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Week of November 20, 2017
Boylan Bridge Brewpub to close and “reboot”
CycleBar opens in North Hills
New bar coming to Glenwood South
Renderings released for Urban Outfitters at The Dillon
Artist Thomas Sayre begins Memorial Park at Oberlin Village
Kaiju Bowl & Bao coming soon to East Davie Street
Work begins for octet of restaurants at Morgan Street Food Hall
German Grocer Lidl opens first Raleigh location
Boylan Bridge Brewpub to Close and “Reboot”
The Boylan Bridge Brewpub announced they would close down on November 20th and reopen in mid-January. That’s it. We aren’t covering this anymore. WNFIV said he will move to Brier Creek for a year if it actually reopens in mid-January.
CycleBar Opens in North Hills
CycleBar, a cycling studio with rides tailored to all fitness and experience levels, is opening its newest Raleigh location at Park Central in North Hills. They’re located in what’s being called “Fitness Row” (think Death Row, but for health nuts) a health and fitness “nexus” emerging in the spaces along the Park Central apartments. They’ll be offering nearly 3,200 free rides between November 13 – 26. Visit their site to reserve your spot. We aren’t making this up, ITBlake the intern was even asked to attend. Here’s part of an e-mail they sent us:
“For more information about CycleBar’s exciting new location and Fitness Row, please find the press release below my signature. We would also love to have you or ITBlake in for a free ride so you can recap your experience.”
New Bar Planned for Glenwood South
Site plans were filed last week for Craft Bar, which will be located at 3 Glenwood Avenue on a parcel of land that once housed Eden’s Ultra Lounge, DIVEbar, and the Raleigh Beverage Mart. Based on the name, we imagine the bar will seek to capitalize on the craft beer craze that just won’t die. However, this could actually be a bar where patrons come to work on arts and crafts while drinking speciality cocktails. Time will tell. In order to make way for the new bar, a minor addition will be made to the existing structure that will bring the total size of the 14′ tall building to 3,360 square feet.
Our friends over at August Construction Solutions released renderings of the new Urban Outfitters store they will be building at The Dillon in downtown’s warehouse district.
Although ACS has restored a series of older properties along North West Street, the firm specializes in national retail construction and has worked for retailers around the country, including Urban Outfitters. Last week, ACS also received permits for their latest West Street transformation: The Rainbow building at 911 N. West.
Oberlin Village Memorial
Work is now underway on a new project from artist Thomas Sayre, the man behind the wonderful outdoor Gyre sculpture at the NC Museum of Art. Sayre is crafting a park with a centerpiece sculpture memorializing the Historic Oberlin Village community, established by freed slaves in the 1870s near what is now Cameron Village Shopping Center. The park will be located on private land and funded with private funds from the York Family.
Artist Thomas Sayre supervises the construction of a monument to the freed blacks who lived in Raleigh’s Oberlin Village in the late 1800s & early 1900s. The columns point towards the long neglected cemetery. This is what a monument should look like. No #confederatemonument here pic.twitter.com/IUUAWqizeO
— Jean Mosher (@JeanBeanMosher) November 17, 2017
Work Begins on Kaiju Bowl & Bao
Permits have been issued for Kaiju Bowl & Bao, the latest offering from Ken Yowell. Yowell, who also owns the Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, has said the new restaurant will offer a kind of “Asian chicken wing.”
The new restaurant will be located at 170 East Davie Street in the former home of Dickey’s BBQ and next door to Oak City Meatball. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space is being handled by Carolina Design & Construction.
Eight New Restaurants Begin Construction at Morgan Street Food Hall
Construction is now underway on eight new restaurants at the Morgan Street Food Hall, all of which received minor fit-out permits last week. The restaurants include:
Cousins Maine Lobster – a franchise food truck that offers a variety of lobster-based dishes, including the Maine Lobster Roll, a Connecticut Roll, a Lobster Quesadilla, a Maine Lobster Tail, and more.
Cocoa Forte – a dessert truck operated by husband and wife Freddie and Nicole McIntyre known for its various flavored combinations of Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake with crushed toppings.
Makus Empanadas – an empanada restaurant operated by the Moyano brothers and their lifelong friend Ricky Yofre with an existing Durham location that offers up Argentinian-inspired dishes.
MKG Kitchen – Vietnamese cuisine such as vermicelli bowls, and hearty rice platters.
Iyla’s Southern Kitchen – featuring upscale takes on classic southern cuisine such as chicken & waffle sandwiches, farro and zucchini cakes, and homemade jams and pickles.
Wicked Tacos – with a Raleigh location on Western Boulevard, they’ll continue to offer tacos and “crave-inducing salsas” from their new space.
Hook & Cleaver – the second location of owner Joseph Fasy’s popular restaurant will feature seafood, fresh meats, and prepared foods
Bella Pizza – offering high-quality wood-fired pizzas and seasonal tapas
Lidl Stores Are The Bargain Hunters’ Workshop
Last week, Raleigh’s very first Lidl (lee-dil) location held their grand opening ceremony that offered prizes, games, and special discounts. Initially slated to be the first Lidl in North Carolina, the Raleigh location on Wake Forest Road just outside the beltline (well it’s like 3-4 mins from beltline …) was beat to the punch by a sextet of stores in Greenville, Kinston, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Wilson, and Winston-Salem. Additional stores have been announced in both Raleigh and Cary.
To us, that seems like a lot of stores opening in a pretty short window of time, but I suppose that’s German efficiency for you. Living close by, I had the chance to check it out this weekend, and while Harris Teeter sill reigns supreme when it comes to locally available grocers, Lidl was about a thousand times nicer than I was expecting.
The store was bright, clean and modern, with an aesthetic that seemed more borrowed from Ikea than Aldi’s apparent muse of a third-world bodega. On Sunday night, the lot was packed and seven out of the eleven available registers were open; a delightful ratio rarely seen in today’s cutthroat retail environment. Heck, even the shopping carts were nice. The store’s only real downside is that customers are forced to turn right onto Wake Forest Road when leaving; I live to the left.