starting with our baby selection. We have an additional room in the shop that we’re calling “The Little Acorn Room.” Look for swaddles, toys, accessories for baby and mommy, surrounded by beautiful local artwork perfect for a nursery. We’ll also be bringing in several new Local Makers. I mean at the end of the day, Raleigh is kinda a big deal,” said Riddle.

They’re now located at 2014 Cameron Street. Stay tuned for a potential trunk show hosted by ITBlake the intern.

Kaiju Bowl & Bao Opens

Kaiju Bowl & Bao, a ramen restaurant from Ken Yowell, owner of Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, officially opened its doors to the public last week.

Located at 170 East Davie Street in the former home of Dickey’s BBQ and next door to Oak City Meatball, the restaurant has been under construction for nearly 8 months.

The restaurant features a kind of “Asian chicken wing,” along with a variety of other Japanese-inspired menu items. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space was handled by Carolina Design & Construction.


Axis Powers Invade Seaboard Station

Less than a month after the loss of Korean restaurant Kimbap, it appears that a unique new restaurant will be taking its place. Triangle Explorer recently posted about Papa Shogun, a new Italian/Japanese concept that will open in Seaboard Station.

While there’s been an explosion of so-called fusion restaurants in recent years — like the sushi/burger Cowfish at North Hills, or the spectacular Korean/Mexican Lucha Tigre in Chapel Hill, this is the first time since World War II we’ve read about the Japanese and Italians joining forces.

It’s certainly an interesting concept, and we’re interested to see what kind of menu Papa Shogun will offer when it opens.


A Better Workout at PNC Arena

Permits valued at around $170,000 were issued to Spec Con Inc. last week for an improvement/alteration to the PNC player fitness area/locker room.

We’re not exactly sure what kind of gym upgrades that kind of money can buy, but we’re glad the Hurricanes are making these improvements.

In addition to an improved workout, the permits indicate the players will also have improved cabinetry, a relocated sink, and new ice and beverage machines. This should lead to a Stanley Cup victory within the next 2-3 years.

The Sultan of Western Boulevard

After the closing of Greek Fiesta’s Western Boulevard location, N.C. State students were at a loss for a quick, easy place to get kebab-style meals — but not for much longer.

An ABC inspection permit was issued last week for “Sultan Kebab” at 3933 Western, and while the name implies it won’t be kebabs of the Greek variety, grilled meat is grilled meat.

Rockin’ Out on Strickland Road

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi, Durham’s popular Japanese restaurant, will soon open a brand-new Raleigh location at Harvest Plaza on Strickland Road.

The $332,930 renovation of the 4,910 square foot space at 9650 Strickland Road is being handled by Golden City Construction. An opening date has not yet been announced.

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Development Beat: New Crawford Restaurant, Seaboard Wine Moving to High Park, and Demolition Near Broughton

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Week of July 2, 2018

Scott Crawford opening French bistro next to Crawford and Son

Seaboard Wine begins move to High Park

Demolition begins across the street from Broughton

Imurj adds a kitchen

Council set to award Capital Boulevard Corridor Study contract

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Crawford To Open French Bistro On Person Street

The N&O reported that Chef Scott Crawford is planning to open a French bistro next to his existing restaurant Crawford and Son. Jolie, named after Crawford’s daughter, will offer classic French dishes including rabbit cassoulet, souffles, steak frites, scrambled duck eggs, and more. The beer and wine will all be French as well.

“We’re excited because we believe this classic French restaurant experience is essential to a thriving neighborhood, and here, we’ll be able to revisit time-honored dishes from our classical training, and modernize using new techniques, too,” Crawford said in a press release.

Crawford is a five-time James Beard Award semifinalist. Foodies have already begun to form a line in front of the restaurant, which is anticipating a late October or early November opening.


Opening Date for Seaboard Wine at High Park

EXCLUSIVE: Seaboard Wine, our favorite wine store and sponsor, has an anticipated opening date of Monday, July 16 in their new location at High Park. Like all construction projects, this date is tentative. They’ll close their Seaboard Station location on Tuesday, July 3, and begin the move on Thursday through the following week.

“We are looking forward to moving into a professionally run retail center with a commitment to locally owned businesses and are excited to be a part of the Five Points, Anderson Heights, Hayes Barton, and North Hills neighborhoods,” said Doug Diesing, owner of Seaboard Wine at High Park.

They’ll keep the Seaboard Wine name (they were the first ever tenant at Seaboard Station) and add “at High Park” to denote their new location. We’re looking forward to checking out the new space in a few weeks.


Demolition Starts Near Broughton

Demolition has started on the Ligon Building at 800 St. Mary’s Street. Located across the street from Broughton High School, the 63-year-old, four-story, 25,000 square-foot office building will be replaced by a 129,639 square-foot apartment building with 61 units.

Selwyn Property Group, a Charlotte-based developer, acquired the property in 2015 for just over $2 million. The building will consist of two three-bedroom units, forty two-bedroom units, and 19 one-bedroom units.

The existing building housed many dental offices that were frequented by Broughton students for decades. Fortunately, our sponsor Downtown Dental is located nearby and is more than happy to take in these students.


A Kitchen Imurjes

Imurj, a creative collaborative space for artists, will soon add fresh-cooked food to their array of offerings. Located below Whiskey Kitchen, Imurj received a small renovation permit for the addition of kitchen equipment described as “Imurj Kitchen Area.”

We don’t know what kind food will be served, or if they will even be offering food to the public. For all we know, this could be some sort of new wave food art concept that’s just for show.

Studying Capital Boulevard

City Council is expected to authorize a contract with the engineering consulting firm WSP to begin the process of studying Capital Boulevard.

According to the contract, WSP will focus on “understanding the use of Capital Boulevard by residents, workers, businesses, and travelers on all transportation modes.” Extensive data collection and transportation modeling are included in the contract. The study will also evaluate parks, streetscape/urban design needs, and future land uses.

Meetings to solicit public input will begin in the spring of 2019, while WSP is expected to present Council with its final report a few months later.

Development Beat: Another 10-Story Tower For Hillsborough Street

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Week of June 25, 2018

Ten-story tower planned for Hillsborough Street

Poyner Place YMCA opens in Downtown Raleigh

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park

New Oakwood bar will require a key

Red Hat taking over Buku space in 2019

Happy + Hale opening in North Hills

Flower shop opens on Hargett

Kaiju Bowl & Bao set to open July 6

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Another 10-Story Tower For Hillsborough Street

Site plans for Two Hillsborough, a ten-story building at the intersection of Hillsborough and Boylan, were filed last week. The site is currently occupied by the former offices of Stop Hunger Now, Audio Exchange, and, most notably, Dram & Draught. EXCLUSIVE: Dram & Draught is in talks to move into another space within the walkable footprint of their current location. They also just unveiled their summer cocktail menu, featuring 10 new cocktails.

Two Hillsborough will consist of a 10-story, 275,000 square-foot office building with two separate one-story retail buildings comprising a total of 4,850 square feet. Leo Suarez pointed out on The Raleigh Connoisseur that the plans seem to indicate the retail buildings will be made from reused shipping containers.

Two Hillsborough is the third project in that area being developed by Maryland-based Heritage Properties. They are also behind the ten-story One Glenwood and Two Glenwood, the hotel and parking deck located at the former home of Shelton’s Furniture (RIP).


The Downtown YMCA Is Back For Good

Just a few weeks after William Needham Finley IV’s super exclusive, insider preview of downtown’s Poyner YMCA, the facility has officially opened its doors.

We’re back. For good. #RibbonCuttingSZN

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 21st and featured a variety of local leaders, members of the Poyner family, and members of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Also present was a confused contingent of Village People fans who mistook the ceremony for the first show of a long-awaited reunion tour. Fun fact: Randy Jones, the Cowboy from Village People, was born in Raleigh. That means we can without a doubt claim that their hit song “Y.M.C.A.” is about a YMCA in Raleigh.

Located at 227 Fayetteville Street, the 26,000 square-foot Poyner Y will feature group fitness classes, small group training opportunities, and state-of-the-art equipment. Congratulations to everyone who worked hard to make this happen!

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Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park

EXCLUSIVE: Our favorite wine store and sponsor is making progress on their new space at High Park. Seaboard Wine at High Park recently shared exclusive images with us through their Instagram (@Seaboard_Wine) that show the addition of lights and a bar. These are critical components of a successful wine store.

They’re planning to open the new location in July. We’ll have more details on an exact opening date soon.


The Key to a Successful Bar

The News & Observer reported last week that Oakwood’s newest bar will be designed specifically for the local neighborhood. Atlantic Lounge is the brainchild of James Howard and Dan Murphy, the pair behind the Cardinal Bar on N. West Street. The bar will only be accessible through a locked door on Pace Street. Around 500 keys will be given out to members that will be recruited over the next few weeks.

Set to open later this summer, the Atlantic Lounge will be located beneath Crawford & Son on North Person Street, offering enough space for a “few dozen” people. According to The N&O:

“Howard called the Atlantic Lounge a social experiment. After years of opening bars and hearing the early excitement from neighbors turn to lamentations of it being taken over by outsiders a few months later, he said he wanted to build a bar for the neighborhood.”

We’ll be interested to see how this concept plays out.

Red Hat Has Plans For Buku Space

Red Hat recently announced plans for the ground floor space of their downtown building, which is currently occupied by Buku. Drum roll……. it’s more space for their internal marketing department and not Raleigh’s newest bottle shop, as many had speculated.

The Triangle Business Journal reported last week that Red Hat will transform the space into a showcase area for their internal marketing department. The space will eventually house about 60 Red Hat employees, and could open as soon as spring 2019.

Buku announced earlier this month that it will open a new location in the space formerly occupied by Àn in Cary. The folks behind Buku will also be opening a new restaurant concept in downtown Raleigh in spring of 2019.

Happy + Hale Opening in North Hills

The newest location of Happy + Hale will open in the Park Central building in North Hills on June 27th. The Raleigh-based restaurant has been offering salads, juices, and smoothies in their downtown location since 2014. The new location will add a few new twists, including indoor seating for up to 50 people, outdoor patio seating, and brunch on the weekends. They’ve also partnered with Counter Culture Coffee and Brewery Bhavana to offer coffee and beer.

The restaurant was founded in 2013 by Tyler Helikson and Matt Whitley, who started serving salads and juices from the back of an electric golf cart and modified tricycle. We’re not making that up. They were basically the Uber of salads and have now grown to multiple brick and mortar locations. Congrats to everyone involved! William Needham Finley IV had a chance to check it out.

Flowers On Hargett

Petale opened its doors last Thursday at 15 W. Hargett. The retailer offers an array of bouquets of flowers and other assorted gifts. The name pays homage to both the modified leaves surrounding the reproductive part of a flower and the types of pedals found on bicycles.

Interestingly enough, the shop also offers “subscription” plans, with a fresh bouquet of flowers delivered to the recipient’s house either once a week or once a month on Mondays.

Kaiju Bowl & Bao Sets Opening Date

Kaiju Bowl & Bao, a ramen restaurant from Ken Yowell, owner of Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, announced they will open on July 6.

Located at 170 East Davie Street, the restaurant will feature a kind of “Asian chicken wing,” along with a variety of other Japanese-inspired menu items. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space located next door to Oak City Meatball began last November under the supervision of Carolina Design & Construction.

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Development Beat: Gables Motor Lodge Approved, Highway to the Valet Zone

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Week of June 18, 2018

Gables Motor Lodge rezoning approved

Morgan Street Food Hall announces opening date

Union Station to open June 27

Silence of the Lambos: Alchemy may lose its Valet Parking Zone

Kroger closing its Raleigh locations

Western Boulevard Senior Apartments break ground

City to sell 517 South Blount Street

IHOP name change not permanent

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Green Pastures Ahead for Gables Motor Lodge

In the first ever edition of the Development Beat, we reported on a plan to sell the iconic Gables Motor Lodge. After much speculation (Mordecai Outraged Over Rumored Buyers of Iconic Property) that included a Dave & Buster’s, a Wahlberg-themed Food Hall, and a Big Lots, a much more suitable plan has been approved by the local Citizens Advisory Committee.

The Mordecai CAC voted (95-1) to recommend approval of rezoning case Z-14-18 last week. The rezoning will allow for the addition of a pair of two-story buildings to the site, bookmarking the existing lodge and bringing the total number of rooms to 19. In addition, the developer is looking into the possibility of adding a water feature, and fencing around the property line.

The developer had noted that they want to make something that “pays tribute to Mordecai,” and in so doing, will try to ensure the iconic sign out front is incorporated into the project.

The case still needs to be approved by City Council, but strong support from the local CAC always goes a long way towards approval. You can watch the entire presentation from last week here.


The Foods in the Hall

The highly anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall announced last week that it will be opening its doors on July 23.

The 20,000 square-foot space at 411 W. Morgan will be home to about 20 different restaurants, as well as a number of retail carts selling food and food-related items.

To date, the restaurants confirmed include: Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza & Tapas, Boba Brew, Carroll’s Kitchen, Cocoa Forte, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cow Bar, Curry in a Hurry, Hook & Cleaver, Iyla’s Southern Kitchen, Makus Empanadas, Mama Bird’s Cookies + Cream, MKG Kitchen, Morgan Street Java & Creperie, Oak City Fish & Chips, Raleigh Raw, Raleigh Rolls, Sassool, The Bowls, The Broth, and Wicked Taco.

This is probably more restaurants than existed in the whole of downtown Raleigh just fifteen years ago. We’re looking forward to the opening.


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Union Station Readies for Rail

Raleigh’s new Union Station will soon begin servicing rail passengers. The station’s opening was delayed slightly due to the platform not meeting required regulations regarding its slope, which was apparently too steep by one percent.

Much of this area, which includes three stories of commercial and office spaces, will be managed by our friends over at York Properties.

John Koonce ( — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace ( — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York is also handling the management and will coordinate the event space leasing.

Silence of the Lambos


The following is a true story. We are not making any of this up.

Owner of an array of downtown hot spots, including the Capital City Tavern and the Oak City Tavern, Dan Lovenheim is also the proprietor of Glenwood South’s Alchemy nightclub. His Lamborghini can often be found in front of Alchemy, parked in the nightclub’s valet zone.

It turns out, not everyone appreciates seeing something other than a Yukon from Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac parked along Glenwood. A number of local businesses in the area began complaining that the valet zone in front of Alchemy was “not being operated for the lawfully-intended purpose.” The initial application for a valet zone was approved in February 2016. Apparently, the valet area is often used as reserved parking for the Lambo.

According to a report prepared by City of Raleigh staffers, the claim “was later substantiated by parking enforcement agents who monitored this area nightly and cited the owner’s vehicle on several occasions.” Staff had telephone conversations with the owner, as well as two personal meetings regarding the misuse of the valet zone. The owner continued to state this was untrue.

More recently, several Raleigh police officers corroborated that no valet parking was taking place. Two ranking officers have stated the Club owner admitted the same to them during a meeting on October 30, 2017. It seems the City of Raleigh did more detective work on this issue than Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. And we applaud their efforts. We can’t just give away parking spaces for uses other than parking willy-nilly.

Since Glenwood is technically a highway, one could state that it is, in fact, a highway to the valet zone. We’ve all been in that situation, sitting on Glenwood South, searching for a parking spot to go to Dillo. Revvin’ up your engine, listen to her howlin’ roar. Metal under tension, beggin’ you to valet park and go. It’s a highway to the valet zone, you’re gonna park your car right in to the valet zone. Well, probably not much longer after today’s City Council meeting. They’ll vote on whether they should return the three parking spaces currently designated as Alchemy’s valet zone back to the public.


Kroger Klosing

In an announcement that shook the supermarket world, Kroger announced last week that it would be closing all 14 of its area locations, a move that will affect about 1,500 employees.

Only four of those stores are actually in Raleigh. Of those, one, at 8345 Creedmoor Road, will reopen as a Harris Teeter and the other, at 7905 Falls of Neuse Road, will reopen as a Food Lion.

Kroger first opened in the region in 1989 and acquired the Matthews, N.C. based Harris Teeter chain in 2013.  Kroger has now come to the conclusion that the region is “over-stored.”

No plans have yet been announced for the future of the Krogers located at 6300 Creedmoor or 350 Six Forks Road, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for any permits issued at those spaces.


Senior Living Apartments on Western Break Ground

Site work is wrapping up for the new Overture Centennial Apartments on Western Boulevard across from Pullen Park. Apparently, Overture is a “brand” of senior living complexes, something we missed when reporting on this in the past. The complex will cater exclusively to the 55+ crowd.

Although permits for the building itself have not been issued, the site plans we reported on described it as a 182,720 square foot, three-story 180 unit complex that will include 235 parking spaces. The plans also broke down the unit sizes: 108 one-bedroom units and 72 two-bedrooms.

City To Sell Blount Street Property

City Council today is expected to authorize the sale of a cinder block structure at 517 S. Blount Street to a company that could redevelop the derelict property into a three-story mixed-use development.

Built in 1950, the existing 2,275 square-foot structure would likely be demolished in order to make way for an as-yet unknown new development. The property is zoned DX-3, which means downtown mixed-use with a height restriction of three stories.

An LLC that appears to be owned by an Orthopedic Surgeon submitted a bid of $495,000 for the land. The proceeds will go toward affordable housing efforts in the City. Sounds like a win-win for everyone involved.

Don’t Expect IHoB Signage Anytime Soon

For those of you who missed IHOP’s gimmicky “name change” marketing campaign (the pancake chain recently announced it will now be known as the International House of Burgers) we have some good news: the classic signage adorning Raleigh’s IHOP’s won’t be changing anytime soon; or ever, really.

It turns out the name change is only a short-term marketing campaign, and not an official or legal name change that will require the signage in front of your favorite breakfast spot to be upgraded. Raleigh’s gone through enough changes recently, and we’re glad to see at least one thing remain constant, even if it is just the logo for a chain breakfast joint.

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Development Beat: Finishing the Bell Tower, Apartment Plans Near Broughton Expand

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Week of June 11, 2018

NC State Memorial Belltower progress

Developers revise plans for apartments near Broughton

Plans unveiled for new office building at Glenwood Place

Work begins on new Chamberlain Apartments

Barcelona Wine Bar coming soon to The Dillon

The ZEN Succulent coming to Wilmington Street

Kimbap to close

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Memorial Belltower Progress

The Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough Street is one step closer to being completed. When NC State began planning their bell tower as a monument to honor NC State alumni killed in World War I, it was intended that the tower would actually contain bells. Unfortunately, financial difficulties forced the university to cut back and cancel an order for a 54-bell carillon.

The plans, first drawn up in 1920, included a number of features that did not make it to the final stages, such as a bell playing console, glass clock faces, and a spiral staircase. A letter to the original architect, William Henry Deacy, notes that the university’s plan to install a “false speaker system” in place of the bell carillon was only supposed to serve as a temporary solution.

Multiple fundraising efforts have been undertaken over the last few decades. One consisted of a middle-aged woman standing near the bell tower while rattling a tin can for donations and shouting “Finish the bell tower!” as she handed a flyer to a young Marty McFly.

In 2009, students led a campaign to raise money to purchase bells for the tower. Thanks to a 2017 gift from Bill and Frances Henry, NC State can complete the 54-bell carillon and interior stairs of the Memorial Belltower.

The university issued a request for proposals to find a design-build team to manage the $6.1 million project, which also includes stabilization work and upgrades to the surrounding plaza.

We recently got a look at slightly-redacted versions of the submitted proposals along with projects they’ve worked on.

Clancy & Theys Construction and Davis Kane Architects: Davis Kane led the feasibility study for the bell tower’s completion

Frank L Blum Construction and Williard Stewart Architects: reconstruction of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Greensboro

Holt Brothers Construction and RATIO Architects: renovation of the Reynolds Coliseum

LeChase Construction Services and EYP Architects: Duke University’s Cromwell Quad Residence Hall Renovation

New Atlantic Contracting and Walter Robbs Architecture: Winston Salem’s Union Station Renovation

Smith’s Bell and Clock Service and The PACCARD Foundry: Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis bell installation

It seems like the obvious choice here is Holt Brothers and Ratio Architects, since the Holt Brothers both played football at NC State. We’ll let you know who NC State ends up choosing.


Developers Revise Plans for Apartments Near Broughton

Last summer, we reported that the Ligon Building located across the street from Broughton at 800 St. Mary’s St. would be torn down. A new four-story, 55-unit apartment building from Charlotte-based developer Selwyn Property Group would go in its place. Selwyn purchased the property in March of 2015 for just over $2 million.

Last week, Selwyn filed a brand new site plan for the complex, which has now grown to 129,639 square feet with 61 apartments. There will be two three-bedroom units, forty two-bedroom units, and 19 one-bedroom units. The existing 63-year-old office building will need to be torn down before the apartments can be built. This building houses many dental offices that we assume were frequented by Broughton students. Fortunately, our sponsor Downtown Dental is right down the road and more than happy to take in these students.


Glenwood Place Office and Retail Space

Plans for an 85 foot tall, 120,000 square foot office and retail space at Glenwood Place were unveiled last week. The plans show ground-floor retail, with at least four levels of office space above it.

The building is part of Glenwood Place, a Grubb Ventures project that was first announced more than three years ago. Glenwood Place was to have around 800 dwelling units, 900,000 square feet of office space, a 250-room hotel, and around 110,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. In 2016, the project was scaled back to fit under the property’s current zoning conditions.


Work Begins On Chamberlain Street Apartments

The Chamberlain Street Apartments, located off Hillsborough Street, received permits valued at more than $17 million last week. Wells & Wells Construction will work on a new three-story, 53,410 square foot, 42-unit student apartment building.

There will be three one-bedrooms, 16 two-bedrooms, 14 three-bedrooms and nine “four or more bedroom” units. The site plans for 113 Chamberlain were filed around the same time as plans for a slightly larger complex nearby at 102 Logan Court. It appears that demolition permits have been issued for the existing structure, and that permits for the apartments have been applied for but not issued.

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Wine Bar Coming to The Dillon

Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar, a chain of Spanish tapas eateries, will soon open its first North Carolina location at The Dillon. Permits valued at $807,596 were issued last week to the KBE Building Corporation for the new restaurant at 430 W. Martin Street.

The ZEN Succulent Coming to Wilmington Street

Popular Durham terrarium and plant craft business The ZEN Succulent will soon open a new location in downtown Raleigh. The company announced plans for the new shop at 208 S. Wilmington last week.

The space was formerly home to Moon and Lola, which announced plans in March to close both its Raleigh and Charleston, SC retail locations to focus more on e-commerce. The 1,238 square foot space should be filled with terrariums, plants, and gifts by the end of July.

Kimbap Closing This Weekend

Kimbap, a Korean-inspired restaurant in Seaboard Station, will be closing on Saturday, June 16. We’re sad to see it go, as their food was exceptional. The owners posted the following on Facebook last week.

Dear customers and friends near and far,We are sad to bring you this news today, but the time has come. Kimbap will be…

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Development Beat: Condos Coming to South Street, Tractor Sign Saved, Sky Terrace Opens

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Week of June 4, 2018

Condos planned for South Street

Sky Terrace opens at The Dillon

ITBlake the intern was in The N&O for saving the tractor sign

Davie Street Pub coming soon to former Calavera location

Mixed-use planned near Metropolitan

Wade Avenue Whole Foods set for renovations

Viva Chicken in North Hills opens June 13

Details on Revisn Hotel near Glenwood South

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Condos Coming to South Street

Lambert Development, the group behind the luxury townhomes at West + Lenoir, have filed plans for their latest downtown Raleigh venture: a condominium project at 611 West South Street.

According to a source (the renderings we found on The Raleigh Architecture Company’s website) the South Street Condominiums will be a modernist luxurious living space located in the heart of downtown.

Our source (the plans) notes that the development will consist of two three-story buildings housing a total of 87 units (55 one bedroom, 32 two bedroom). The buildings will sit on a now-vacant 1.76 acre site and comprise a total of 105,084 square feet. 126 parking spaces will be provided.

The lot was previously home to Bennie’s Auto Services, Inc. Lambert acquired the land in early 2016.


Sky-Walking At The Dillon

The Dillon, Kane Realty’s new mixed-use development in the Warehouse District, held a special First Friday event this past weekend to open the Sky Terrace. We obtained this information from a confidential source (see Tweet below).

The Sky Terrace offers stunning panoramic views of downtown Raleigh. While we could not attend the First Friday event, William Needham Finley IV posted pictures from a super exclusive VIP event he attended weeks ago.

5/5 beltline rooftop views at The Dillon. @thedillonraleigh

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Tractor Sign Saved, Thanks To ITBlake the Intern

The iconic tractor (or bulldozer) sign that sat atop the N.C. Equipment Co. building on Hillsborough Street has been saved.

Breaking news: the sign is safe. cc: @n8tastic

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We can all thank ITBlake the intern, who created a social media campaign using #savethesign and handcuffed himself to the sign for weeks in order to prevent it from being demolished. He was even recognized by The News & Observer’s Josh Shaffer in an article last week. Here’s a full story on ITBlake’s hard work.

The N&O Praises Intern For Saving Iconic Sign

Davie Street Drinking at the Palladium

Work is now underway on The Davie Street Pub. Located at the corner of Blount and Davie on the ground floor of the Palladium Plaza condos, the new pub will reportedly open later this summer. We can’t glean much about what the new bar will be like based on the permits.

The $110,946 renovation of the space that once housed Calavera Empanadas will be renovated by local contracting firm Carolina Design & Construction.


Mixed-Use Rises From the Nearby Ashes

Photo: Brian James Patrick Oschwald

Six months after a devastating fire — causes still unknown — destroyed the in-progress Metropolitan Apartments in downtown Raleigh, Banner Development began rebuilding the complex from the ground up.

Many wondered what the future would hold for a 2-acre trio of properties at the corner of Jones and Harrison streets. The properties are currently owned by the NC League of Municipalities, the NC Association of County Commissioners, and the Local Government Federal Credit Union.

A source (The News & Observer) says that the owners joined forces and enlisted the help of national real estate firm CBRE to seek out redevelopment proposals. Those proposals could bring everything from more apartments to a hotel or a new mixed-use project to the corner.

Zoning currently allows for a maximum of 12 stories, but it’s likely this could be changed. Since Banner ignored our suggestion to re-christen The Metropolitan as The Phoenix, it’s our hope that whatever the site may become, the future developers choose to use this brilliant, if obvious, moniker.

Thankfully, Not a Whole Store Renovation

Small changes are in store for the Whole Foods on Wade Avenue. Permits valued around $65,000 were issued to Raleigh’s own Ten Penny Construction for a job described simply as “alterations and repairs.”

We don’t imagine the renovations will be too visible to the public eye. Subcontractor permits list an electrical company, a fire protection company and mechanical and plumbing companies. So it’ll probably involve the building’s sprinkler and mechanical systems. Let’s just hope they’re using organic, BPA-free, non-GMO, fair trade certified, gluten-free building materials.

Viva Chicken Opening June 13 in North Hills

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A new restaurant offering Peruvian-style chicken will soon open in North Hills. Viva Chicken is known for its “pollo a la brasa, a delectable herb-enhanced rotisserie chicken cooked in a charcoal-fired oven imported from Lima, Peru.” One of our sources (an e-mail we received from a PR firm) shared the menu highlights:

  • Rotisserie chicken (served as a quarter, half or whole) marinated for 24 hours with herbs and spices
  • Sides including solterito (Peruvian corn salad), canary beans, cilantro-infused rice, plantains, yuca or sweet potato fries
  • Signature juices such as herbal limeade (lime, basil, rosemary and mint), Maracuya passion fruit juice and the Chicha Morada (Peruvian purple corn, cinnamon, cloves, pineapple, apple and limes) made in-house daily.

Located at 4361 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, the dining room seats 70 and a patio seats 34. They plan to open on June 13 and will be open daily from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Revisn-ist Future: Glenwood South’s New Extended Stay Hotel

We previously reported that plans for the Boylan Flats apartments in Glenwood South had been scrapped in favor of building an extended-stay style hotel to be named Revisn.

One of our sources (the hotel website) seems to indicate the hotel is for guests who need accommodations for 30 days or longer. Another source (a hotel brochure) promises that Revisn will be worlds apart from the competition, offering everything from smartphone control of the space, in-unit laundry machines, and Amazon Echo Dot.

The 48 one and two bedroom units will boast “fully-equipped kitchens with GE appliances, modern, designer furnishings by Yannis (or is it Laurel?), 4K SmartTVs in the living room and each bedroom.”

If this all sounds fancy, it may be due to the fine tastes of Revisn developer Dicky Waila, who was involved in the mythical Soleil Center, which I covered previously.

Soleil was a proposed 43-story hotel/condominium development across from Crabtree Valley Mall that, at 480 feet, would have been the second-tallest building in Raleigh. The Soleil Center actually made it as far as the permit stage in early 2008 before it was scrapped. Fortunately, Revisn is a little further along, and is expected to open in September.

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Development Beat: EXCLUSIVE Poyner YMCA Tour, Mecca Sold, Bakery Coming to Five Points

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Week of May 28, 2018

Super exclusive Poyner YMCA sneak preview

Mecca restaurant bought by Empire Eats

Flake & Crumb Bakery coming near Five Points

PLUS Dueling Piano Bar coming to Glenwood

Vault Craft Beer to open on South Street

IKEA no longer coming to Cary

Brewery planned for motorcycle shop on Atlantic

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It’s Fun To Tour the Poyner YMCA

The James M. Poyner YMCA is almost ready to open its doors. William Needham Finley IV got an exclusive sneak preview of downtown Raleigh’s newest wellness center a few weeks ago.

Located at 227 Fayetteville Street, the 26,000 square foot Poyner Y will feature group fitness classes, small group training opportunities, and state-of-the-art equipment. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on June 21st, but we have photos and highlights from the exclusive tour for media empires (and the other people that the Y invited):

There’s plenty of room for speciality classes

Including hot yoga and Zumba®

hot yoga studio

Their dedicated cycle studio is actually the first true bike share in Raleigh

Group training space

Regional Associate Branch Director Matt Lilley, after bench pressing 900 pounds.

Coffee and snack bar operated by Benelux Coffee

They also have locker rooms with saunas, a meeting room on the first floor for 15-20 people, and much more. Here’s more info on memberships.

Hours of operation:
5:30 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday

As you can see, the space looks great and offers some new features and programming that you won’t find at other YMCA locations. The Rock was invited to join the Poyner Y, but has yet to complete his member registration.

We’ll also check in on the construction progress of the Southeast Raleigh YMCA, a 35,000 square foot facility that is expected to create 190+ part-time and full-time jobs.


Mecca Bought By Empire Eats

Paul and Floye Dombalis

Our city’s oldest restaurant has been sold. The News & Observer reported that the Dombalis family announced the sale of downtown’s Mecca to Greg Hatem and Empire Eats. The Dombalis family had owned the restaurant for over 90 years. Hatem plans to keep the same name, menu, and staff, in order to prevent massive protests from Raleigh residents.


Bakery Coming to Gavin Street In Five Points

A mysterious new bakery by the name of Flake & Crumb will soon open on Gavin Street, not far from Neuse River Brewing Company and Nickelpoint Brewing Company.

Few details are available at this point, but permits valued at $26,000 were issued last week for the upfit of a space at 1515 Gavin St. that described the future tenant as “Flake & Crumb Bakery.”

Our working theory is that the man behind Flake & Crumb is the same person behind Larry’s Coffee, which is also located on Gavin Street. County records indicate the property at 1515 is owned by Larry Larson. Larson just happens to be the Larry behind Larry’s Coffee. We can reasonably infer that Larson is behind this new bakery. If you’d like to nominate us for a  Pulitzer, you can do so here.


PLUS Dueling Piano Bar Coming to Glenwood

PLUS Dueling Piano Bar is coming to Glenwood South. They’ll take over the spot that was once home to Hi-Five and a bunch of other businesses we can’t remember. Located at 510 Glenwood Avenue, they plan to open later this summer in August. Thomas Hester (York Properties, Broughton) represented PLUS in the transaction.

Vaulting Over the Beer Competition

Raleigh’s newest craft beer spot will take over a building formerly used as a bank at 518 W. South Street. Property owners Greg and Laura Kelly acquired the land for just over a half-million dollars a few years ago. The building was constructed in the late 1950s and was designed by architect Fred Carter Williams. According to Vault’s website, this was one of the first drive-thru banks in the area.

Although approvals are still required from the City, the website notes they hope to open in the fall, when “10 of our 18 taps will be dedicated to the craft beers of North Carolina.” The remaining 8 taps are a mystery for now.


IKEA Cary Falls Apart

What we assume the Cary IKEA would have looked like

Cary’s dreams of welcoming the region’s first IKEA crumbled faster than a piece of particleboard furniture left out in the rain. Citizens mourned last week’s announcement that the Swedish furniture store would not be coming to the Cary Towne Center mall.

Shock spread from the feeds of Facebook to the tunnels of Twitter after the announcement was made. We are now referring to the event as “Blue Wednesday.” The hardest hit by the news had to be the owners of Cary Towne Center, who pretty much based an entire redevelopment plan of the center around the IKEA anchor.

IKEA claimed to be “re-evaluating current expansion plans” and indicated they were shifting away from suburban locations to thriving downtowns. We’re pretty sure IKEA got wind of Cary’s strict ordinances that would require their iconic blue facade to be painted beige.

We’re not sure what will happen to Cary Towne Center at this point. If they can’t land a big name tenant (think Circuit City, the Limited, Journeys Shoes, etc.), they may soon make an appearance in Dan Bell’s YouTube series on the topic of abandoned malls.

Brewery Planned For Former Motorcycle Shop

One of our loyal readers posed an interesting question: Now that the beloved Twin Specialties motorcycle shop off Atlantic Avenue has closed, was it true that a brewery would be opening in its place?

Given that Twin Specialties shared a building with the popular bar/restaurant Scooters, adding a brewery to the space seemed to make sense. We did some journalism and used a telephone to get in contact with Joe G., the former head technician at Twin Specialities. He confirmed that Twin Specialties owner Joe S., who decided to retire and close shop, had leased the space to a brewery. No further details were available.

Joe G. announced he would be opening a brand-new shop, All In Motorcycles, at 3208 Wellington Court.

Development Beat: Cantina Coming to Five Points, Chipotle Coming to North Hills, Trophy Expansion

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Development Beat: Cantina Coming to Five Points, Chipotle Coming to North Hills, Trophy Expansion

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Week of May 21, 2018

Lola’s Cantina in Five Points

Chipotle coming to North Hills

Orvis grand opening at Ridgewood

Demolition set for old NC Equipment Co. building

Peace Street hotel finally approved

Trophy expanding their Morgan Street location

Work underway on The Dillon’s Urban Outfitters

Metropolitan apartments receives pool permits

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EXCLUSIVE: Lola’s Cantina Coming To Five Points

We covered the news of Lola’s coming to Five Points in an article last year and didn’t have many details on what exactly it would be. We aren’t even sure if it’s called “Lola’s Cantina” or just “Lola’s.” William Needham Finley IV decided to investigate by taking a picture on his way to a power meeting at Third Place last week.

As you can see from these exclusive images, we can now deduce that this establishment will be serving beer, margaritas, and cocktails.

We were also able to uncover that they will serve street tacos, burritos, and nachos.

We’re not sure of an exact opening date, but the landlord of the space said it should be ready towards the end of June/beginning of July. This should be a hit with the Five Points neighborhood.


Chipotle Coming to North Hills

Kane Realty Corporation announced that Chipotle will be opening in the Lassiter District (between Verizon and Panera Bread) in the fall of 2018. The North Hills location will be their sixth restaurant in Raleigh.


Dads Already Fly Fishing In Orvis Parking Lot

Photo: Zach Hearon

When we first reported that the beloved Tripps restaurant at Ridgewood Shopping Center would become Raleigh’s second Orvis location, we joked that fly fishing fans would be camped out in YETI cooler igloos waiting for the grand opening.

It turns out we weren’t that far off the mark.

Orvis, which has offered “Quality Clothing, Fly-Fishing Gear, & More” since 1856, currently operates a location at the Triangle Town Center Mall. The new location, designed by our friends at New City Design Group,  celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, and already appears to be a hit among Raleigh’s fly fishing fans.


Demolition Set For Old NC Equipment Co. Building

Demolition permits have been issued for the old North Carolina Equipment Company building, a property best known for the iconic tractor sign resting on its roof. Taking its place at 3101 Hillsborough Street will be The Standard, a 5-story student apartment complex and 452-space parking deck.

As part of the 2017 rezoning request, a condition was offered by developer Landmark Properties that ensured they would do everything they could to preserve the iconic sign. We’re pretty sure ITBlake the intern’s protest contributed to this decision.

“The tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted,” the rezoning application stated, although it should be noted there is not a 100% guarantee this will happen. Landmark Urban Construction Raleigh will handle the demolition.

Peace Be With You, And Also With Hotels Featuring Rooftop Amenities

After weeks of discussion, City Council finally bestowed its blessing upon the long-delayed boutique hotel at 615 W Peace Street, located between the Peace Street McDonald’s and Starbucks.

The approval of the case allows the developers to create an unenclosed deck, patio, or shade structure on the top of the building that can extend 12 feet above the maximum height limit.

Developer MJM Group, which specializes in hospitality projects, is in discussions to select a boutique brand to manage the hotel. The 40-45 room hotel is expected to open in 2020.


Trophy Expanding Morgan Street Location


Our friends at Trophy Brewing are expanding their Morgan Street location. Known for producing the best beer (Trophy Wife) and the second best beer (Cloud Surfer) in America, Trophy has operated in their 827 W. Morgan Street location since 2012. Part of that building has been occupied by a laundromat and convenience store for decades.

Trophy will expand into that space and also add more outdoor seating. Construction should start in late fall and finish in summer or fall of 2019. We were planning on making the announcement in a sit down 20/20 style interview between ITBlake the intern and Trophy owners David Meeker, Chris Powers, and Woody Lockwood. However, ITBlake isn’t old enough to interview breweries yet. For more details, check out the N&O’s story.

Urban Outfitting The Dillon

Permits have been issued for the Urban Outfitters that will be located in The Dillon. Our friends over at August Construction Solutions, known for their work in transforming a large portion of North West Street into sleek, stylish office spaces, will be overseeing the Urban Outfitters fit-out.

Although ACS has done many retail projects across the country — it’s their bread & butter — owner Michael Iovino told us he’s especially excited about the chance to work on such a key project in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

“This is the first time since our inception that one of our national clients has built a location in Raleigh. We are excited to showcase our abilities. The Dillon is a high profile project and UO is a likewise tenant. The opportunity to work with Kane Realty Corp. to prove there is a local asset with such a national reach so close to The Dillon, Peace and North Hills amplifies the magnitude of this Urban project for ACS” said Iovino.

Work on Urban Outfitters is expected to wrap up by the middle of August, and is currently scheduled to open to the public on August 23.

ITBlake Flips A House

Metropolitan Pool Party

Captured by photographer Brian James Patrick Oschwald.

It was never determined what started the fire that destroyed the Metropolitan apartments that were under construction near Glenwood South. The 241-unit luxury apartment building was set to open in the fall of 2017. The fire, of course, delayed those plans. ITB Insider’s exclusive on-the-scene coverage was Pulitzer-worthy and saved at least one life. You’re welcome.

In November 2017, a set of permits for the rebuilding of The Metropolitan were issued to Clancy & Theys, who will serve as general contractor. Last week, permits were issued for the apartment’s fancy new pool, whose construction cost was estimated at just under $400,000.

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Development Beat: Roundabout Condos Coming to Hillsborough Street, For Real

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Luxury condos coming to Hillsborough Street

Historic house holds up Fairweather condos

Potential buyer looks to restore Gables Motor Lodge

New bar planned for Glenwood South

Lumina Clothing closes

La Stella on Hillsborough Street is La Gone

Peking Duck & Dumplings replaces Pho Vietnam on Hillsborough Street

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Luxury Roundabout Condos On Hillsborough Street

Hillsborough Street is no stranger to new housing projects. The last few years have seen a wave of development, mostly in the form of luxury student housing featuring ground-floor retail.

Last week, the developers of The Paramount and the Aloft hotel unveiled plans for a different kind of Hillsborough housing project: a five-story luxury condominium building dubbed “The View on Pullen Circle.”

The 35-unit condo building will be situated at the roundabout connecting Hillsborough and Pullen, offering views of the NC State bell tower, the Gregg Museum of Art and the Aloft Hotel.

William Needham Finley IV is talking with his attorney Stacy Miller of Miller Law Group, to determine if the developers infringed upon the Five Points roundabout apartment complex concept that he unveiled in 2016. This could potentially reach the Supreme Court.

The one and two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 900 to 1,300 square feet, will start in the upper $300s. Development partner Mark Andrews noted in the press release we were sent that, “The View on Pullen Circle offers residents a remarkable location and upscale features.” Those upscale features include a rooftop terrace and deck, along with parking and bike storage underneath the building.

Work on the property will be overseen by the South Atlantic Construction Company, and is expected to begin later this year with a completion date of late 2019 or early 2020.


Move House, Get Out The Way

When we first reported on plans for The Fairweather, a new five-story luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and proximity to Dix Park, we noted that its construction would require the teardown of a warehouse and two single-family homes. One of those buildings, at least, has now been saved from the wrecking ball.

Last week, it was announced that one of those homes, known as “The Rogers House” will be relocated across town by well-known historic home saver and walking proponent, Matt Tomasulo (aka Mike Tomatosoupasaurus).

It seems that “historic” is a bit of a tricky term when it comes to describing the 87-year old, 1,188 square-foot house currently sitting on the lot at 517 S West Street. Its age alone seems to qualify it, but it technically isn’t considered an “official” historic house.

A letter from the State Historic Preservation Office dated March 18, 2013, lists the home as falling under the “Old Fourth Ward Historic District,” although it was determined that the district was not eligible for listing in the National Register. Apparently, “this area lacked sufficient integrity, primarily as a result of numerous demolitions over the years.”

The home will be moved to the corner of Hargett and Bloodworth, not far from where Tomasulo’s other historic home relocation project, Guest House Raleigh, ended up.

Once it’s moved and the other home at 523 S West and the Motor Parts Warehouse fronting Harrington are demolished, work will begin on The Fairweather.


Renewal of Raleigh’s Gables

In the first ever edition of the Development Beat, we reported on a plan to sell the iconic Gables Motor Lodge. After much speculation (Mordecai Outraged Over Rumored Buyers of Iconic Property) that included a Dave & Buster’s, a Wahlberg-themed Food Hall, and a Big Lots, it looks like the property has finally found a buyer with a plan worthy of the space.

A group of buyers, including musician Tift Merritt and hotel developer Daniel Robinson, have plans to redevelop and expand the property. Representatives from Gables Lodge LLC appeared before the Mordecai Citizens Advisory Council last week to unveil their plans, which include adding a pair of two-story buildings, bookmarking the existing lodge and bringing the total number of rooms to 19. In addition, the group is looking into the possibility of adding a water feature, and fencing around the property line.

The developers noted that they want to make something that “pays tribute to Mordecai,” and in so doing, will do everything they can to ensure the iconic sign out front would be incorporated into the project.

New Bar on Glenwood South

The one-time home of the David Wade Salon and, more recently, Feelgoodz fair-trade footwear, will soon be transformed into a two-story bar/nightclub.

Site plans for the building at 612 Glenwood indicate the space will be developed by the Bunch of Fives Hospitality Co. The plan for the structure is to add a second story “for bar area” as well as an “addition of 789 SF outdoor bar area with improved site area at rear.”

The preliminary sketches make it look as though there will be outdoor seating in the front of the building, with an outdoor bar and metal staircase out back. We don’t know when this new bar will open, or even what it’s going to be called.


Lumina Clothing Company to Close

Lumina Clothing Company, a staple of the North Person Street district, will be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.

The company announced last week its plans to close their flagship location, located at 215 E Franklin Street. The store will be holding sales through the end of the month, and a closing party will be held before the store shuts down for good as a way of thanking all of those who “helped make [Lumina] such a vibrant part of the community.”

0 For 2: Second Restaurant in Former Hillsborough Street Bookstore Closes

It seems like only yesterday we were reporting on the permits issued to our friends over at Rufty-Peedin Design Builders to transform the former Hillsborough Street Bookstore into the stylish, if short-lived, H-Street Kitchen.

In the time since, H-Street has come and gone, replaced — briefly — by a second location of La Stella Wood Fired Kitchen, which still operates out of a space on Fayetteville Street. On Friday of last week, La Stella announced they would relocating their Hillsborough Street location to a space on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.

A Defeated Pho on Hillsborough

Speaking of short-lived Hillsborough Street haunts, just two years after permits were issued for Pho Vietnam on the ground floor of 2811 Hillsborough, a brand-new restaurant, Peking Duck & Dumpling, has opened in its place.

The restaurant, whose motto is “We believe good times deserve great food,” offers diners everything from roast duck to spicy pork ear. Credit to Triangle Food Blog for bringing this to our attention, and credit to Philadelphia’s Chinatown for helping us appreciate how delicious duck can be.

Development Beat: Pizza Coming to Dock 1053, More Apartments On Glenwood

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Pizza restaurant coming to Dock 1053

Sterling Glenwood (formerly the Beckanna) apartments set for expansion

Progress on McNeill Pointe shopping center

Neon art coming to Dix Park

Wahlburgers finally opened downtown

Construction commences for 22-story FNB Tower

Raleigh’s newest Dog Park opens

Soft opening for Seoul 116

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Lynnwood Bringing Pizza Place to Dock 1053


Lynnwood Brewing Concern, which operates a grill and taproom in North Raleigh and a brewery and bar at Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, will soon add a new restaurant to Dock 1053.

Wilson’s, named after Lynnwood’s owner’s dog, will focus on “flatbread pizzas and crafted sandwiches” and will feature “several house-made sodas & mixers” in their craft cocktails. Check out the full article from Broughton alumnus Hart Roberts. Wilson’s is set to open in late August.

More Apartments Planned on Glenwood Near 440

Grubb Properties is planning to expand the Sterling Glenwood apartment complex, formerly known as the Beckanna, from 254 units to 493 units. The property, which Grubb purchased in 2013, is located directly across the street from the recently opened 296-unit Sojourn Glenwood luxury apartment complex owned by Grubb Ventures. Grubb Ventures is owned by Gordon Grubb and based in Raleigh, while Grubb Properties is owned by Gordon’s brother Clay Grubb and based in Charlotte. We can reasonably deduct that this apartment expansion is the product of an intense sibling rivalry.

Site plans were filed by Grubb Properties indicating plans to renovate the two existing apartment towers at Sterling, which were originally built in 1964. They also plan to add two new apartment towers and a parking deck to the site.

The new buildings will stand 128 feet tall and appear to be about 10 stories tall. No word on when construction might begin.


Progress On McNeill Pointe

Once home to the Ham ‘N’ Egger diner, which later became the Oak City Diner before being torn down in 2008, McNeill Pointe is now under construction just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant. When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four buildings and over 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses.

Work has begun on the first round of tenants, House of Hops and The Simple Greek. This is the second location for Raleigh’s House of Hops craft beer retail store, which has been serving a variety of beers since July 2014. The Simple Greek is the brainchild of Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC reality show “The Profit” and promises “real Greek food made with fresh, healthy ingredients using authentic family recipes.”

This is a real billboard promoting The Profit television show. This is not photoshopped.

The $7 million project is getting built out by the Raleigh-based Centre Construction Group, although Triangle Enterprises out of Cary is listed as the contractor for the House of Hops build out.

Neon Art Coming to Dix Park

Dix Park will soon play host to “Light the Woods with Sound,” an interactive public art installation from Raleigh visual and neon artist Nate Sheaffer. The installation will be displayed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from May 11 to May 27. The event is free but they ask that you register in advance.

More about the installation:

“Sheaffer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound.”

Sheaffer owns and operates Glas, a teaching facility/gallery/art factory/studio, and has over 30 years of glass blowing experience. “Light and music appeal to us on primitive levels, reaching into the core of our minds’ response to the world around us. For me, music, light, and art are inseparable, essential.”

This project is made possible by the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, the Office of Raleigh Arts, and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Partners for this public art project include Glas Neon, Optic Artworks, and Emily Alexander.


Wahlburgers Opened

After what felt like years of anticipation, Raleigh’s first location of the celebrity-chain burger joint Wahlburgers opened on Fayetteville Street last week. The restaurant offers a “upscale fast-casual” burger menu, which we imagine falls somewhere between Five Guys and Chuck’s.

The burgers will all feature “Wahl Sauce” — a blend of ketchup, mayo, pureed caramelized onions, pickles and other spices. The restaurant’s biggest draw has to be the chance to spot Donnie or have Mark rap “Good Vibrations” while bringing out your order.

According to the News & Observer, the most famous brothers have yet to visit the Myrtle Beach, S.C. location, which opened a year and a half ago (can you really blame them?). We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the Wahlbergs.

22-Story FNB Tower Breaks Ground In DTR

The new 22-story FNB Tower on Fayetteville Street broke ground last week. Located next to the building that houses Stacy Miller’s office and Miller Law Group, the tower will have 239 residential units spread throughout 13 stories, six stories of commercial office space, and two floors of amenities/tenant storage space.

Developed by Dominion Realty Partners, the building will serve as the regional headquarters for First National Bank. Choate Construction, which is based out of Atlanta but operates a regional Raleigh office, is overseeing construction on the $116 million project. For more on the project, check out the video.

The Dog Days of Spring

Birdie, so fresh and so clean. @golden_girl_birdie

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Pet owners, rejoice: your dogged search for a new place to cajole with your canine friends has come to an end. Raleigh’s newest dog park officially opened this past weekend.

Grand opening ceremonies for the new Buffaloe Road Dog Park were held on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1.5-acre park is located next to the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center at 5908 Buffaloe Rd and features two separate areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. The fenced-in off-leash area also offers multiple entry gates, dog waste stations, a drinking water pad, and shade for you and your pets. Sounds like a howling good time!

A Soft Seoul 116

Less than two months after work began on their space at 116 N. West Street, City Market Sushi’s sister restaurant Seoul 116 held a soft opening in a space that was once home to the famed Blue Martini.

Our friends over at NC Triangle Dining were on hand for the opening, and shared some of Seoul 116’s succulent dishes on Twitter.


Development Beat: A More Perfect Union Station

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Week of April 30, 2018

Dedication ceremony held for Union Station

Oberlin Road closed near White Memorial

Event: Wine & Food Evening supporting Dress for Success Triangle

Buku will remain downtown

Work begins on self-serve beer spot on Glenwood

Heirloom Brewshop underway at The Dillon

Council may or may not decide on Peace Street Hotel

Land near Moore Square to be redeveloped

Stough Elementary will be torn down, rebuilt

City Council to hear more on Sir Walter Apartments


A More Perfect Union Station

A dedication ceremony was held on Monday for Raleigh’s Union Station, the brand-new, $111 million multimodal transportation center. The station is expected to open to the public in mid-May, with Amtrak service starting in June.

The event was held to honor the partners that helped bring this facility to life. Among those partners were our friends over at York Properties, who were selected last year to manage the station’s three stories of commercial and office spaces.

John Koonce ( – 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace ( – 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York is also handling the management and will coordinate the event space leasing.

The ceremony was held at the site of the new station at 510 W. Martin Street. Mayor Nancy McFarlane was one of many government officials to speak. According to McFarlane,

“Union Station is a great addition to Downtown Raleigh that will meet the city’s needs for years to come, both as a hub of transportation and a center of activity in the community. The event hall, plaza, and other public spaces are truly beautiful, and unique. They will make the station a destination of choice for residents and visitors alike.”

Guests in attendance shared some great pictures.

Oberlin Road Closed Near White Memorial

White Memorial Presbyterian Church posted the following to their Facebook page on Monday: “The City of Raleigh has informed us that a portion of Oberlin Road will be closed for water and sewer work from April 30-May 11. It will be closed from Fairview to Davis and we anticipate significant impact. Please plan accordingly for church activities.”


Event: Wine & Food Evening Supporting Dress for Success Triangle

A wine and food evening in support of Dress for Success Triangle will be held on May 12. This one-time experience features a mini-3 course food and wine pairing menu and dessert display, auction items, and raffle prizes.

The event will be held at Lucarne – 309 Blake St. (not to be confused with ITBlake Street) with food created by Tyson Detzler – Chef De’ Cuisine at Royale. There are two limited seatings (25 guests): 5:30-7:00pm OR 8:00-9:30pm. Tickets are $85 per person and can be purchased here.

Buku Will Remain Downtown

Buku, a popular — and delicious — global street food restaurant that has been operating out of the Red Hat Tower on South Wilmington Street since 2010 recently announced that their lease has been extended through January. The restaurant, which recently opened a second location in Wake Forest, is now looking for a new downtown spot to call home.


Tapworks Coming to Glenwood South

A self-serve beer shop is coming to Glenwood South this summer. Featuring 50 taps, Tapworks will open in the ground floor of 222 Glenwood. Morris Construction Company out of Garner received a permit valued at $134,021 for the fit-out of a 1,815 square foot space.

Work begins on Heirloom Brewshop at The Dillon

Over at The Dillon, Heirloom Brewshop, offering premium coffee, tea, sake, and an Asian-inspired food menu, is making progress. They recently took to Instagram to show off progress of the space.

A Peaceful Resolution?

A zoning case for a new boutique hotel on Peace Street between the Starbucks and the McDonald’s could finally be decided by Council today, nearly a month after the public hearing for it was first opened. 

The case, Z-17-17, was most recently before Council on April 17, where the primary focus was clarifying what, exactly, constitutes a rooftop amenity.

Essentially, the developers would be able to create an unenclosed deck, patio, or shade structure on the top of the building that can extend 12 feet above the maximum height limit. According to a memo prepared by staff, “There is no limit on the size, or footprint, of the element. It would be possible to construct an unenclosed deck, patio or shade structure that covers 100% of the roof area.” 

Whether a decision on the case will be made today remains to be seen, but we think it’s been long enough.

A Sale on South Blount

Two properties near Moore Square were recently sold for $3.5 million. Situated at 415 S. Blount Street and 422 South Person Street, the 1.33 acres of land is currently being used as a private parking lot. A 4,235 square-foot, one-story metal building currently sits on the otherwise vacant land.

The property has been owned since the 1960s by various members and trusts representing members of the Sanders family. The pair of parcels that were recently sold were once used as a service garage for the nearby Sanders Ford dealership that was located at 329 S. Blount. Before Sanders, the property was home to Nash Motor Sales.

Although no development plans have been announced or filed for the site, the land is currently zoned DX-7, or Downtown Mixed Use, with a height cap of seven stories of office or residential development with ground floor retail.

Elementary, My Dear Stough

Site plans have been filed for the demolition and complete rebuilding of Stough Elementary School on Edwards Mill Road. The new two-story building will be about 133,000 square feet and offer 122 parking spots. Stough is currently housed in three one-story buildings totaling nearly 70,00 square feet. The oldest was built in 1967; the newest in 2003. Stough Elementary will relocate in the 2019-20 school year to a new elementary school, E-24, being built on 12004 Strickland Road in Raleigh.

Sir Walter’s Request

City Council today will hear more on Capital Realty Group’s plans to acquire and rehabilitate the historic Sir Walter Apartments at 400 Fayetteville Street.

Capital Realty Group is requesting up to $3 million in City funds for their redevelopment of the building, which serves low-income elderly individuals and couples over age 62.

The real estate firm would spend a total of $39 million acquiring and developing the property, resulting in 36 efficiency units, 114 one-bedrooms and seven two-bedrooms. All 157 units will be targeted to individuals at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income.

There are currently only 140 rental units available at the Sir Walter. Capital Realty is seeking to renovate the top floor to add an additional 18 units, one of which will be used for an on-site manager.

According to a memo prepared by City staff, which recommends Council commits up to $3M to the project, rents will not increase for the tenants, and they will continue to pay 30 percent of their income toward rent.

Development Beat: Luxury Student Housing Planned for NC State Tailgating Lots

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Week of April 23, 2018

Luxury student housing planned for NC State tailgating lots

Crunch Fitness coming to Cameron Village

Oberlin Rising dedication

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park and fundraiser event

Casa Providencia Opens, Heart’s Cry Hiring Development Director

Nest Fine Gifts & Interiors Coming to Cameron Village


Luxury Student Housing Coming to NC State’s Trinity and TX Lots

North Carolina State University announced last week that the Trinity and TX parking lots on Trinity Road are under contract for sale. The two lots, renowned for their popular tailgating festivities, will not be available for the 2018 football season, which is only 130 days away. The lots held a combined total of about 1,500 cars.

A preliminary site plan was filed on January 16, 2018 for Station At Raleigh, a 3-story apartment complex of 174 units (12 one bedroom, 4 three bedroom, and 158 four bedroom) located in 21 buildings, and accompanied by 729 parking spots. The contact information on the plans shows that the applicant works for Landmark Properties, a Georgia real estate firm whose website notes they are the “nation’s top developer of student housing….2 years running.”

While looking through the preliminary plans, we noticed that the name Station At Alafaya, located in Seminole County, Florida, was referenced in the exterior elevations section. It’s not uncommon for developers to reuse plans from previous projects, so we looked into The Station At Alafaya. Their website states the apartment complex is “an exclusive society for Alafaya’s trendiest inhabitants. You aren’t a resident, but rather a member of the most elite community in Alafaya.” Their long list of amenities includes a gaming lounge, golf simulator, resort-style pool, outdoor terrace, fitness facility, meeting rooms, a clubhouse, and… printing!

If the Station At Raleigh is based on the plans for the Station At Alafaya, expect similar amenities. An Instagram video from The Station At Alafaya shows that the apartment complex is basically a resort.

So, pending the deal closing within the next few months, this is what’s replacing decades of NC State tailgating. We’re sure NC State fans who have graduated will not be pleased at this news, while prospective students are salivating over living in luxury just a few football fields away from NC State’s Carter-Finley stadium. We’ll keep you updated on the progress.


Crunch Fitness Coming to Cameron Village

The former home of Kerr Drug, Eckerd, and Rite-Aid in Cameron Village will soon be occupied by Crunch Fitness, a gym that emphasizes a “No Judgements” mantra. The company has been around for nearly 30 years and has over 225 locations. Our friends at New City Design are involved in the project, so we’re sure the free weights and elliptical machines will be perfectly level. Putting this gym right next to Chick-fil-A and around the corner from Rise is a pretty genius move.


Oberlin Rising Dedication

The dedication ceremony for the Oberlin Rising sculpture and park was held over the weekend. Smedes York, Thomas Sayre, Howard Craft, Reverend Barry Young, Mable Patterson and Art Ross presented opening comments at the ceremony. The project is a monument to the community on Oberlin that was started in 1870s by freed slaves following the Civil War.

Progress on Seaboard Wine at High Park And A Fundraiser

You may recall our exclusive story on Seaboard Wine’s plans to move from Seaboard Station to High Park earlier this month. Last week, Seaboard Wine shared some progress updates on their new space.

We offered to send ITBlake the Builder over to help. Then we remembered he’s not allowed near heavy machinery, or any construction equipment at all, after “the incident.” We do not expect this to cause any delays.

Seaboard Wine will be throwing their last fundraiser event ever in the Seaboard location this Wednesday, April 25th. Sample wines from around the world with light hors d’oeuvres, plus enter the raffle to win a bottle of your favorite wine poured at this fundraiser for MS. 50% of the ticket price and 20% of the wine sales will be donated to find a cure for multiple sclerosis. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 919-831-0850 for reservations. Donations can be made here


Casa Providencia Opens, Heart’s Cry Looking for Development Director

While this development won’t shut down any roads or prevent you from making it to brunch, we think it’s still worth covering. Last year, we wrote about Misty and Matt Hedspeth, the Raleigh couple that moved to Panama to save orphans. Congratulations are in order for the Hedspeths and their team at Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry, who have been working for years to open Panama’s first, and only, special-needs orphanage. Casa Providencia, a special-needs home and therapy center, opened in March and is now caring for their first group of children.

Now that Casa Providencia is open, Heart’s Cry is hiring a Development Director. This person will find and meet with new potential supporters, create and implement a growth strategy plan, and coordinate between the Board of Directors and staff. Here’s more information on the position. We’ll have a more in-depth article on this next week. Donations to Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry can be made here.

Nesting at Cameron Village

Home furnishings boutique Nest Fine Gifts and Interiors is coming to Cameron Village. They’ll be moving into the space that is currently home to Ann Taylor.

First opened in Wilmington, North Carolina, the store describes itself as a “premier provider of interior design and decorating services” that offers furniture, accessories, and gifts. T.L. Stewart Builders out of Sanford will be handling the $200,000+ renovation of the 4,212 square foot space.


Apex Outfitter moving into DECO’s old space
The upscale “action sports retailer” Apex Outfitter will be moving into DECO’s old space at 19 W. Hargett Street, following DECO’s move around the corner in fall of 2018.

South Moon Under opens at North Hills
South Moon Under, a “leading fashion e-commerce and brick and mortar retailer, offering women’s and men’s clothing, swimwear, accessories and gifts,” celebrated its grand opening this weekend at North Hills in a space next to Ruth’s Chris.

Cold Off the Press opens on South Street
A new smoothie and juice bar that previously operated out of a space at 219 Fayetteville Street has opened on South Street.

Nancy’s Pizza opens in North Raleigh
A deep dish pizza restaurant whose Raleigh debut we first reported on in September 2017, opened its doors this past month. The restaurant chain traces its roots back to 1971, when “Italian immigrants, Nancy and Rocco Palese, opened their first pizza parlor, Guy’s Pizza, in Chicago.” Guy’s eventually began serving “stuffed pizza,” a variation on a recipe for an Easter specialty cake known as scarciedda. Stuffed pizza is unlike most “deep-dish” variations found outside of Chicago in that the sauce is served on top of a layer of cheese and toppings, all of which rest on two layers of crust. It is, essentially, a pizza pie.

Development Beat: Alamo Drafthouse Preview, Southeast Raleigh YMCA Breaks Ground

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Week of April 16, 2018

Alamo Drafthouse preview

Southeast Raleigh YMCA and elementary school breaks ground

Dedication at Oberlin Rising on April 21st

The Dillon gets a parking deck and art

Time Warp is on April 21st

Chris Combs Classic on April 21st

Standard Foods closes

PBX® 5 Year Anniversary

Midtown Yoga Opens

Lidl Purchases Additional Land in North Raleigh

Alamo Drafthouse Preview

The much-anticipated Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will open on April 26th. Located on New Bern Avenue in the Longview Shopping Center, this is the first Alamo Drafthouse in North Carolina. Featuring 11 screens, a full kitchen and bar, and Video Vortex (the largest VHS and DVD rental collection on the East Coast) this is much more than just a movie theater.

The menu blows the standard $7 box of Milk Duds and $12 bucket of popcorn right out of the water. Starters range from fried pickles to loaded cheese fries, and yes, avocado toast. With vegan options, sandwiches, pizzas, brunch (served all day, every day), cookies, milkshakes and more, this is a legitimate restaurant that just happens to be inside of a movie theater. Guests can order from the menu at any time during the movie and have their food brought to them inside the theater.

They’ve got a ton of beers on tap, including 27 from North Carolina breweries, with another 8 rotating taps to go with an extensive list of bottles and cans. Guests can grab a 32 ounce “Crowler” that can be filled with a draft beer and then sealed. There’s also an impressive cocktail menu, which will include movie-themed drinks from time to time, and wine with plenty of rosé all daaaaay.

During the media preview, which we were invited to, the owners stressed the fact that they are a “community of neighborhood theaters” and do things differently than your normal theater chain. With programming aimed at all demographics (Saturday mornings sometimes feature a cereal bar and show kid-friendly movies/tv shows) and relationships in place with many local groups (Raleigh Little Theatre, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, VAE, and many more) this place should be a big hit.


Southeast Raleigh YMCA Breaks Ground

The home of the Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Southeast Raleigh Elementary School broke ground last week. Located at 1436 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, the 32 acre property will include the joint YMCA and public school, mixed-use housing, and commercial spaces. Southeast Raleigh Promise, an independent nonprofit, will take the lead role in supporting children, families, and neighborhood needs in Southeast Raleigh.

The Southeast Raleigh Promise organization described their goals:

“We envision a site, along the Rock Quarry Road corridor, that has tangible, physical resources including a state-of-the-art YMCA with quality wellness facilities, a pre-K-5 school, safe and affordable housing for families, access to healthy food, and accessible spaces for recreation and play.”

In September 2016, the YMCA announced it hoped to have the school portion of the development — which would be run by Wake County in a joint partnership — open in 2019. The rest of the facility may be ready around the same time.


Oberlin Rising Dedication On April 21st

A dedication for the Oberlin Rising sculpture and park will be held at 11:00 am, this Saturday, April 21st. Located at 801 Oberlin, the sculpture was created by Thomas Sayre and includes work from Howard L. Craft, an African-American poet and playwright, and others. The project is a monument to the community started in the 1870s by freed slaves following the Civil War. The art is on private land and funded by the York Family, who have lived in the nearby area for decades.

David Crabtree recently covered the project and interviewed Smedes York, Joe Holt, and Thomas Sayre about their involvement. It’s a really fascinating look at the history of this area and what went in to the project.

The Art of Parking at The Dillon

The Dillon, Kane Realty’s mixed-use development in the warehouse district, has now opened its 950-space parking deck. The deck will feature fully-automated pay stations, with no cashiers on site. Daily parking will cost $2/hour or $18/day.

While the parking deck is exciting news to many who can never seem to find a parking spot on their way to leveraging synergies at HQ Raleigh, it wasn’t the only new development at The Dillon recently. Some of the artwork commissioned by the developers is now visible to the public. Ashton Smith, friend-of-the-media-empire and owner of her own newsletter empire (Raleigh, over-easy), got a look at some of the new art last week.

Kane Realty issued a press release announcing that several original commissions are set to be installed. Curated in partnership with CAM Raleigh, local and regional artists will be featured in a variety of works. No word on if a 40-foot mural of ITBlake the intern will be commissioned.


Time Warp at the City of Raleigh Museum

Time Warp, Raleigh’s hottest party that has everything, is coming up on April 21st. For more details, check out WNFIV’s write up. The party will raise funds to support the City of Raleigh Museum. Buy tickets here.


2nd Annual Chris Combs Classic On April 21st

The second annual Chris Combs Baseball Classic will be held on April 21st at NC State’s Doak Field. Broughton will play Middle Creek at 12:00 pm and Johnson-Lambe has once again agreed to donate a set of game jerseys to the team that raises the most money. All proceeds go to ALS Awareness in the name of Team Chris Combs. Combs is a Broughton and NC State alum who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. The Walk to Defeat ALS will also be held on Saturday at the Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh. Donations can be made here.

Standard Shutdown

The TBJ has reported that Standard Foods, a restaurant and grocery store that served as a downtown showcase for fresh, farm-to-table ingredients, has shut down. This is not the first time Standard Foods, located at 205 East Franklin Street, shut down. It closed for several months in 2016 before reopening in October. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the food Instagrammers out there.

PBX 5th Anniversary On April 22nd

While this isn’t related to development, we want to wish our friends at PBX® a happy 5th birthday. They’ll be hosting an Outdoor Pop Up Mat Class to celebrate at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 22nd. Please RSVP here for the free event.

Midtown Yoga Opens In North Hills

Midtown Yoga, the locally-owned studio on the ground floor of North Hills’ Park Central Apartments, celebrated its grand opening this past weekend. The Raleigh Construction Company began work on the space back in October of 2017. Midtown Yoga owner Emily Wallace had previously been holding Yoga classes in outdoor spaces at North Hills.

Lidl Buys Up Land in North Raleigh

It’s been nearly a year since we first reported on German grocery chain Lidl’s plans to open a second Raleigh location on Buffaloe Road. Lidl US Operations, LLC recently paid $1,222,881 for the vacant 6.17 acre property located at 4117 Buffaloe Road to the trustee of the Buffaloe family (seriously) who used to own the land. The new store will be about 35,962 square feet in size, and be accompanied by a 180-space parking lot. Lidl opened their first Raleigh location on Wake Forest Road in November 2017.

Development Beat: Krispy Kreme Isn’t Going Anywhere

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Week of April 9, 2018

Krispy Kreme sells for $4.7M, will stay in current location

301 Hillsborough Street sold again

Calavera coming to Tasty 8s spot

Sojourn Glenwood Place apartments now leasing

A taste of Nashville coming to Glenwood South

National landscape conference April 13th

Funguys Brewery announces grand opening date

Durham Distillery expands


Krispy Kreme Isn’t Going Anywhere

Local news outlets did a great job of manufacturing a crisis when they reported that Krispy Kreme sold two parcels of land on N. Person Street for $4.7 million to Broadstone KKD Portfolio LLC. The buyer is a subsidiary of real estate investor Broadstone Real Estate. People flipped out over the news.

William Needham Finley IV took it upon himself to actually call the company and do journalism.

While the answers technically aren’t in the above video, reporters found the lease agreement that indicated Krispy Kreme would remain in that location.

The lease agreement is for 20 years, but those agreements can be terminated or altered, Krispy Kreme could go out of business, the world could end tomorrow, etc. For now, Krispy Kreme is fine. Everyone can calm down.


301 Hillsborough Street Sold

TBJ reported that 301 Hillsborough Street has been sold to a Boston developer (Mark Wahlberg?). The previous owners, the Lundy Group and Hyde Street Holdings, purchased the 1.85 acre property about 3 years ago for a little over $10 million (1.18 acres of that was owned by the City and sold for $6.3 million). They had planned a $160 million development on the property that included a 20-story multifamily tower, a 20-story office tower, 40,000 square feet of retail space, 220,000 square feet of office space, and a 176-room hotel.

The 1.85 acres sold for $17 million to the Fallon Company (Jimmy Fallon?), a Boston developer. The sale spurred an educated discussion about downtown land values on Twitter.

Please contact if you’re interested in purchasing this parking spot. Since yesterday, the price has already increased to $46,021.


Calavera Replacing Tasty 8s

Calavera, an empanadas and tequila bar formerly located at 444 S Blount Street, will replace Tasty 8s on Fayetteville Street. Our friend Dr. Brett Wells (the best dentist in Raleigh), owner of Tasty 8s, recently posted the news to the company website. After three and a half years and nearly a quarter million hot dogs served, Wells decided to close Tasty 8s due to his growing dental business (thanks to all the advertising from ITB Insider, we assume) and partner with Calavera. They hope to open by June.


Glenwood Place Apartments Now Leasing

The 296-unit luxury apartment complex Sojourn Glenwood Place is now open. The complex is also set to include about 10,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

Developer Gordon Grubb unveiled plans for Glenwood Place over three years ago. Located on the northbound side of Glenwood Avenue just inside the beltline, Glenwood Place was to have around 800 dwelling units, 900,000 square feet of office space, a 250-room hotel, and around 110,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space.

The rezoning case never found its way to City Council for approval. Instead, Grubb announced in late 2016 that they would be scaling back to “hundreds” of apartments, 600,000-800,000 square feet of additional office space, 70,000-140,000 square feet of retail, and a new hotel. All of this would be allowed under the property’s current zoning conditions.


Tin Roof Bringing Nashville to Glenwood South

Site plans have been filed for the Tin Roof Restaurant and Bar, which will be located at 300 Glenwood Avenue at the intersection with West Lane. The plans were filed by the owners of Tin Roof, a popular live-music bar in Nashville with about 15 other locations around the country.

The Glenwood property is currently home to a one-story, 4,000 square-foot brick building constructed in 1940 that for years had been home to Clark Art. The Tin Roof in Nashville offers a lunch and dinner menu in addition to serving as a bar/nightlife hotspot with live country music.

National Landscaping Conference

Our close friend the City of Raleigh is co-sponsoring a national landscaping conference, Leading with Landscape, on April 13th. The event takes place at Hunt Library on Centennial, right near the lovely North Shore townhomes we covered a few weeks ago. They will be doing free tours for the public on the weekend, covering “diverse cultural landscapes” including campuses, public parks, African-American heritage areas, Modernist sites, and more. Tours will be led by experts in history and landscape design who will reveal “the rich landscape legacy of North Carolina.” More details here.

Funguys Brewing Opening April 14

If you like mycology-themed pizza joints like Mellow Mushroom, then you’re probably going to love the new Funguys Brewery, which recently announced a grand opening date of April 14. The so-called “start-up microbrewery” will be located off Wake Forest Road near Mami Nora’s at 2408 Paula Street.

Durham Distillery Expands

Durham Distillery will double the size of its distillery operations by expanding into adjacent property at 715 Washington St. (we don’t know where that is). Thanks to strong sales of its Conniption gins and its vodka and liqueurs, the distillery will add 2,369 square feet of space to house new equipment and production facilities. This will allow them to double capacity and expand distribution to Europe. The larger footprint will allow Durham Distillery to install a second still as well as an automated bottling line. Plans for future private event rentals are also in the works.

Development Beat: Seaboard Wine Moving to High Park

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Week of April 2, 2018

Seaboard Wine is moving to High Park

MS Walk on April 7 at PNC

Mordecai Bottle Shop coming to Gateway Plaza

Peace Street hotel up for a vote

Oberlin Road is closed between Clark and Hillsborough Street this week

Bonobos coming to North Hills

Kane Realty buys nearly 7 acres near Union Station

Boylan Flats to become extended stay hotel

Work begins on Capital Boulevard Popeye’s


Seaboard Wine Moving To High Park

Seaboard Wine is moving on up to the Whitaker Mill side of Five Points. They’ll be moving from their current location in Seaboard Station, which has been their home for the last 33 years (21 as Seaboard Wine and 12 years as Simple Pleasures’ Warehouse). Fun fact: Seaboard Wine was the first ever tenant in Seaboard Station.

We consider them the best tenant in Seaboard, and not just because they are a partner and the exclusive retailer of our ITBlessed wine glasses. At first, we thought they were moving because of the rumors that Castle Erotica was buying up Seaboard Station, which Peace recently decided to sell. We reached out to owner Doug Diesing for details.

“We are looking forward to moving into a professionally run retail center with a commitment to locally owned businesses and are excited to be a part of the Five Points, Anderson Heights, Hayes Barton, and North Hills neighborhoods,” said Diesing.

That made sense to us. Knowing nothing about commercial real estate, we can confidently say that this is a smart move. With the Seaboard Station sale up in the air and the massive amount of construction in the area, that location can’t be the best spot for a business over the next 12-18 months.

Seaboard Wine will be located next to Taste in the High Park shopping center on Whitaker Mill Road. They will continue to be a full service wine store with a wide selection from around the world, plus wine and bar accessories, glassware, cocktail mixers, and bitters. Their tasting bar will host wine classes, special events, and will sell wines by the glass. Tentative plans are to move the first week of July and be open by July 9 with the same great staff.


Walk MS Coming Up on April 7 at PNC Arena

Walk MS 2018 will be held at PNC arena on April 7, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. (registration at 7:30 a.m.). The walk has raised $186,771.67 towards their 2018 goal of $400,000 to support critical services and research to help end MS. You do not need to attend in person, you can be a “virtual walker.” No matter how you choose to support the cause, please help with this great event. More information available here.


Mordecai Bottle Shop Coming to Gateway Plaza

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Mordecai Bottle Shop is coming to the Gateway Plaza shopping center. When we first reported on the plans for this shopping center managed by York Properties, no tenant names were available. However, plans indicated a “beer garden” would be included. That beer garden is actually the city’s first combined bottle shop, taproom, and brewery. While the center itself is being designed by Gensler Architects, it was the Raleigh Architecture Company that designed plans for the Mordecai Bottle Shop.

From our super secret sources: Mordecai Bottle Shop is slated to open this summer. Owner Andrew Christenbury, a Chapel Hill native, said, “Mordecai will be a one-stop shop for people who love beer. You can taste the beer we’re making, try craft beers from other local breweries, and pick up a variety of beer to take home.” Christenbury has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and previously served as the head brewer at G2B in Durham.

Mordecai Bottle Shop will offer:

Brewery – they’ll use a two-barrel system to create small batch brews. Christenbury plans to experiment and collaborate with other brewers across the state.

Taproom – an indoor bar will offer Mordecai’s own beer on tap, along with craft beer from a variety of local and regional brewers. It will also sell wine.

Bottle Shop – customers can purchase a variety of craft beers to take home.

The Mordecai space will also have a covered patio and outdoor seating, with a small outdoor stage for local bands and entertainment.

Originally built in 1968, LODEN Properties is revamping the 6.8 acre Gateway Plaza shopping center, which will also include a Food Truck Rodeo, a Makers Mart, a stage area, and more. The $354,967 “reconstruction of an existing space” for the Mordecai Bottle Shop is being handled by JCI Builders, Inc.

Peace Be With You

This week, City Council will hold a public hearing for the rezoning of a lot on West Peace Street in between McDonald’s and Starbucks, where developer MJM Group plans to build a specialty hotel. The property is currently zoned neighborhood mixed-use with a height cap of three stories. MJM Group hopes to see it upzoned to commercial mixed-use with a height cap of four stories. We reported on these plans in July 2017, and have since learned that the hotel would have about 50 rooms and a lounge on the top floor.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the case, despite noting that it was inconsistent with the Future Land Use Map. The Hillsborough Citizens Advisory Council recommended denial by a vote of 28-2, citing major concerns over traffic and the building’s potential height, which would be capped at 68 feet.

Given the massive redevelopment of the surrounding area, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this case get approved, although the surrounding neighbors are clearly not in favor of approval.

All Roads Lead to Closed

Be advised that every road is closed in Raleigh. For the next week, Oberlin Road is closed between Clark and Hillsborough Street due to a waterline replacement project.

From the City of Raleigh’s website: “Beginning April 2, Oberlin Road from Clark Avenue to Hillsborough Street will be closed to through traffic with access for local traffic only. This detour is planned for one week while the 36 inch waterline installation crosses Oberlin and work to tie in with existing waterlines occurs in the intersection of Clark and Oberlin. Local businesses will be open and accessible.” More information is available here.

We offered to send ITBlake the intern to help with the traffic, but the City politely declined.

Bonobos Coming to North Hills

Bonobos, an e-commerce menswear brand, will be opening in the Main District at North Hills this Spring. The store will be located between Fink’s Jewelers and Southern Tide and will be the first Bonobos store in North Carolina. Launched online in 2007, Bonobos is focused on “delivering great fit, excellent customer experience, and a fun approach to menswear.”


Kane Realty Buys 6.8 Acres Near Union Station

TBJ reported on Monday that Kane Realty purchased 6.8 acres of land near Union Station and plans to put a mixed-use development on the property. Located on Cabarrus Street, the property is currently home to office buildings for Clancy & Theys Construction Company and Haven House Services, a non-profit that provides community-based services to at-risk youth and their families in Wake County. No word yet on where the existing tenants will relocate.

Boylan Flats Apartments Will Be An Extended Stay Hotel

Capital Boulevard Cajun

Popeye’s Chicken continues to grow its Raleigh footprint. Final sitework permits were recently issued for its new location at the Starmount Shopping Center on Capital Boulevard. Site plans for the new space were filed back in January of 2017. Since those plans were filed, Popeye’s added another Raleigh restaurant on Western Boulevard, in a space once occupied by Greek Fiesta. We’re not sure when the Capital Boulevard location will be opening, but late summer/early fall is probably a safe bet.

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Development Beat: North Shore Ready For Residents, Union Station Progress

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Week of March 26, 2018

North Shore townhomes now available on Centennial

Slingshot Coffee relocating to South Bloodworth

Union Station progress

Seoul 116 Coming to West Street

lou lou boutique opens at North Hills

Slim’s to upgrade fencing

Mellow Mushroom coming to Brier Creek


North Shore Ready For Move In

Work has finished on another building at North Shore, a new residential townhome community on Centennial Campus that we wrote about last April. The project, developed by White Oak Properties and being sold by The Glenwood Agency, is located next to Lake Raleigh and is near the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and Hunt Library.

Centennial Campus has come a long way in the last 20+ years and it’s nice to see high quality residential development added to the mix of commercial tenants and hotels in the area. North Shore offers several different floor plans, ranging in size from 1,200 to 1,800 square feet.

The new units range from 2 to 3 bedrooms with 2.5 to 3 full baths, large screened in-porches, and a one car garage with a one car parking pad. Master bedrooms have a large walk in closet, en suite bath with dual vanity and tiled shower, and kitchens come with quartz countertops, hardwoods, and stainless appliances. There’s also a new swimming pool on the property, which we assume offers better pH levels than nearby Lake Raleigh.

With all the existing amenities, the location close to downtown Raleigh, the State Farmers Market, Dix Park, and direct greenway access, we can’t imagine these stay on the market that long.


Slingin’ Coffee

Work is now underway on a brand new manufacturing facility for the popular Raleigh based company Slingshot Coffee, which specializes in cold brewed coffees. Slingshot currently operates out of a 5,00 square-foot space on Brookside Drive. Its new facility is a 12,555 square-foot warehouse at 1415 S Bloodworth Street. The $304,832 addition/renovation project is being handled by Ellington Contractors.

Slingshot recently reached a deal with Publix to offer their wares in 300 of its stores. The cold brewed coffee can currently be found at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Target. We imagine their new facility will go a long way to making sure it’ll never go out of stock.

State of the Union Station

Raleigh’s hottest train station will be unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 30th at 9:30 am. The Hogwarts Express is expected to tear through the oversized ribbon while traveling approximately 150 miles per hour to officially open Union Station in downtown Raleigh. Rail service should begin some time in May.

Here are a few updates from our friends at York Properties. Approximately 13,000 square feet of office and retail space is available for lease, including two ground floor/plaza level retail suites at 1,732 and 2,115 sf., a second floor mezzanine office suite available at 6,262 sf., and a third floor retail suite overlooking parking and Martin Street at 2,700 sf. Contact John Koonce at York for more information, and tell him we sent you. We’re trying to win free train passes for life. We’ve also included photos from Ashton Smith, Raleigh’s top tour taker and author of Raleigh, over-easy, the best newsletter in circulation.


West Street Seoul

City Market Sushi will soon open a sister restaurant, Seoul 116, on North West Street near Clouds Brewing. The new Korean restaurant will operate out of the former home of More. Kitchen & Bar (previously home to Blue Martini, RIP) at 116 N. West Street.

Permits were issued for the $252,037 alteration of the 3,717 square-foot space last week. Brookwood Builders, a local company that was also behind the International Breakfast & Burgers spot at 222 Glenwood and Bolt Bistro & Bar on Fayetteville Street, is doing the work.


lou lou For You You

lou lou boutiques, a store that apparently loathes capital letters, celebrated the grand opening of its first Raleigh location at 4120 Main at North Hills. lou lou, not to be confused with lululemon, offers “quality, affordable women’s fashion accessories, jewelry, scarves, bags, & more.” A grand opening celebration held on March 23 offered free gifts to the first 50 customers, which was a let down to their 51st customer, Bonner Gaylord.

Black Fences Can Be Very Slim’ing

The back patio at Slim’s on Wilmington Street will soon get an aesthetic upgrade in the name of public safety, as the owners plan to replace the existing chain-link fence with a new, 8′ tall wrought-iron fence. The new fence will be about three feet taller than the one currently in place, a measure that will “prevent injuries to trespassers attempting to climb over a fence of less height.”

Mellow Out in Brier Creek

A new Mellow Mushroom is one step closer to sprouting, as final sitework permits were issued recently to Bailey, NC-based IB General Contractors. The restaurant will be located at 9600 Brier Creek Parkway, currently an empty lot. As we noted when we first reported on this, Mellow Mushroom’s locations in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill all feel like a natural part of their environment; unique and identifiable as the design is, each restaurant gives off a sense of belonging. We’re curious to see whether that effect can be replicated in a soulless place like Brier Creek, especially on a parcel surrounded by a lot of vacant land, but in the end, all that really matters is that they continue serving up their most excellent pizza. We imagine it could be open by this fall, but no opening date has been announced yet.

Making Animé Real

A unique new shop offering animé, manga, figures and merch, along with live screenings and a virtual reality experience, has opened in the Oak Park Shopping Center off Glenwood Avenue. Animé Paradaisu is located at 5208 Hollyridge Drive in the former home of the Oak Park Tea Room.

Although traditional comic-book stores have suffered in recent years, Paradaisu’s neighbor, Capitol Comics II, has so far remained successful, and I imagine Paradaisu’s unique concept and niche appeal will help it stand out.

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