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Development Beat: Drive Shack Opens This Week

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Drive Shack opens this week

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/24

Raleigh is trash

Locals Oyster Bar does dinner

Row House opens in SOJO

D.H. Hill entrance reopens after 30 years

Rebuilding City Plaza

More apartments on Hillsborough Street

Other News

Teen Cancer America 2019 Hoop-A-Thon will be August 24th and 25th – register here

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Drive Shack Opens This Week

It’s finally here. Drive Shack plans to open on August 23rd in Raleigh. We’ll finally be able to enjoy the following:

96 Full Service All-Weather Hitting Bays Across 3 Levels
300+ TVs for Game-Watching and Entertainment
Interactive Games & Golf Courses to Play
Grill & Bar Restaurant
Rooftop Terrace Lounge
Retro Arcade Games – including NBA Jam

This is the second location for Drive Shack. They held a sneak preview last Friday, which featured a flyby perfectly timed with “Danger Zone” by Sir Kenny Loggins.

Located at 6901 Play Golf Way near the PNC Arena, their hours are:

Monday – Thursday 10AM – 12AM
Friday 10AM – 2AM
Saturday 9AM – 2AM
Sunday 9AM – 12AM



Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/24

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (8/24) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Neal Thornton with Sour Grapes Distributors will be pouring some refreshing white, rosé and reds from Europe to enjoy during the last blast of summer, including:

Balnea Verdejo 2018; Rueda, Spain
Domaine Moutard-Diligent Aligoté 2018; Burgundy, France
Pullus Pinot Grigio 2018; Štajerska, Slovenia
Routas Rosé 2018; Coteaux Varois en Provence, France
Legado Muñoz Garnacha 2017; La Tierra de Castilla, Spain
Skaramuča Plavac Mali 2016; Pelješac Peninsula, Croatia

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!


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Raleigh Is Trash

In the time it takes for half a gallon of Almond Milk to expire, (less than 3 months) the City of Raleigh installed six high-capacity Molok trash containers in downtown Raleigh and then decided to remove them for no good reason. Raleigh expects it will cost $50,000 to $80,000 to remove and reinstall the Moloks.

The Moloks are partially underground and can hold 20 trash cans worth of trash. They were intended to replace the rows of trash and recycling cans that littered the sidewalks of businesses near the Hargett and Wilmington Street intersection.

The News & Observer and ABC11 reported last week that complaints from local bar and restaurant owners prompted the City to remove the Moloks by August 25.

Solid Waste Services Director Stan Joseph told The N&O, “Some of the concerns, the reasonable concerns, were the optics of where the system is located. I think it is a garbage and recycling underground system so there is always the concern for public health, potential vermin that may be attracted to it. Even smell, though we did look at ways to measure impacts from the system.”

The N&O also reported that “In an email to the Raleigh City Council, city staff wrote they “did not properly notify the adjacent property owner before installing the new system – we regret the error and have apologized.”” Well that’s great.

It turns out that not that many people actually complained about the Moloks. In fact, a petition in favor of the Moloks was started by John Pugh, owner of the nearby House of Swank Clothing. The petition has generated over 1,900 signatures in less than a week.

Other local business owners showed up to this week’s City Council meeting to return their trash cans, showing solidarity with the Moloks. Evelyn Briggs Davis, owner of Briggs Hardware in Downtown Raleigh, and Christine Brenner of Read With Me, A Children’s Book & Art Shop, were thrown out of the city council meeting.

We can’t imagine what business wouldn’t be thrilled to have a trash can with 20x the normal capacity situated 10 feet from their storefront. We’ll see how this plays out, but we have a feeling it’ll be garbage.



Locals Oyster Bar Does Dinner

Photo: Owen Scott Jordan

Locals Oyster Bar at Transfer Company Food Hall has launched their full service dinner menu. In addition to their existing offerings, you can now enjoy seafood dishes on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5pm-10pm. 

The menu focuses on North Carolina-sourced fish and shellfish thanks to a partnership with Locals Seafood. Everything they serve is given a 23andMe DNA test to ensure that it comes from North Carolina.

Along with an expansive oyster and raw bar, they also offer blue crab tomato pie, littleneck clams with tuna chorizo, and grilled whole vermilion snapper. Dishes will change as seafood availability fluctuates with the seasons.

A rotating selection of cocktails, wine, and craft beer is curated by Locals’ team of veteran bartenders. Reservations are recommended and can be booked through Resy


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Row House Opens At SOJO

A new rowing-machine-focused exercise studio aimed at downtown canal advocates has opened at SOJO.

Located at 1101 Mercantile Drive, Row House offers six different types of classes. After watching the videos, this is basically like a spin class but on a rowing machine.



D.H. Hill Entrance Reopens

The D.H. Hill Library at NC State held its official grand opening over the summer for a Hillsborough Street entrance that had shut down nearly 30 years ago.

This new entrance includes new doors, a secure entrance, and enhanced landscaping. The old Hillsborough Street entrance was closed in 1990 in part to minimize disruption of library patrons by people taking a shortcut to the Brickyard exit. Now that the library has more space to work and study, it is believed these lazy short-cutters will act as less of a disruption than in the past.

The Brickyard entrance has now closed due to construction, and the Hillsborough Street entrance is the only public entrance/exit.

Rebuilding City Plaza

Raleigh is seeking a contractor to renovate City Plaza. Located on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street, City Plaza has for years served as a premier outdoor space for the City’s countless street festivals and celebrations. 

Although we’d argue it’s held up pretty well over the years, the City is currently looking for a contractor to come in and make a number of improvements, including pavement repairs, irrigation improvements, fountain repairs, electrical upgrades, and more. 

The most significant change will be the removal of the fountain and several of the planters, which City officials say have been damaged over the years by skateboarders. Removing the fountain and planters will allow for more event space, and will likely reduce future maintenance costs. The impact on the local skateboarding community, however, will be more difficult to measure.

More Apartments On Hillsborough

A new apartment complex is planned for Hillsborough Street. Shockingly, it won’t be near NC State. A site review plan was filed earlier this month for a 12-building, 107,721 square-foot multifamily development named 5700 Hillsborough. 

Developed by CA Ventures, a firm out of Chicago, 5700 Hillsborough will include a total of 180 residential units, and a whopping 74 of them will be four-bedroom or more. Fortunately, 394 parking spaces will be provided, which should be enough to accommodate all those four-bedrooms. 

Hoop-A-Thon This Weekend

Teen Cancer America (TCA) is tapping into the passion of the Duke-Carolina basketball rivalry with a pair of competing fundraisers this weekend. Fans will have the rare opportunity to shoot hoops alongside their favorite players from Duke and Carolina. 

Hosted by former All-Americans Nolan Smith of Duke and Brice Johnson of UNC, two back-to-back Hoop-a-Thons will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 in Chapel Hill and Sunday, Aug. 25 in Durham. 

Funds raised will help support TCA programs in development at the Duke Cancer Institute and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The initiative also allows online donations to be made to either the Duke or Carolina fundraising “teams” in a friendly but spirited competition to raise the most money for TCA. Details can be found at www.tcahoopathon.com

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NC State will serve beer during football games this year. Our ITBFF Will Brinson shared more details on the selections. It seems Trophy Brewing’s Cloud Surfer will be available.

Progress on Mordecai Beverage Co.

Development Beat: Walter Tower Coming To North Hills

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Walter Tower coming to North Hills

More retail for SOJO

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/17

Women’s International Champions Cup 8/15 and 8/18 at WakeMed Soccer Park – buy tickets now!

Shred415 coming to The Dillon

7-story office at Glenn Lake

Growler USA replaced by Riddle Raleigh

CorePower Yoga coming to Stonehenge

More Crabtree apartments

Dog of the Week

Other News – a look at Jolie, the Moore Square splash pad broke

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Walter Tower Coming To North Hills

A 35-story, mixed-use building with 33 stories of luxury apartments and 6,500 square-feet of retail space is planned for North Hills. Kane Realty Corporation recently provided an update on the project, known as “Walter Tower.”

Located at 4000 Front at North Hills Street, Walter Tower will be the “tallest building on I-440” and its glass design will provide “premier views of Raleigh.”

The 570,000 square foot building will house 376 luxury apartments (21 penthouse residences). Amenities will include a “grand porte-cochère entry, 6th floor pool courtyard and wellness center, rooftop courtyard and clubroom.”

The project is being designed by SRSSA (Smallwoods, Reynolds, Steward, Stewart). Construction is set to begin in 2020. 

When it was first announced last year, Walter Tower was set to be a 33-story residential tower that would feature 11 levels of boutique hotel rooms and 22 levels of luxury apartments. We assume the plans were changed to avoid violating the Raleigh City Council’s barbaric stance on ADUs.



More Retail for SOJO

More retail is planned for SOJO. Ram Realty Advisors recently announced its purchase of a roughly 70,000 square-foot shopping center anchored by Lifetime Fitness. 

Located at 601 E. Six Forks Road, the center was 100% leased at the time of the sale. Its tenants included fine dining establishments such as Applebee’s, Papa John’s, and more.

In a likely effort to compete with the new Wegmans-anchored center nearby, Ram plans to renovate and expand the shopping center. Plans for the first part of that expansion include a new 3,500 square-foot restaurant, 1,600 square feet of retail, and 2,400 square feet of office space. 

While the plans go into great detail on the proposed building materials, only one new tenant was revealed: Fifth Thirds Bank. 

We’re not sure when work is set to begin, and the last time we drove by it appeared site improvements were underway. It’s likely this expansion will happen sooner than later.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/17

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (8/17) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Brad (the Beav) Beavers with Winebow will be pouring some of his favorite warm weather wines for the waning days of summer.

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!


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Women’s ICC August 15th and 18th

We are days away from the Women’s International Champions Cup. The best players in the world will be competing in our backyard this Thursday and Sunday. Get your tickets here. On Tuesday afternoon at 3:00, players from Olympique Lyonnais, Atletico de Madrid, North Carolina Courage, and Manchester City will be at Morgan Street Food Hall for a meet and greet.

The WICC is bringing four of the best women’s professional clubs from around the world, over 40 Women’s World Cup players, and the 1st Female Ballon D’or Winner to compete at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Schedule:

Thursday, August 15, 5:00 pm EDT: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Atlético de Madrid

Thursday, August 15, 7:30 pm EDT: North Carolina Courage vs. Manchester City

Sunday, August 18, 5:00 pm EDT: Third-place play-off

Sunday, August 18, 7:00 pm EDT: Final

Buy your tickets now.



Shred415 Coming To The Dillon

Raleigh’s first Shred415 exercise studio is coming to The Dillon, as construction permits were issued last week for the 7,000 square-foot space at 218 S. Harrington Street. 

Shred415 describes itself as an “instructor-led, calorie-burning, high intensity interval training class designed to target all muscle groups, and it guarantees to shred your body.” The training involves alternating between “cardio work on top quality Woodway treadmills and weight-training,” and is aimed at folks of all fitness levels. 

Shred415 currently operates in a number of locations throughout the country. The Shred415 at The Dillon will be its first location in North Carolina. The renovation is being handled by ADI Construction out of Virginia.

No word on whether Bonner Gaylord will be teaching any of the classes.

7-Story Office Building At Glenlake Plaza

Highwoods Properties unveiled plans for its latest addition to Glenlake Plaza, a 7-story office building dubbed Building III. In April of this year, we noted that sitework was underway for Glenlake Seven – which would actually be the complex’s fifth building.

If this numbering scheme seems a bit odd; you’re not alone. As best we can tell, the existing buildings are numbered one, four, five, and six. We noted that seven total buildings are planned for the park and predicted that it was likely “the future buildings will be numbered two and three.” As usual, we were proven right, thanks to recently filed site review plans. 

Highwoods, which acquired Glenlake in 2004, has been expanding the office park, and will be developing Building III on an undeveloped lot across the street.

The new 211,862 square-foot building will also include a four-level, 718-space parking deck. The site plans for both are being developed by Piedmont Land Design out of Raleigh. 



Growler USA Replaced By Riddle Raleigh

The recently-shuttered Growler USA has already found a new tenant in the form of Riddle Raleigh, a trivia-focused bar and restaurant. A soft opening was held earlier this month, with plans for a grand opening on August 30.

Riddle Raleigh has full ABC permits – meaning they’ll offer both beer and liquor – and 40 taps with “mostly local brews.”

In a post on the popular website Facebook.com, owner/operator Anthony Owens shared his plans for the space at 314 S. Blount Street.

“We are going to be the first of our kind in the area offering the assortment of interactive and trivia based games free to our guests. …. We are a different kind of concept, Riddle Raleigh will be home to the Carolina Comedy Awards, Theme parties monthly, and many other intriguing activities. From Board Games to Darts to Corn Hole and Tiki Toss, we will corner the market on actually having fun while enjoying a drink and eating Exotic meats like, Alligator, Bison, New Zealand Elk and many more things the average resident of Raleigh would normally not have a chance to try.

Board games and exotic meats, welcome to downtown Raleigh. 

CorePower Yoga Coming To Stonehenge

CorePower Yoga, a popular yoga franchise with more than 200 locations across the country, will soon open its second Raleigh location. 

Permits were recently issued for the quarter-million dollar renovation of a 3,664 square-foot space in Stonehenge Market at 7504 Creedmoor Road.

More Apartments At Crabtree

In an attempt to address the severe lack of multifamily housing available in the Crabtree Valley area, the EYC Companies out of South Carolina have filed plans for the Factory at Crabtree apartments.

Despite its unique name, Factory, designed by Watts Leaf Architects out of Charlotte, doesn’t appear to differ much from every other new apartment complex that’s cropped up in and around the City over the last ten years: masonry exterior, decks, plenty of windows. Plans call for a 6-story, 168-unit apartment complex that will include 253 parking spaces.

The Factory is one small part of a much larger development known as Crabtree North, which has been percolating for longer than we’ve been writing this column. The Crabtree North description from EYC also mentions another 204-unit complex known as the Overture, and 125,000 square feet of “retail, restaurant, and hotel.”

Crabtree North was at one time set to include the ambitious Carolina Row, an 11-acre portion of the massive 20-acre project. Carolina Row was supposed to be “a mixed-use development where southern sophistication meets contemporary main street” with 708 residential units and a hotel.

The project was to connect via a pedestrian bridge to Crabtree Valley Mall across Glenwood. The grand opening was slated for 2016, which has come and gone. Tragically, southern sophistication has yet to meet up with contemporary main street. The site is now being marketed to potential developers.

Dog of the Week

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Our friend Ashton Smith got a look at Jolie, the new restaurant from Scott Crawford.

The Moore Square splash pad, part of the $13 million renovation of Moore Square, is closed for repairs.

This is what it’s supposed to look like.

Development Beat: One Two One Fayetteville, Opening Date For Drive Shack

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One Two One Fayetteville planned for downtown

Drive Shack opening date set

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/10

Women’s International Champions Cup 8/15 and 8/18 at WakeMed Soccer Park – buy tickets now!

South Raleigh SoHi plans

Cafe coming to NC Museum of History

Hotel planned for S. Wilmington

Dog of the Week

Other News – Longleaf opening in the fall, Old Tuffy released

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One Two One Fayetteville Planned For DTR

One of the biggest new developments in Downtown Raleigh was recently revealed not through site plans or a rezoning request, but rather a website that goes into great detail about a new 30-story luxury office building known as One Two One Fayetteville.

Developed by Preferred Office Properties, managed by Kane Realty, and designed by Duda Paine architects, this “30+ story landmark-in-the-making heralds a new age of office design to the Raleigh skyline.”

One Two One plans to include street-level retail, a fitness center, a 15th-floor “sky lobby” with an outdoor terrace, private podium parking, and 25,000 square-foot “floor plates” (areas in which an office can be developed). 

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According to its website, One Two One will be “iconic and stately, yet modern in design,” and those aforementioned floor plates will offer “optimal design options and collaboration.”

Located at 121 Fayetteville Street, the land is zoned DX-40, which should allow for up to 40 stories. Kane looks to have already assigned a leasing agent, so they’re at least at the stage of pre-leasing some of the space.



Drive Shack Opening Date Set

Raleigh’s most hotly-anticipated new development has finally announced a grand opening date, according to reports from our Twitter account. 

ITB Insider announced last week on Twitter that Drive Shack will be opening its Raleigh location on August 23 – a likely response to this columnist’s request that they open in time for his birthday, which will be celebrated two days later. 

Plans for the facility were first revealed in May 2017.  In the two-and-a-half years since, it’s been by far the project we’ve received the most questions about, and we couldn’t be more excited to see that it’s finally set to open its doors to an eager public. No word on whether Raleigh’s Webb Simpson will be there to hit the first tee shot.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/10

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (8/10) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Eddie Pellino with the Haw River Wine Man will be behind the bar pouring a selection of store favorites from Italy north to south!

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!


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Women’s ICC August 15th and 18th

Remember how the U.S. Women’s team won the World Cup this summer? Well, a lot of those players will be right in our own backyard as they compete for the Women’s International Champions Cup on Aug. 15th and Aug 18th.

The WICC is bringing four of the best women’s professional clubs from around the world, over 40 Women’s World Cup players, and the 1st Female Ballon D’or Winner to compete at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Don’t miss out on seeing Crystal Dunn, Lucie Bronze, Steph Houghton, and Amanda Sampedro and their teammates play on U.S. soil.

Schedule:

Thursday, August 15, 5:00 pm EDT: Olympique Lyonnais vs. Atlético de Madrid

Thursday, August 15, 7:30 pm EDT: North Carolina Courage vs. Manchester City

Sunday, August 18, 5:00 pm EDT: Third-place play-off

Sunday, August 18, 7:00 pm EDT: Final

Buy your tickets now.
We encourage everyone to support these athletes so they’ll fall in love with Raleigh, move here, and send their offspring to play soccer at Broughton.



Plans For SoHi In South Raleigh

From the creators of Trophy Brewing, Runologie, and more, an interesting mixed-use development is being planned for South Raleigh. Site plans indicated that the new development will include four two-story buildings used for restaurant, retail, office, and light manufacturing.

Although very preliminary, the exterior building sketches done by local design firm Mauer Architecture are quite stylish. Light manufacturing will likely be the development’s biggest tenant, as it’s currently allocated 8,395 of the total 25,000 square feet. Office and retail will take up about 6,000 square feet each, while 4,510 square feet will be dedicated to restaurant use. A total of 66 parking spaces will be provided.

Located at 2701 S Wilmington St., the building was acquired by an LLC known as SoHi in April for around $635,000, per County records. The LLC appears to be linked to our friend David Meeker, co-owner of Trophy Brewing Company, Carpenter Development, and Runologie. 

The project will require the removal of the Blue Oasis Bar & Lounge. Described by one fan as a place where “The DJ is off the chain and the atmosphere is strictly grown and sexy,” the Blue Oasis is housed in a 5,356 square-foot, one-story cinder block building built in 1974.

While some may mourn the loss of the Blue Oasis, it’s hard to argue that SoHi won’t be a more productive and beneficial use of the land, and given Meeker’s track record, we’re excited to see how it turns out. 

Cafe Coming To NC Museum Of History

Our friends over at the Triangle Food Blog are reporting that the NC Museum of History could soon be getting a new cafe.

According to the post, the cafe would be open to all, and not just museum visitors. No additional details on the cafe were available, and we were unable to locate any permits or potential bid requests related to the job. 

Still, we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out, and our fingers crossed that it, like The Daily Planet Cafe at the Museum of Natural Sciences, borrows its name from the pages of DC Comics. The Gotham Greasy Spoon? The Bat Bar? The Fortress of Soda Fountain?



Hotel Planned For S. Wilmington

A 12-story hotel is planned for 603 S. Wilmington Street, around the corner from Miller Law Group, where Stacy Miller fights crime and delivers justice. More than a year after plans were filed for a hotel operating under Marriott’s Element brand, developer Narsi Properties plans to open a dual-brand Hilton Home2 Suites + Tru hotel instead. 

Like Element, Home2 Suites are designed for “longer-stay travelers.” Site review plans show 190 hotel rooms built atop a parking garage containing 184 spaces. Designed by Duda Paine Architects out of Durham, we doubt the hotel will differ much from the Home2 Suites at RDU. Although it is worth noting the project is actually titled “Home2 + Tru Raleigh.” 

Dog of the Week

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The Longleaf Hotel is opening in late 2019

New Belgium Brewing released Old Tuffy into the wild

The most influential influencers helped spread the word about the new beer.

Clyde Cooper’s enters 20th century, begins taking credit and debit cards

Development Beat: Moore Square Reopening, Demolition On Hillsborough

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Moore Square grand reopening

Demolition on Hillsborough Street

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/3

Rush Bowls coming to Sir Walter

Mural on Morgan Street

XL Soccer World Expansion

New apartments on Sussex

Amazon hub renovation

Dog of the Week – Raleigh Little Theatre is hosting a dog costume contest and letting ITBlake serve as a judge for the second consecutive year. The contest will be held this Thursday before the showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as part of their Movies in the Garden series.

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Moore Square Grand Reopening

A grand reopening will be held for the new and improved Moore Square Park in downtown Raleigh this weekend. The official ribbon cutting will be held on August 2nd, followed by a grand opening celebration on August 3rd.

Plans to renovate the park began in 2009, although construction did not begin until nearly a decade later. We aren’t sure what took so long. A City of Raleigh representative told The N&O that the project was affected by rain, stating “2018 was the wettest year on record in the history of Raleigh.” So there’s that.

Now that it’s finally opening, residents can enjoy a downtown farmers market, a water feature, play areas, special events, concerts, and a restaurant space. Square Burger, the latest project from Greg Hatem’s Empire Eats, will be operating out of the restaurant space on the property.

Hopefully, the renovation included some Instagram-able attractions on the level of the Dix Park sunflowers. We’re looking forward to finding out.



Demolition On Hillsborough Street

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Demolition continues on Hillsborough Street. A trio of demolition permits were issued for the teardown of three buildings at 11 South Boylan and 615 and 701 Hillsborough Street.

Those buildings were most recently home to the offices of Stop Hunger Now, Audio Exchange, and Dram & Draught, which has relocated to One Glenwood. The structures are being removed to make way for the next phase of the Block 83 development (formerly known as Two Hillsborough).

A 10-story, 275,000 square-foot office building and two separate one-story retail buildings will be built on the property.

The project is being developed by the same team behind One Glenwood.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/3

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (8/3) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Jeremy Reiter with Empire Distributing will be pouring a lineup of refreshing wines.

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!


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Rush Bowls Coming To Sir Walter

Rush Bowls will be making its way to the ground floor of the Sir Walter apartment building at 400 Fayetteville Street.

The eatery recently held a grand opening celebration for its Hillsborough Street location. According to @EatRaleigh, Rush Bowls plans to open on the ground floor of the Sir Walter once renovations are completed. Hopefully, they’ll have better hours than the Chick-fil-A that once occupied that space.

Renovations on the building are being handled by Weaver-Cooke Construction, which looks to have received its first set of permits for the job back in November of 2018.



Mural On Morgan Street

In celebration of the upcoming 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup hosted by the NC Courage, a new mural has popped up on Morgan Street Food Hall. Artist Taylor White recently completed the mural depicting four soccer superstars – Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Amanda Sampedro (Atletico Madrid), and Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage).

The Courage are the reigning champions of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as well as winners of the 2018 Women’s International Champions Cup. You can purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC, held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

XL Soccer World Expansion

XL Soccer World on Hillsborough Street is about to get a whole lot larger. 

Recently filed site plans call for a 5,800 square-foot addition to the main facility, as well as a new 28,000 square-foot practice field, to be added to the XL Soccer World Complex at 5600 Hillsborough Street.

XL Soccer World is a 32,000 square foot facility offering “youth leagues and programs for ages 2 through adult.” The facility includes two full-size professional indoor fields and one “mini-field.”

Whether this expansion has anything to do with the potential new soccer stadium in downtown Raleigh remains to be seen, but it’s of little doubt that interest in fútbol has never been higher in the City of Oaks.



New Apartments On Sussex

A new apartment complex is planned for N. Rogers Lane in West Raleigh. Site plans were recently filed for The Sussex Apartments, a seven-building, 216-unit multifamily development.

The drawings paint the picture of your standard midscale apartment complex, complete with a clubhouse, a fitness area, and a business center. The 216 units will be broken up into 30 one-bedroom units, 118 two-bedrooms, and 68 three-bedrooms. All will stand four stories tall.

Amazon Hub Renovation

Raleigh’s Amazon Prime Now Hub will soon be subject to a half-million dollar renovation. The hub, which bills itself as “the procrastinator’s delight” allows Amazon Prime subscribers to place orders and have products delivered within hours.

The 221,886 square foot “office/warehouse” property is located on 3200 Bush Street. Amazon only occupies about 30,000 square feet, while Wake Tech takes up 81,090.

Dog of the Week

Raleigh Little Theatre is hosting a dog costume contest and letting ITBlake serve as a judge for the second consecutive year. The contest will be held this Thursday before the showing of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as part of their Movies in the Garden series.

Other News

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Progress on The Wade

Progress on The Standard on Hillsborough Street

Development Beat: Demolition On Glenwood, Progress On Jolie, Wine & Design

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Demolition begins at site of Glenwood hotel

Upgrades coming to Peace Street

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 7/27

Blowfish to replace Pho Pho Pho

Highwoods bought the Goodwill building

Plans released for Crabtree’s Sears Tower

The Cha House coming to Hillsborough Street

Christmas in July – on Friday Papa Murphy’s is holding a benefit at Trophy on Maywood

Dog of the Week

Other News: Progress on Jolie, Wine & Design, Rush Bowl opens

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Demolition begins at site of Glenwood hotel

Demolition is underway on Glenwood South at the site of what will be a AC Hotel by Marriott. It’s been nearly two years since plans were announced for the project, located near the intersection of Glenwood and Hillsborough.

The seven-story building known as “The Willard” will have hotel rooms because it’s a hotel. Original plans included two stories of condominiums, but then commenter Jeff said that the condos weren’t part of the project anymore. Now we don’t know WHAT to believe and we can’t find anything online that disputes the 5 stories of hotel rooms and 2 stories of condos theory. It looks like we’ll have to wait until this thing is built to learn the truth.

The hotel is being designed by Overcash Demmitt out of Charlotte and JDavis Architects out of Raleigh. Renderings released as part of a site review plan indicate the hotel’s exterior will be similar to the other trendy, upscale Marriott AC Hotels.



Upgrades coming to Peace Street

In the midst of a wave of redevelopment that is reshaping the landscape of Peace Street, the City is seeking a contractor to improve the street itself. 

In a request for bids, the City describes the project as “streetscape improvements on Peace Street from St. Mary’s to North West Street.” These improvements will include utility coordination, landscaping, erosion control measures, pavement removal and replacement, sidewalk improvements, traffic control, and more.

Designed by ColeJenest & Stone, planning for this project began in 2005, when preliminary concepts were presented to the Appearance and Planning Commissions.

In a presentation to City Council in 2017, City staffers laid out several challenges the project would face, alongside several additional goals. These include bike racks to be added at Gaston and Glenwood, the utilization of “Big Belly” trash cans, allowing more time for pedestrian crossings at the Glenwood Avenue intersection, and a sidewalk connection at the Gaston Street intersection.

The City does not mention anything about adding more signage to warn trucks about the Peace Street Bridge.

The total project budget is around $2.1 million. Bids are due to the City by July 30. Based on previous schedule projections, work should be wrapping up by the end of 2020.


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Leave it to Beavers Tasting at Seaboard Wine 7/27

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (7/27) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Brad Beavers from Winebow just returned from his family beach trip (hopefully at AB), and is ready to pour some refreshing wines.

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!



Blowfish to replace Pho Pho Pho

The popular Glenwood South restaurant Pho Pho Pho will be replaced by a bar called Blowfish. In the four years since Pho Pho Pho opened, it became known not just for its Pho, but for its crawfish boils and a wide array of traditional Vietnamese dishes.

The Triangle Food Blog recently reported on Blowfish: “The good news that Michael DePersia of National Restaurant Properties shared exclusively with us is that Ashlie Cade who owns The Bison Bar on Whitaker Mill Rd. and St. Jacques French Restaurant on Falls of Neuse Rd. purchased the restaurant and plans on some light renovations and remodeling, extending the bar, etc. She will open a neighborhood bar called Blowfish this fall, tentatively planning on serving breakfast tacos a few mornings and an expanded taco menu thru the lunch, dinner and late night hours throughout the week with an emphasis on the bar having reasonably priced beer, wine and mixed drinks.”


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Highwoods bought the Goodwill building

Highwoods Realty paid $6.4 million for the Goodwill property at 321 West Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh. 

Very few details were released when the Board of Directors of Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. announced the sale of the property earlier this year.

Last week, however, we exclusively obtained county records indicating that the building was purchased by Highwoods Realty for a staggering $6.4 million. The building’s total assessed value was around $2.4 million.

In May of this year, Rev. Dennis McLain, president, GCF® said that “The sale of the property will create a number of new opportunities for GCF and those they serve around the world.” Now that we know the selling price, the number of opportunities created will be even greater than most imagined.

Highwoods has yet to announce plans for the property, but we bet that it will be transformed into a high rise office space similar to their other downtown buildings, such as One City Plaza and PNC Plaza.

Plans released for Crabtree’s Sears Tower

Earlier this month, we reported that the owners of the Crabtree Valley Mall were working on a plan to transform the old Sears site into a 30-story mixed-use tower.

We obtained exclusive plans which indicate the new development will be split into two tracts. The first tract will allow up to 1,000,000 square feet of commercial use, up to 225 hotel rooms, and no residential units. The majority of tract one will be limited to a 12-story height.

The entirety of Tract Two will be limited to 12 stories, and the allowed building types include townhomes, apartment buildings, “general” buildings, mixed-use building, and civic uses. A structured parking deck is also planned.

The site is currently zoned Regional Mixed Use and allows for buildings up to 12 stories. The recommended maximum height for buildings in RMU designations is 20 stories.

The developers also claim that the rezoning will benefit the public by “allowing for the redevelopment and revitalization of Crabtree Valley Mall, which is one of Raleigh’s most important retail shopping centers.”

This is where we’re going to have to disagree. Crabtree doesn’t even make the top three most important retail shopping centers in Raleigh. That list is currently: 1.) Cameron Village 2.) North Hills 3.) Amazon.com.



The Cha House coming to Hillsborough Street

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The Cha House, an “Asian-inspired tea house” will be moving into the former home of Pieology at The Stanhope on Hillsborough Street.

Cha House, which currently operates a location on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, offers loose-leaf teas, brown sugar boba, and “signature Taiwanese street dishes.”

Permits valued at more than $175,000 for the renovation of the 2,237 square-foot space on the ground floor of 3001 Hillsborough were issued last week to Callahan Construction.



Papa Murphy’s Christmas in July at Trophy Maywood

On Friday (7/26) from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Papa Murphy’s is holding a benefit for Zach’s Toy Chest at Trophy on Maywood. Donate a new toy and get a free pizza and a drink.

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The highly anticipated Jolie is coming along nicely, according to some exclusive photos we found on Instagram.com.

Rush Bowls opened on Hillsborough Street

Progress on Wine & Design at Union Station

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Fairweather Phase II begins

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Chido Taco opens in SOJO

Fire station updates

Smoky Hollow continues to expand

Crabtree congestion

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Dram & Draught Is Moving On Up

Dram and Draught is moving on up, to the other side of Glenwood Avenue. They’re hoping to open in their new home at the ground floor of One Glenwood by or before July 27.

We have some EXCLUSIVE details from the tour of the new space that we took a few weeks ago.

The bar will have a bar. It will be made of wood. The bar was made by Oak City Customs, a local company that specializes in custom wood and metal furniture and fixtures.

They’ve added a space off the main bar area that can be used for special events and tastings. They will also have the ability to use the incredible roof space at One Glenwood for events.

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They’ll be open at 3:00 pm instead of 4:00 pm and will stay open until 2:00 am. Keep an eye on DramandDraught.com or their social media (@dramanddraught on Instagram, @Dram_Draught on Twitter, and @dramanddraught on Facebook) for soft opening dates.



Fairweather Phase II Begins

Permits have been issued for Phase II of The Fairweather, a condominium project in Downtown Raleigh. The project broke ground in February of this year.

Announced in 2017 the project will include 45 residential units ranging from 838 to 2,863 square feet. The first four floors offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom condos, and the fifth floor will feature penthouse suites. The development will stretch along West Lenoir Street between South West and South Harrington.

The Fairweather is being developed by 4 Line LLC and Greymont Development. Raleigh Architecture Co. is handling the design and Resolute Building Company is handling construction.

The building is located across the street from the future home of the Sam Jones BBQ restaurant, which we hope doesn’t result in any sort of Kramer-esque Kenny Rogers Roasters-type situations.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 7/20

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (7/20) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Neal Thornton with Sour Grapes importers will be pouring a unique selection of wines from eastern Europe, Italy, Spain and Austria.

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!



Chido Taco opens in SOJO

Chido Taco is now open in McNeill Pointe, in the SOJO district of Raleigh. They describe themselves as a “Mercado Style Taqueria” and will be open Mon-Thur from 11:00 AM to 9:30 PM, Fri-Sat from 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 8:30 PM.

They’re located at 2330 Bale Street.


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Fire Station Update

Raleigh’s fire expert, Mike Legeros, provided an update on the status of one of the most important fire stations inside the beltline, Station 6. Located on Fairview Road, construction is still underway and should be completed by January 2020.

Legeros also shared updates on the new “Station 1/HQ” project set to be built on South Street in downtown. According to Legeros, “the planned site is currently used as a vendor lot for the convention center. The City is in the process of purchasing nearby land as a replacement site for the vendor lot. Design of the new facility will commence in the fall of 2019, upon the closing of the South Street site.”

Legeros published a detailed look at the plans for “New Station 1,” which is being designed by Davis Kane Architects. The new facility will combine “Headquarters” – administrative offices – and the “Central Fire Station” into one unified building.

The existing Central Station is located at 220 S. Dawson Street.

Smoky Hollow Continues To Expand

Work is now underway on the second phase of the Smoky Hollow development in downtown Raleigh. After receiving an exclusive press release on the project, it turns out we’ve been spelling “Smoky Hollow” wrong this entire time. Win some, lose some.

According to that exclusive press release, the second phase will feature 225,000 RSF of Class A office space at 421 N. Harrington St., structured parking, 283 apartments (The Line, opening in 2020), and an “engaging pedestrian promenade” encompassed by 40,000 SF of street-level restaurants and retail.

Phase One, which includes 417 apartments (Peace Raleigh), 5,000 SF of ground floor retail, and a 46,000 SF Publix grocery store, is currently under construction. A third phase is also in the works.

Little Diversified is the architect for 421 N. Harrington St. office, JDavis is the architect for The Line downtown apartments, and Cline Design is the architect for Peace Raleigh apartments. Clancy & Theys Construction Company is the general contractor for phases one and two of Smoky Hollow. Lionstone Investments is an equity partner for phases one and two.



Crabtree Congestion

The NC DOT is attempting to reduce traffic around the Crabtree Valley Mall area. The DOT has made available a host of concept maps and videos, which offer a glimpse into a project that, in all likelihood, will not be completed until the 2030s, if ever.

The project began nearly eight years ago, when the City undertook a planning study titled “Vision for the Valley.” A series of so-called “listening sessions” were held throughout 2018. Their website lists 7 concepts for the 440 and Glenwood area. We didn’t waste our time watching them all, so here are a few examples.

The current project schedule has the design-build contract being awarded in 2025. It should take another several years for the project to reach completion.



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ITBlake’s condo, The Wade, is getting a cornice.

Mama Crow’s held a soft opening at Transfer Food Co.

Some people don’t know how to park at North Hills

The sunflowers are back at Dix Park

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Neuse River Brewing adding a kitchen

Raleigh Country Club course to be renovated

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New Transit in Downtown Raleigh

Destination SunFest at Dix Park is July 13th

Drive Shack is hiring

Crabtree owners attempt a makeover

Triangle Town Center foreclosure

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Dining at Neuse River Brewing

Remember when the Neuse river had all that pfiesteria? Well, fortunately this development has NOTHING to do with that. The Neuse River Brewing Company will soon open a kitchen to complement their existing taproom, offering patrons the chance to dine on fresh, locally sourced food.

Permits valued at just under $20,000 were issued for the build-out of a new kitchen in the existing 597 square-foot storage area.

The new kitchen will reportedly transform Neuse River into a sort-of European-style bistro, offering “fine-dining concepts in a casual atmosphere,” according to their Facebook page. Once the restaurant opens, they’ll offer mixed drinks alongside their lineup of in-house brews.

The Neuse River Brewing Company is located at 518 Pershing Road and originally opened in 2015.



Raleigh Country Club Course Closing Next Year

Not Webb Simpson

Raleigh Country Club will be shut down for much of next year for a significant expansion and renovation project.

McConnell Golf owner John McConnell recently told the TBJ that Raleigh Country Club will be closed from next February until late September. McConnell indicated the renovation would be “transformational” and would cost millions.

McConnell has hired golf course architect Kyle Franz to lead the transformation, which includes adding 15 acres to increase the total yardage to over 7,000 yards.

The golf course was one of the final courses to be designed by famed architect Donald Ross (no relation to Bob Ross). The design is described by the Donald Ross Society as “making each hole present a different problem, making every stroke count, and taking full advantage of terrain while wasting no ground.”

The club, located off New Bern Ave., also includes dining, aquatics, and event spaces “for all members of the family to enjoy.”


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 7/13

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (7/13) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Ariel Tetterton from Advintage Wines will be pouring a refreshing selection of new arrivals from California and Europe to keep you cool in the NC heat!

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case (mix or match) for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!



New Transit in Downtown Raleigh

They see me rollin’…

A new transit option recently appeared in Downtown Raleigh. We haven’t had time to investigate, but the sign on the vehicle seems to indicate that this is Raleigh’s newest free golf cart rideshare service.

We expect the mouth breathing faction of the City Council to ban this by the end of week, if not sooner.


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Destination SunFest at Dix Park

Dix Park will host Destination SunFest on July 13th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This is a celebration of the completion of the Master Plan and welcome party to take pictures of sunflowers. The event will include amusement rides, Putt Putt, live music, hayrides, local food and beer, and much more.

The schedule for Entertainment and Music is:

2:45 – 4:00 pm – Africa Unplugged
4:30 – 5:30 pm – The Sunday Special
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Hammer No More The Fingers
7:30 – 9:00 pm – 120 Minutes

Dix Park asks that you RSVP, although it’s not required. This event is free to the public thanks to Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy donors.

Drive Shack Hiring in Raleigh

The highly anticipated Drive Shack entertainment venue will hold a series of hiring events through the month of July in order to fill more than 400 positions in Raleigh.

Postings on the company’s website and recruiter GlassDoor.com state that Drive Shack will be “hiring for both full- and part-time roles” to support its “65,000 square foot, 96-bay entertainment venue.”

It’s been over two years since we first reported on Drive Shack coming to Raleigh. No announcement has been made on an opening date, but we’ve heard early September.



Crabtree Valley Mall Redevelopment

This is still in a floodplain…

Crabtree Mall could be getting a whole lot taller. The mall’s owners are planning to file a rezoning request to build a 30-story mixed-use tower on the site of Sears (RIP).

The new project will reportedly include all the usual mixed-use suspects: office, hotel, restaurant, and miscellaneous entertainment. The tower would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $290 million, and the requisite rezoning would only apply to the portion of the mall’s property where the tower would be built.

No word on what they plan to do about the fact that the entire building is in a floodplain.



Foreclosure Looms Over Triangle Town Center

Who could have seen this coming? A public notice recently appeared in the News & Observer, indicating that the Triangle Town Center mall was heading towards foreclosure.

CBL & Associates, who manage and partly own the mall, will have a foreclosure sale on July 11th. A reddit thread predicted the demise of the mall over 8 months ago. We’re not exactly sure what this means for the property, but none of you actually shop there so we won’t bother to investigate.

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The U.S. Women’s Soccer team won the World Cup and four of the players play for the NC Courage.

New Belgium debuted the can design for their Old Tuffy beer

Brew Coffee Bar opened at the Poyner YMCA

Progress on the Rex Healthcare Cancer Center

People filed to run for City Council

We ran a poll to determine the name of the proposed Downtown stadium. According to our poll, the stadium will be named after Broughton legend Izzy Hernandez.

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Plans unveiled for proposed Raleigh Stadium

18 Seaboard closing soon

Free tasting at Seaboard Wine this Saturday 6/29

Foundation work begins at 3020 Hillsborough

Greg Hatem acquires Boylan-Pearce Building

Layered Croissaintaire to open soon on N. West St.

City of Raleigh installs underground trash cans

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Entertainment And Sports Arena Proposed for Raleigh

Steve Malik, friend of the media empire and the owner of the North Carolina Football Club and North Carolina Courage, will announce plans for a 20,000-seat soccer stadium and entertainment complex in downtown Raleigh today. Malik is developing the project alongside John Kane, of Kane Realty Corporation.

Details for the project popped up last night on a website called visitdowntownsouth.com.

“The proposed Downtown Raleigh Entertainment District sits on approximately 55 acres at downtown Raleigh’s southern edge at the intersection of South Saunders Street and Interstate 40. The development includes a multi-purpose, 20,000-seat open-air Downtown Sports & Entertainment Stadium surrounded by more than $1.9 billion in private development of street-level retail, office space, and housing.

The stadium will become the home of the North Carolina Football Club, including its men’s pro soccer team, North Carolina FC, and its women’s pro soccer team, North Carolina Courage, and accommodate a variety of marquee events, including concerts, festivals, graduations, trade shows, and championship-level sporting events.”

More details from the website:

1.6 million square feet of office space

125,000 square feet of retail and service space (stores, bars, and restaurants)

1,200 hotel rooms

1,750 residential units

Ample green space and public areas

Connectivity to Triangle Greenways, Dix Park, and State Farmers Market

The website says that they plan to hold 75 major events annually, along with 100s of smaller events (conferences, trade shows, job fairs, watch parties, etc.). The Design and Development phase will continue this year and the project hopes to break ground in early 2020, with the stadium and first phase complete by 2023.

A few on Twitter wondered if “Downtown South” was the official name of the project. WNFIV suggested naming it BONNERDOME, to which Bonner Gaylord, Broughton graduate and Managing Director of Operations for Kane, replied something about foreign languages.

We can’t say for sure, but we are certain that this venue is based on the design of Broughton High School’s stadium.

Malik had previously said that being located near Broughton’s historic soccer program is the “primary factor” in every decision he makes.

Malik reiterated those statements during our exclusive interview at the media event on Tuesday morning.



18 Seaboard Closing Soon

One of the longest-standing restaurants at Seaboard Station, 18 Seaboard, will be closing up for good on July 2.

The owner, Jason Smith, who opened 18 Seaboard in 2006, told the N&O that while he had no plans to reopen the restaurant in another location, he wasn’t ruling it out either. Smith’s “18 Restaurant Group” also owns Durham’s Harvest 18 and Cantina 18 locations in Cameron Village and Morrisville. 18 Seaboard will be missed.


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 6/29

Our friends at Seaboard Wine will hold a free tasting this Saturday (6/29) from 1pm – 4pm. Andoni Uroz will be pouring a delicious, value driven selection of wines from Portugal and Spain, all discounted 25% off by the case mix & match!

All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case mix or match for you to take home and enjoy. Make Seaboard a part of your Saturday routine!



Work Begins At Former Home Of East Village

Demolished East Village Grill

Just three months after the iconic East Village Bar was torn down, permits have been issued for work on the foundation of the apartment complex set to take its place.

The creatively named “3020 Hillsborough” will be a 3-story apartment project, designed by J Davis Architects. It will house 142 residential units as well as ground floor retail, which will include a new home for East Village.

The 246,350 square-foot building will also boast a number of amenities, including a pool and adjoining clubhouse, a “cyber lounge,” and 147 parking spaces with a separate bicycle storage area.

The project is being developed across a total of nine existing parcels, which, in addition to East Village, housed College Beverage, Curious Goods, DIGITZ, and Triangle Motorsports.


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Empire State Of Mind

Greg Hatem, one of the earliest investors in the revitalization of downtown Raleigh, has now acquired one of the City’s most iconic structures: the Boylan-Pearce building at 216 Fayetteville Street.

Hatem, whose Empire Properties owns dozens of properties throughout the City, acquired the building from Dean Debnam, the man behind the infamous DrunkTown political ad, which was widely considered one of the lowest points in North Carolina politics.

Although Hatem has yet to announce his plans for the property, a rezoning case filed earlier this year would allow for a development of up to 40 stories to be built on the property, as long as its historic facade is maintained.

County records indicate that the “package sale price” for the property was $2.05 million, but the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that Hatem actually paid around $3.4 million. Given that the county records often neglect to tell the full story of a sale, we’re inclined to go with the TBJ’s figure.



New Bakery On N. West Street

Just over a year after it was first announced, the Layered Croissanterie bakery has set an opening date for its location at the Rainbow Upholstery Building at 911 N. West Street: June 30.

Developed by husband-and-wife team Mark and Kawsar Chavez, the bakery describes itself as one that will be “meticulously crafting pastries with a modern twist.”

Hopefully that twist is chocolate.



One Bar’s Trash Is The City’s Treasure

Raleigh is finally taking out the trash. The City recently began installing high-capacity trash containers UNDERGROUND in downtown Raleigh. Finally, we’ll no longer have to walk by a row of 20 foul-smelling trash cans full of empty bottles of Bud Light and Fireball.

According to a press release, “The pilot project includes six new high-capacity containers from Molok North America to collect trash, mixed recycling, and cardboard.” These high-capacity containers will hold 95 gallons; the equivalent of about 20 of the existing trash carts.

Part of Wilmington Street near the intersection with Hargett in downtown Raleigh was closed off last week to allow for the initial installation of the country’s first underground garbage cans.

Nicole Stewart, our favorite City Councilor, took to Twitter to apologize for the traffic delays, even though none of this was her fault and people complaining about traffic should try waking up three hours early and walking to work.

The City believes that by doing away with the unseemly and unpopular trash carts, they will improve both the sights and smells of downtown Raleigh. We completely agree.

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Welcome to a new section where we just embed posts from other people. It’s called outsourcing and it’s brilliant. We got the idea from WRAL, who recently used William Needham Finley’s coverage of the Lilly’s pizza car crash in their news article. The full story is recapped in the Instagram post below (be sure to swipe through to see a special video of Stacy Miller):

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Oak Heart Vet grand opening at Dixie Trail this Saturday

STIR opens in North Hills

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Smokey Hollow Publix set to begin construction

WeWork coming to downtown

Zambrero opening at One Glenwood

Plans filed for Olde Towne (Road)

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Summer Block “Pawty” at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Dixie Trail 

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital invites local pet parents and their well-socialized and dog-friendly pups to celebrate the official start of summer – and the recent opening of their newest location in the Dixie Trail neighborhood of Raleigh – at a summer block “pawty” on Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The community event located at 3044 Medlin Drive will include guided tours of the hospital, a dog-friendly photo booth and keepsake photos from Classic Carolina Photobooths, complimentary food and beverages from Uninhibited Tapas Bar, as well as special treats that attendees can purchase for their dogs from Just 4 Dogs Mobile Dog Treats. Canine guests will also enjoy a bacon-flavored bubble machine, dog pools and a ball pit.

Additionally, all pet owners in attendance will receive one free veterinary exam that can be redeemed on a later date at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Dixie Trail.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit: https://oakheartvet.com/dixie-trail-summer-block-pawty.

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STIR Opens In North Hills

STIR has opened on the ground floor of the Bank of America Tower in North Hills. While they offer oysters and seafood, let us not forget about the press release we received back in 2018 that included a full paragraph about artisanal ice:

“Using purified, artisanal ice that has been hand-cut to complement each one of their imaginative craft cocktails, STIR is bringing an intense focus on artisan ice and craft cocktails to Raleigh’s cocktail and dining scene. STIR uses the freshest ingredients available, refreshing food and beverage menus regularly to highlight seasonal delicacies and keep the creative juices flowing.”

It’s about time someone in Raleigh stepped up to the plate and delivered the artisanal ice we’ve all been demanding. Our long nightmare of cloudy, generic, plebeian ice is over. Praise be to Bonner.


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Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine’s summer series is kicking off this week. Get ready for a virtual wine tour of Europe’s “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.



Smokey Hollow Publix To Begin Construction

Work will soon begin on the Publix on the ground floor of the Smokey Hollow/Peace & West development in downtown Raleigh.

While permits were issued in February 2018 to Clancy & Theys for the construction of the 11-story shell building at 417 West Peace, it is believed that work could be underway within a month on the fit-out for the grocery store itself.

The permits were actually applied for back in December 2018; no contractor was listed, but the estimated value was nearly $4 million. The layout of the Peace & West Publix may be a sort-of prototype that “marries its deli-forward urban model with a more traditional grocery store.” These prototypes were covered by the Miami Business Journal late last year. (Don’t worry – it’s not paywalled!)

Either way, we can’t wait to see what it looks like when it finally opens, which could be happening as soon as the Spring of 2020.


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WeWork Coming To Downtown

Permits were recently issued for Raleigh’s first WeWork, a company that provides “shared workspaces for technology startup subculture communities, and services for entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, small businesses and large enterprises.”

Located at One Glenwood, the permits don’t say how much square footage WeWork will take up. The website lists private offices with the ability to seat between 21-50 people for a monthly rate of $10,700. For $350/month, you gain access to desk space in the common area.

The new space is described on the WeWork website as: “Housed in a brand new building that straddles hip Glenwood South and the vibrant Warehouse District, WeWork One Glenwood puts your business at the crossroads of creativity and culture. Here, custom murals and art-filled interiors complement the area’s lively maker scene, inspiring teams to think differently and color outside the lines.”

If that doesn’t make you want to leverage synergies to maximize KPIs and holistically optimize the cloud, we don’t know what will.



Zambrero Opening At One Glenwood

The restaurant chain equivalent of TOMS shoes will soon be making its way to One Glenwood, as Zambrero plans to open its first North Carolina location in downtown Raleigh.

Describing itself as “Mexican with a mission,” the chain currently operates out of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Per the company website, “With every burrito or bowl purchased, a meal is donated to someone in need.”

While Raleigh certainly has no shortage of Mexican restaurants, Zambrero seems to set itself apart not only with its do-gooder business model, but a stricter focus on healthy menu items that include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.



Olde Towne (Road) Development

A subdivision plan has been filed for stage one of the Olde Towne (Road) Development. This follows the approval last fall of a rezoning case that involved the redevelopment of a nearly 600-acre parcel of land in Southeast Raleigh.

This neighborhood is not to be confused with the Oldtowne Road located outside the beltline, recently photographed by Hayes Permar of SportsChannel8 and Podcast Raleigh.

The Olde Towne site, near the intersection of Rock Quarry Road and New Hope Road, was originally set to be developed by Greystone Development as a golf-course community known as Olde Towne. Greystone had begun clearing the land but eventually abandoned the project.

The new Olde Towne will develop the land into a mix of single-family housing, restaurants, retail, and a grocery store. Last year’s rezoning case freed the new developer, the Halle Building Group, from a requirement that any new development include a golf course.

The subdivision plans call for the development of eight separate housing areas spread out across 240 acres. Zoning conditions placed on the property limit the number of housing units to 1,700, and the only type of multifamily housing allowed is a 300-unit 55+ apartment building.

We imagine construction will begin on phase one by the end of this year, but it’s hard to say when it might be ready for residents to take their horses to the olde towne road, where they’re gonna ride ’til they can’t no more.

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Work Begins On Downtown Yacht Club

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

City Seeks Design Services for Craig’s Building

Goodwill Building Sold

An update on Ironworks

Cape Fear Seafood Opening This Week

Wye Hill Kitchen and Brewing Opens This Week

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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Work Begins On Downtown Yacht Club

Work has begun on a new Yacht Club in downtown Raleigh, which brings good news and bad news. The bad news, this has nothing to do with a downtown canal.

The good news, a new two-story restaurant and bar is coming to the former home of Office Tavern at 710 W. Johnson.

A pair of permits issued last week to CHC Builders described the work as a renovation of the 2,698 square-foot first floor and an addition of a 608 square-foot second floor. The existing building is single-story.

It’s worth noting that the original site plans had called for 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 would be covered.

We’re not sure if there will be additional permits adding the remainder of the planned square footage, or if the owners have just scaled back the overall size. We’re hoping they’ll at least keep the plan to offer outdoor dining. And hopefully, the Raleigh City Council won’t ban Yacht Rock from being played outdoors.


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Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine, which brilliantly decided to move from Seaboard Station to a new location in High Park Village last year, is ready to take you on some virtual wine tours of Europe’s hidden gems. Their summer series focuses on “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.



Renovating Craig’s Building

Downtown Raleigh’s Craig’s Building is probably best known today as nothing more than a pass-through from South Wilmington Street to the newly-refurbished Moore Square Transit Station.

But the building has a long and rich history, from its humble roots as a grocery store to the countless businesses it has been home to. Update: we relied on a report from the Library of Congress when originally covering this story, which stated that the building was originally constructed in 1884. Thankfully, Ian F.G. Dunn pointed out that the Craig’s Building was not built in 1884, it was built in 1916-17. The building that dates to 1884 was torn down in early 1916 because it was condemned. The 1884 building is on the far left (the one with the Chero-Cola mural) in this picture.

Photo from the State Archives of North Carolina

The City acquired the Craig’s building with the plan to develop what was being called at the time the “Moore Square West Transit Block.” The facility was again renovated as part of the overall Moore Square Transit Station renovation in 2016.

The City is once again on the hunt for an architect to help fix up the second floor of the building. A specific use for the space has not been identified, but may include “office, either occupied by City staff or leased, a conference area, or temporary space to house contractors.” Proposals are due to the City by July 9.


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Goodwill Hunting

The Board of Directors of Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, Inc. announced last month the sale of the property located at 321 West Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.

“The sale of the property will create a number of new opportunities for GCF and those they serve around the world,” said Rev. Dennis McLain, president, GCF®.

The property housed a donation center and store and was home to the award-winning free international online learning program, GCFLearnFree. That program has been relocated to Durham. The store shut its doors for good on June 1.

While the press release didn’t include any details on the sale – and it doesn’t appear that the sale has been registered with the County yet either – we do know that its total assessed value was around $2.4 million.


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Ironworks Updates

Raleigh Ironworks, a mixed-use project from Grubb Ventures, will be seeking approval from the Board of Adjustment this week. The variance itself isn’t that interesting, but the case did shine a little more light on the future of this project.

The variance request included some updated numbers for the project: 150,000 square feet of office space, a 220 unit apartment building including 30,000 square feet of retail space, 20,000 square feet of restaurant space, and a 660 space parking deck. Compared to plans filed in October 2017, they’ve increased the amount of residential and retail, and slightly decreased the office space.

It doesn’t look like staffers took much of an issue with the request, and we can’t imagine it will be denied, allowing the project to move one step closer to construction. We wouldn’t be surprised to see permits issued by the end of the summer.



Cape Fear Seafood Opening

The Cape Fear Seafood Restaurant will be opening its first Raleigh location next week, taking over the space previously held by Lucky 32 at 832 Spring Forest Road.

This location is the first of three coming to the Raleigh area over the next three years. As the name implies, the main focus of the menu is seafood, although they do offer a variety of other options, including ground-chuck burgers and buffalo chicken sandwiches.

Wye Hill Kitchen and Brewing Opening

Wye Hill Kitchen will hold their grand opening on June 12 in the former home of the Boylan Bridge Brewpub at 201 S. Boylan Avenue.

In addition to being able to claim the “greatest view in the City” title, Wye Hill will be offering customers “rigorously good chef-driven bar food.”

Some examples of these dishes have been posted on the restaurant’s Instagram page, and include a unique spin on Shrimp + Grits and a “Cool Name” burger that’s made up of “a blend of Chuck and short rib, topped with our house made pub cheese, fried pickled okra, and bacon.”

Despite how many times Boylan Bridge Brewpub has shut down and reopened over the past few years, this is the first time it’s done so under a totally new brand and management team, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for this picturesque location.

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Plans filed for Seaboard Station

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Progress on The Wade

Scott Crawford’s Jolie should open this summer

Iris Coffee coming to Tucker Street

Flash House returning?

Mezeh Grill moving to Hillsborough Street

Rush Bowls opening soon

The Longview condo announced

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

To be featured in the Development Beat, contact business@itbinsider.com.




Plans Filed For Seaboard Station

When Seaboard Station was sold last year to D.C. developer PN Hoffman, the new owners announced a massive, $250 million expansion of the property.

Plans at the time called for 800,000 square feet of mixed-use space, made up of 650 apartments, 150 hotel rooms, and 90,000 square feet of new retail space and a total of 135,000 square feet at full build-out. The long-awaited Seaboard Station Harris Teeter never materialized, and the Cameron Village Harris Teeter reigned supreme.

PN Hoffman is taking the first steps towards making this massive mixed-use a reality. Site review plans were filed last week that most likely cover only the first phase of a multi-phase project. The plans call for a 7-story, 300,000+ SF building that will include 96 residential units and 150 hotel rooms. The plans also mention retail use, but no additional details are provided.

We’ll keep an eye out for any future site plans.


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Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine, which brilliantly decided to move from Seaboard Station to a new location in High Park Village last year, is ready to take you on some virtual wine tours of Europe’s hidden gems. Their summer series focuses on “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.



Progress On The Wade

Things are moving along at The Wade, the most anticipated condominium project in the history of Raleigh. The five-story building will consist of 29 residences that come in two-and three-bedroom floor plans.

ITB Insider can exclusively confirm that each residence in The Wade will contain a kitchen.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments at The Wade, including a video of ITBlake the intern testing out their dog washing station. Stay tuned.

Jolie To Open This Summer With Rooftop Seating

The News & Observer reported that Scott Crawford’s Jolie should open this summer. Jolie recently shared an update on their progress on Instagram.

Both The N&O and IndyWeek covered the hurdles that Scott Crawford had to overcome to simply get approval for rooftop dining at Jolie. Crawford was told by Raleigh’s planning department that the rooftop would need special approval from the Board of Adjustment.

Back in April, the IndyWeek reported that City Council member Stef Mendell expressed concerns over the noise levels of the restaurant. While Mendell lives in District E, she owns and rents out a condo about a block away from Jolie and decided to attend the BOA meeting to weigh in on the rooftop. She was the only person at the meeting to raise a concern about the noise. So that’s a cool way to spend your time.

According to the N&O, Crawford has hired Raleigh native Madison Tessener as chef de cuisine. We’re looking forward to checking this place out in the next few months.


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Iris Coffee Coming To Tucker St.

EatRaleigh shared a photo of what looks to be a new coffee shop coming to 725 Tucker Street in Glenwood South.

The Instagram for Iris Coffee Lab says it will be opening this summer. While EatRaleigh’s photo and the Instagram posts from Iris make it look like work is well underway on the new space, we weren’t able to find any relevant permits.

The space at 725 Tucker was previously home to Voda Boutique, which recently relocated to North Hills.


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Flash Back On Peace Street?

After more than five years in business, the Flash House bar on West Peace Street announced in January 2019 that it would be closing up shop and that the owners would be moving on. But have they?

A pair of permits from last week may point to the return of Flash House to its former home at 513 West Peace.

The permits’ descriptions read “alteration/The Flash House” and “addition/The Flash House exterior canopy addition,” and while it’s possible the name is being used as a placeholder for a different project entirely, we aren’t giving up hope yet.

We reached out to the one-time proprietor of Flash House, Jamie Saad, to get the inside scoop, but we haven’t yet heard back.

For those unfamiliar with the place, it self-described as a “proper bar, for proper villains, focused on the important things: Great Beer & Wine, Classic Liquor, Comfort, Atmosphere, and Exceptional Service.”



Mezeh Grill Coming To Hillsborough Street

Back in April, it was reported that the Mediterranean chain Mezeh Grill would be opening two locations in Raleigh; one in North Raleigh and another on Hillsborough Street.

It’s looking like the Hillsborough Street location could be opening sooner rather than later, as permits for the $168,552 renovation of the former home of Freshii – next to Chipotle – were issued last week to JCI Builders.

According to its website, “Mezeh Mediterranean Grill is a NoVA-founded gastronomic brand of fast-casual restaurants serving fresh, bold and natural flavors from the sun-drenched Mediterranean region. At the heart of Mezeh’s philosophy is a healthy respect for ingredients coupled with a desire to make fresh and natural food accessible to people from all walks of life.”

It goes on like that, but we’ll spare you.



Rush Bowls Grand Opening

Rush Bowls will hold its grand opening celebration on June 10th at their new home on Hillsborough Street.

Rush Bowls is ready to open after Milewski Construction completed work on the 738 square-foot space on the ground floor of 2811 Hillsborough.

Featuring smoothies and acai bowls, Rush Bowls is probably going to be a big hit with the nearby NC State crowd.

The Longview Condo Announced

The Longview condominium project was announced this week. Located adjacent to WakeMed on 2.5 acres that were once part of the historic Longview estate, The Longview will have 176 homes with prices starting at $185,000.

Real estate developer Michael Sandman is partnering with Andrew Sandman, Steve Simpson, and Randy N. Robertson to develop The Longview. The partners have developed other projects, including The Paramount (Glenwood South), The Cypress (North Raleigh), Providence Glen (Chapel Hill) and Chandler Place (North Hills).   

The Longview will offer suites ranging from 550 square feet (one bedroom, one bathroom) to 1,150 square feet (two bedrooms, two bathrooms). Amenities include controlled building access, gated parking garage, indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces, a swimming pool, co-working and social spaces, a fully equipped fitness facility, indoor bike racks, and more.  

The first phase of development, which includes 72 units, will start this summer and be ready to welcome residents in early 2021.   

Development Beat: Dove & Olive Opens In Five Points

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Dove & Olive Opens in Five Points

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

May 29th reader meetup event

A look at 301 Hillsborough

Cat Cafe coming to Raleigh

601 St. Mary’s project moves forward

Cava Grill Coming Soon to SOJO

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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Dove & Olive Opens In Five Points

Dove & Olive is now open at 233 Bickett Boulevard in Five Points.

According to their website, “Dove & Olive Mercantile is a rotating, curated collection of lifestyle inspired goods ranging from locally sourced items to products discovered through inspiring travel experiences. The core mission of the store is to facilitate relationships within our community by creating an environment that brings people closer together through offering inspiring products. Along with discovering new finds, patrons can enjoy down time in our coffee and tea lounge.”

The lounge area features an in-store PopUp Shop from the Raleigh Coffee Company.


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Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine is ready to take you on some virtual wine tours of Europe’s hidden gems this summer. Their summer series focuses on “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Here’s a great opportunity to sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.



Reader Meetup May 29th

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be joining some of the finest fellow media empires in town for a meetup on May 29th at Growler USA.

We’ll join Leo with DTRaleigh, Jennifer with Inbound Raleigh, and Jed Byrne with Oak City CRE, to talk about downtown Raleigh, transit, development, and more.

Check out the Facebook Event with more details. Growler USA is located at 314 South Blount Street.


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A Look At 301 Hillsborough

New renderings for the 301 Hillsborough project were recently released. The 20-story mixed-use development will be located next to Campbell Law School on Hillsborough Street.

These renderings were included in an otherwise dull “Administrative Alternative for Design” application filed by the developer.

Similar to the previous renderings, this project will include 20-story towers that will consist of offices, retail, residential units, and hotel use.

The plans also call for 136 residential units and 169 hotel rooms. Beyond noting that there will be 8,900 square-feet of “amenity space,” the site review documents don’t tell us much else. The project is expected to break ground this fall.


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Cat Cafe Coming To Raleigh

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Downtown Raleigh has seen an explosion of new businesses over the last several years, but until now we’ve been deprived of a hybrid cafe/cat lounge, where non-cat-owners can experience the joy of a feline friend slowly pushing their coffee mugs off the table.

That deprivation will soon come to an end, thanks to Purr Cup Cafe’s plans to open their newest location on Prospect Avenue just outside of downtown.

Purr Cup Cafe will reportedly be teaming up with Meow House Cat Rescue, and the store will connect “adoptable cats with their future forever homes.”

Our friends at York Properties helped Purr Cup find the perfect space for their new home.

The cafe is expected to open its doors in the late summer or early fall of 2019. Here’s hoping they’ll have a few black-footed cats looking for their new forever homes.

601 St. Mary’s Project Moves Forward

An expansion of the 8,755 square-foot office building at 601 St. Mary’s is seeking a number of minor exceptions from City design ordinances.

A site review plan was first filed for this planned expansion back in 2018; the project will remove 2,900 square feet of the existing building, and then add on 7,000 square feet of new space, bringing the building’s new total to 12,800 square feet.

The property will eventually be transformed from a conventional, one-story brick office building into a two-story, glass and brick modern-day office building from the architectural firm New City Design.

Update: we originally said the building was built in 1900. A few readers let us know that it was actually built in 1949 and finished in August of 1950. The building was constructed for the congregation of Beth Meyer Synagogue and used as a house of worship until 1983 when they moved to a new building in North Raleigh.

Photo from State Archives of North Carolina provided by Ian F.G. Dunn

For some reason, the tax record lists 1900 as the date the building was constructed. If Wake County can’t keep accurate records of their buildings then why are we even paying taxes?



Cava Grill Coming Soon to SOJO

Work has begun on the latest restaurant at SOJO, the new Wegmans-anchored shopping center off Wake Forest Road.

Cava Grill describes itself as a “growing Mediterranean culinary brand with a flavorful and healthy fast-casual restaurant experience” featuring customizable salads, grain bowls, pitas, and house-made juices.

Permits for the $350,000 “interior completion” of the 2,734 square-foot space were issued last week to Battino Contracting Solutions out of Virginia.

This will be Raleigh’s second location of Cava Grill. The other celebrated its grand opening at Cameron Village back in March.



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Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing to replace Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Seaboard Wine Tasting Event May 25

Residential mixed-use project planned for SOJO

Reader Meetup May 29th

Drive Shack closer to opening

Work begins on Rosewater Kitchen & Bar at North Hills

Downtown Days Inn begins transformation into Longleaf Hotel

Hillsborough Street gets more apartments

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

To be featured in the Development Beat, contact business@itbinsider.com.




Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing To Replace Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing will open soon in the former home of Boylan Bridge Brewpub. We consider this some of the best news ever.

We did some journalism and found that Wye Hill will offer craft beer and food. A deeper investigation led us to the discovery that “wye” is a railroad term. According to Wikipedia, a wye is a triangular joining arrangement of three rail lines with a railroad switch at each corner connecting to each incoming line.

Here’s a look from Bobby McFarland (no relation to Billy, hopefully) at what he and Chef de cuisine Kyle Fletcher have been working on at Wye Hill.

It sounds like they’ll be open in early June. You can follow Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing on Instagram @WyeHill to stay up to date.


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Seaboard Wine Tasting May 25

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday, May 25th. Join Scott Langston from Freedom Beverage from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Scott will be pouring an interesting selection of wines form Macedonia, Slovenia, Jumilla, Languedoc, and Touraine. All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case mix or match for you to take home and enjoy.



Residential Mixed-Use Project Planned for SOJO

A rezoning request could put a new apartment project within walking distance of the new Wegmans in SOJO.

While the rezoning case calls for a change of use from industrial to residential and a height increase to 12 stories, a deeper dive into the plans reveals that the developer, Riverbend Development, is only looking to build a five-story structure.

Riverbend purchased the 10-acre site at 819 East Six Forks Road last year from Sears for about $5 million. They believe the project will “encourage more live/work/play opportunities in this area by bringing more high density residential units into an evolving section of the Midtown area of the City.”

Reader Meetup May 29th

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be joining some of the finest fellow media empires in town for a meetup on May 29th at Growler USA.

We’ll join Leo with DTRaleigh, Jennifer with Inbound Raleigh, and Jed Byrne with Oak City CRE, to talk about downtown Raleigh, transit, development, and more.

Check out the Facebook Event with more details. Growler USA is located at 314 South Blount Street.


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Drive Shack Closer To Opening

Drive Shack should be opening its first Raleigh location soon. While corporate has never responded to any of our e-mails or phone calls, ABC Inspection Permits were recently issued for the complex.

Our guess is the grand opening date is about a month or so away, as ABC permits are one of the final steps taken before opening to the public.

The 63,885 SF, $8 million facility is being built by Ashland Construction and will be located on Corporate Center Drive in West Raleigh next to Interstate 40.


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Work Begins On Rosewater Kitchen & Bar At North Hills

Work is now underway on Rosewater, a Mediterranean restaurant from the Giorgios Group, in the old Bruegger’s space at North Hills. A set of permits were recently issued to local contracting firm Homework Enterprises.

The permits, which have a combined listed value of just under $250,000, describe the work to be performed as an “alteration” to the existing 2,071 square feet of space, and a 997 square foot addition for “dining area/storage.”

Although we don’t have a solid opening date yet for Rosewater, we imagine it will be sometime before the end of the year.



Downtown Days Inn Begins Transformation

Nearly five months after the downtown Days Inn on North Dawson was ushered into an eternal night, work has begun on the transformation of the 55-year-old structure into a boutique hotel known as the Longleaf Inn.

A trio of permits with a combined value of more than $300,000 were recently issued to the Northgate Group for work that will include a total renovation of the existing lobby, building-wide HVAC improvements, and corridor and bathroom alterations on the first floor.

The Northgate Group is still waiting on approval of an $800,000+ permit, applied for on March 29, that looks like it would cover the remainder of the required renovations. The new hotel will also feature a bar called the Longleaf Lounge.

Local developer Loden Properties had purchased the property at 300 N. Dawson in January of this year for $5 million, as well as the adjoining property for $1.5 million.



Hillsborough Street Gets More Apartments

A Charlotte-based real estate firm plans to finalize a long-running project: The Park/Ashe/Hillsborough Apartment Trilogy.

The project began in 2016, when FMW Realty filed plans for the 109 Park Apartments, a four-story, 87-unit student housing complex situated just behind the old IHOP. Construction on the project began in 2017 and wrapped up earlier this year.

A few weeks ago, permits were issued for the construction of two additional, adjacent complexes: 103 Park and 104 Ashe. According to plans filed in 2017, 104 Ashe Avenue will be a five-story, 17,665 square foot apartment building that will sit on a .24 acre lot. It will have 5 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom units.

103 Park will be a 3-story, 14,915 square foot apartment building that will include six one-bedroom units, six two-bedrooms and three three-bedrooms.

Liberty Oak construction was listed as the general contractor for 103 Park and 104 Ashe, which have a combined value of more than $3 million.

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Calavera opens in new location

Seaboard Wine tasting events

Work begins on Jolie

Two new tenants for Union Station

Sir Walter Raleigh Award Nominations

Just Salad coming to Lake Boone

New Social Security Office building coming to Raleigh

Work begins on Raleigh’s latest Lidl

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

To be featured in the Development Beat, contact business@itbinsider.com.




Calavera Opens In Former Home Of Moonlight Pizza

Calavera is now open in the former home of Moonlight Pizza. The empanada and tequila bar was previously located at 444 S. Blount Street until early 2018.

The restaurant closed in 2018 after being approached with an offer they couldn’t refuse. Co-owner Kenneth Yowell shared his thoughts at the time, “Our kitchen and its small size has kept us from really growing the menu and allowing us to change and add where we would like. We’ve entertained the idea of looking for a location more suited to what we want to do for awhile but have never found anything that matched our needs and wants. We were out of the blue approached with an offer to sell, and while we weren’t actively exploring that, with our new restaurants on the horizon we felt this was the best time to step away.”

Calavera had plans to move into the former home of Tasty 8’s on Fayetteville Street. Those plans changed and Calavera found a new home in the space at 615 West Morgan Street.

After holding a pop-up on Cinco de Mayo, the restaurant is now open for dinner and will be open for lunch in the next few weeks. We’re confident they’ll do well in their new home.


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Seaboard Wine Events

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting Giuseppe LoCascio of GLC Wines this Thursday, May 16th from 7:15 – 8:30 pm.

As the nephew of the famous Leonardo LoCascio, Giuseppe grew up in Sicily entrenched in wine culture and knows every aspect of the business. Giuseppe works as the export manager for fifteen wineries. Come join Seaboard Wine for a seated, guided tasting with one of the best dressed men in the business. Tickets are $25.

A free wine tasting will be held this Saturday, May 18th. Join Claire Allan of Huia Vineyards, New Zealand from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Claire Allan and her husband, Mike, own Huia Vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand. They produce superb organic wines under both the Huia and Hunky Dory Labels. Claire will be at Seaboard Wine pouring a range from sparkling to white to red during the free Saturday tasting.


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Work Begins On Jolie

Work is now underway on Jolie, a classical French restaurant from five-time James Beard Award semi-finalist Scott Crawford that will be located on 620 North Person Street.

Crawford announced plans for the new restaurant in the summer of 2018, and we were able to take a look at some renderings of the space a few months later.

One of the most visible changes to the existing building will be the addition of a new rooftop terrace seating area, which is called out specifically in the permits that were recently issued.

The $177,388 renovation is being handled by Southeastern Properties & Development out of Sanford, and will also include significant upgrades to the building’s exterior, including new doors, windows, lights, and paint schemes.

Offering classic French dishes including rabbit cassoulet, souffles, steak frites, scrambled duck eggs, and more, Jolie is named after Crawford’s daughter and set to open next door to his existing restaurant, Crawford & Son. An opening date has not been announced, but we imagine it will be some time later this year.



Two New Tenants For Union Station

Union Station will be getting two new tenants, ORA Architecture and SpecOne Specified Systems.

ORA Architecture is a commercial architecture firm in Raleigh that serves clients across the Southeast region. ORA Architecture, P.A., intends to utilize the space for office purposes and will occupy 1,211 square feet of space located on the Grand Hall (Suite 108-A).

SpecOne Specified Systems is a local company that supports the design and construction industry by offering both interior and exterior products from nationally recognized manufacturers. SpecOne Specified Systems intends to utilize the space for office purposes and will occupy 777 square feet of space located on the Grand Hall (Suite 108-B).

The lease spaces will be located in the far east end on the main floor of Raleigh Union Station. Two additional prime retail spaces remain available on the main floor. Raleigh’s Wine & Design is in the process of relocating its corporate headquarters to Union Station.

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



Nominations Open For Sir Walter Raleigh Awards

Nominations are now open for The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards. You are more than welcome to nominate ITB Insider for any of these awards, which recognize outstanding new contributions to the character, environment, and appearance of the City of Raleigh.

Award categories include: Residential, Commercial, Rehabilitation /Historic Preservation, Education, Public Facilities, Public Spaces, Landscape Design and Community Impact.

This is your chance to recognize any individuals or projects that have contributed excellent design to our city. Nominations are now being accepted through June 14th at 5:00 p.m. Anyone can submit a nomination through a quick and easy web form that can be found on the Sir Walter Raleigh Awards website.


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Just Salad Coming To Lake Boone

If you’re the type that would prefer a salad over one of Guasaca’s delicious Arepas, well, we’ve got good news for you. Just Salad will soon be making its way to the Marketplace at Lake Boone.

The Mrketplace at Lake Boone is already home to a number of much better dining options, including Buffalo Brothers, Vic’s Italian Restaurant and Pizza, Which Which, and the aforementioned Guasaca.

Permits issued to R.E. Crawford Construction indicate Just Salad will be moving into a 1,785 square-foot space right next to Guasaca that was previously occupied by HealthSource of Lake Boone Trail, a chiropractor’s office.

The $131,025 renovation is described simply as an interior alteration, and while we imagine less work is required for a salad joint than a restaurant for normal humans, it’s probably going to take a bit of work to turn a former doctor’s office into an eatery.

New Social Security Office Building Coming to Raleigh

The one-time home of the Cokesbury United Methodist Church on Poole Road may soon be transformed into a glistening, two-story office building.

Rooker, a Georgia-based development firm, filed site review plans detailing their intent to construct the OHO Raleigh, a two-story, 46,464 square-foot office building with underground parking.

Although the plans describe the project as a “Federal Government Office Building,” they don’t specify which branch of the government it will house. A quick Google search for “OHO Federal Government Office” turns up the Social Security Administration’s “Office of Hearings Operations,” which handles disability hearings.

We don’t want to say for certain this will be its intended purpose – Rooker develops office buildings for all sorts of federal agencies – and besides, Raleigh already has a “SSA Disability Adjudication and Review Office” in Raleigh, on Falls of Neuse.

As for the building itself, the plans don’t contain much information on the office space but they do go into great detail on the site’s new landscaping: 34 “shade” trees and 49 evergreen shrubs – Blue Cascade distylium shrubs, to be exact.

Work Begins on Raleigh’s Latest Lidl

It’s been more than two years since we first reported on Lidl’s acquisition of land in North Raleigh, and now work is finally underway on Raleigh’s second location of the German discount grocery chain.

The new 29,114 square-foot store will be situated at 4115 Buffaloe Road at the intersection with North New hope. The store is being built by the EMJ Corporation out of Tennessee for a cool $3 million.

Lidl (pronounced lee-dil) opened its first Raleigh location in November of 2017 on Wake Forest Road just outside the beltline, and immediately set itself apart from that *other* discount German grocery chain, Aldi.

At the time, I reported that “the store was bright, clean and modern, with an aesthetic that seemed more borrowed from Ikea than Aldi’s apparent muse of a 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.”

We imagine the same will be true for the new Buffaloe Road location, and if the construction turnaround time is anything like it was for the first store, it could be open by the end of this year.

Development Beat: New Tenants and Hours for Transfer Co. Food Hall

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Transfer Co. Food Hall unveils new tenants and hours

Seaboard Wine tasting event on May 11th

Moore Square grand opening date set

New tapas bar open in former Taste space

Work begins on Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls at North Hills

Changes coming to Oak Park Shopping Center

State seeks designer for massive new DHHS campus

Home2Suites hotel coming soon to Crabtree

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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Transfer Co. Food Hall Unveils New Tenants, New Hours

Transfer Co. Food Hall will expand their hours and begin holding events leading up to their grand opening later this summer. They recently announced two new tenants (Mama Crow’s, Alimentari by Left Bank), an expanded Burial Beer can shop, a ballroom/event space, and a coworking hall.

Starting on May 7th, the new hours will be:
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

We’ve compiled a thorough list of the restaurants, along with incredibly detailed descriptions of what they’ll offer.

Alimentari at Left Bank: Italian. Pasta by the pound.

Mama Crow’s: salads, burgers, house-made cheeses, fries.

Longleaf Swine: barbecue

Bul Box: Asian cuisine

Locals Seafood Market & Oyster Bar: Oysters. Seafood.

Burial Beer Co.: Beer

Benchwarmers Bagels: Bagels. Bread. Coffee. A collaboration from the masterminds behind Jubala Coffee and Boulted Bread.

Che Empanadas: Argentine-style baked empanadas

Chhote’s: Mumbai street-food

Captain Cookie and The Milkman: cookies, shakes, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches

Dank Burrito: tacos, burritos, bowls

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: an urban farm cultivated in large shipping containers

Burial Beer will expand its current 670 square-foot hallway to 2,000 square feet, linking the connection between the food hall and Longleaf Swine BBQ.

A rentable 3,000-square-foot ballroom/event space is now accepting bookings. The space can accommodate gatherings from a five-person luncheon to a 350-person concert — all with catering access to the food hall. The event space will also offer live music, pop-ups, artisan markets, and community activities.

A 50+ desk coworking hall with three levels of membership is also planned.

Transfer Co. will host a series of activities in May and June, including guest chef appearances, pop-ups, and musical performances. They plan to hold a grand opening by late summer of 2019.


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Wine Tasting At Seaboard Wine May 11th

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday, May 11th. Join Mark Vlossak of St. Innocent Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Mark Vlossak started St. Innocent in an industrial storage space in Salem, Oregon. He makes exceptional Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir which will be featured during the Saturday tasting.

Now through Mother’s Day, Seaboard Wine is offering a selection of six FREE bottle gift wrap options. Remember, Seaboard Wine is ITB’s exclusive retailer for ITBlessed wine glasses (perfect for Mother’s Day)!


Moore Square Grand Opening Date Set

As if serving as this columnist’s birthday month wasn’t enough to mark August as the best of them all, the City of Raleigh announced last week that Moore Square will officially be reopening on August 3, 2019.

The Grand Opening Ceremony will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and feature a “plethora of activities that highlight the unique slate of programs and events planned for the Square. There will be vendors, entertainers, activities and Moore!”

In addition, Artsplosure will be curating an art market, and a hands on project by Kid Lab will be on display. The event will feature performances from bands such as Raleigh Rockers, Oak City Voices, Sandbox Band, Shiloh Hill, and, for some reason, Ja Rule.

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced that they were working with the city to “produce a Moore Square Market,” described as a new farmers market that will open June 5th. The temporary new location in City Market will move to Moore Square Park when the renovations are complete. The market will be open every Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm through October 16th.


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Uninhibited Opens In Former Home Of Taste

The Triangle Food Guy recently reported that a new tapas-style bar, Uninhibited, is now open at the former home of Taste on Medlin Drive.

According to its website, Uninhibited is more than a simple tapas restaurant: “Chef Goldberg has always been fascinated by crossing culinary boundaries whether by technique, ingredients, or both. Out of this idea the concept of being uninhibited was born. In other words, the genre of this restaurant is that there is no genre and no boundaries.”

They’ll be open 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Monday – Thursday, 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday, and closed on Sundays.



Work Begins On Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls At North Hills

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls should open later this year in North Hills. The seafood franchise offers authentic Maine lobster rolls, served in a roll, in bisque, on salad, or with mac and cheese.

Permits were recently issued to Management Resource Systems for the “first time interior completion” of a 1,538 square foot space at 4121 Main at North Hills, next to Bartaco. The renovation will cost just under $110,000.

Mason’s has seven other locations in Maryland, Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia.



Changes Coming To Oak Park Shopping Center

The Oak Park Shopping Center on Glenwood Avenue will soon be expanding with the addition of a two-story, 8,727 square-foot retail building.

Architectural renderings indicate an addition will be built onto the side of an existing retail building. Plans also call for the building’s facade to be freshened up. The addition will include a number of high-end accoutrements, including decorative railings, structural columns, herringbone brick, black, standing seam metal roofing.

Located at 6005 Glenwood Avenue, the Oak Park Shopping Center was originally built in 1965, and includes a number of popular retailers and restaurants, including The Peddler Steak House, FRESH, Local Ice Cream, Capitol Comics II, and Casa Carbone.

We don’t know what new shops this addition will bring, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes open for the fit-out permits.


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State Seeks Designer For Massive New DHHS Campus

The State of North Carolina is seeking a design team that will help to design and develop a new campus for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Located on a 36-acre parcel of land off Blue Ridge Road (near the art museum) the campus will be built out in two phases. The first phase will support the relocation of about 2,299 DHHS employees from the Dorothea Dix Campus, and will include approximately 420,000 gross square feet of new office buildings.

The second phase will bring in about 2,000 more DHHS staffers, and involve an expansion to the Phase I buildings, along with internal site streetscapes with amenities.

Home2Suites Hotel Coming To Crabtree

Long-term visitors to the Crabtree Valley area will soon have a new option for lodging: a Home2 Suites by Hilton.

Home2 Suites is a mid-range extended-stay hotel that offers suite-style rooms that come with small kitchens and a full-size refrigerator.

The chain currently operates a location near the RDU Airport, and its new location will likely face stiff competition from the nearby Candlewood Suites, another mid-range extended-stay brand.

Site review plans for “Home2 Crabtree” were filed recently by a subsidiary of RK Investors, a Charlotte firm that “invests in hotels, single family and multi-family residential new developments and acquisitions.”

The five-story, 130-room hotel is proposed to be built on an empty lot at 2101 Century Drive, more or less directly across Glenwood from the Hilton Garden Inn.

Development Beat: The Flourish Market Moving and Expanding, Bird Scooters Sticking Around

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The Flourish Market is moving and expanding

Updates on The Wade

Residential project planned for Blount Street

Bird scooters sticking around for summer

Citrix Cycle ribbon cutting ceremony this week

Two Roosters opens on Person Street

Groove In The Garden announced

New GlenLake office building planned

More apartments for Crabtree

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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The Flourish Market Is Flourishing

The Flourish Market announced that they will be relocating from their Glenwood South location at 713 Tucker to a new space in the Warehouse District. They will also be launching The Locality, a co-working space for female entrepreneurs.

The new shop, set to open May 31, will be three times larger than the current Tucker Street location. According to the shop’s owners, the new 3,500 square foot location at 307 W. Martin Street will offer “double the world changing selection of everything: clothes, jewelry, bags, and accessories. A huge new “gifties” section: unique + meaningful finds for every woman in your life” and much more.

They’ll also be adding a coffee lounge that is a “serve yourself, donation based system” where the donations go to a different local nonprofit each month.

The Locality co-working space will launch on June 3rd and will serve as a hub for 50 triangle based female entrepreneurs.

You can read more details about the expansion on their blog. It’s great to see a local business not only succeeding, but flourishing to the point it needs to expand to a space three times the size.



The Wade Springs Forward

Our friends over at Beacon Street Development just released one of the hottest videos of 2019. Featuring updates on The Wade, their condominium project located on Wade Avenue, this video has it all.


We last checked in on the progress in December, and things seem to be moving along on schedule.

There are still a few residences available, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll be neighbors with ITBlake.


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Residential Project Planned For Blount Street

The long-vacant Carolina Coach site at 1201 S. Blount Street could finally be getting a new tenant: a five-story housing complex with rooftop terraces.

Stanley Martin Homes has filed a rezoning request for the 3.86-acre site at 1201 and 1208 S. Blount Street that would change the allowed development from industrial mixed-use with a cap of three stories, to a “Planned Development.”

The planned development designation would allow for up to 10,000 square-feet of ground-floor retail space, and would cap the maximum number of residential units at 100.

According to the rezoning documents, the property is “located within the ‘focal point’ of the South Park Small Area Plan, which encourages residential and commercial uses in order to create a neighborhood focal point and an economic development opportunity for the South Park area.”

Located less than half a mile from the center of downtown, the new development would also “diversify the available housing options in the area,” and would bring “neighborhood retail to serve the local community.”

No word yet on when construction will begin on the new Carolina Coach Planned Development, but considering it needs to get rezoning approval, then site review plan approval, etc. etc., we imagine it’s at least two years out at this point.



The Birds of Summer

The Birds are back in town, sort of. After being shunned by the Raleigh City Council, Bird had planned to pull their electric scooters from the Raleigh market on April 30th.

In late March, The News & Observer reported that both Bird and Lime planned to leave Raleigh as a result of regulations created by the City of Raleigh. Those rules capped the number of scooters that each company could offer at 500, and set a fee of $300 per scooter (most cities charge the companies fees from $50-$150 per scooter).

The city also asked companies to submit proposals to operate scooters in Raleigh after July 1. Five companies (Bolt, Gotcha, Lyft, Spin, and VeoRide) submitted proposals. Bird and Lime did not submit proposals.

Bird released a statement saying: “Unfortunately, Raleigh city officials refuse to amend their burdensome regulations on e-scooter providers, and it no longer makes sense for us to provide our service under the city’s restrictive leadership. Our time in Raleigh must come to a close, but we hope to return in the future when city officials are ready to be more amenable to our business and industry as well as the needs of their constituents.”

In a stunning turn of events, Bird announced this week that they will continue to operate in Raleigh through the end of July.

Love them or hate them, Bird scooters will be in Raleigh for a few more months.



Citrix Cycle Ribbon Cutting This Week

Photo: @CitrixCycle

In other transportation news, Citrix Cycle will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this Thursday at Union Station.

The long-awaited bike share program is now up and running. You can find more details on the location of stations, pricing, and more on the Citrix Cycle website.


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Two Roosters Celebrates Grand Opening

After opening in the Summer of 2018 as a “pop-up” shop in the Person Street Plaza, Two Roosters Ice Cream celebrated the official grand opening of their second brick and mortar location over the weekend.

The space, once home to Lumina Clothing, had been closed for renovations since last summer. The $90,000 renovation of the 1,329 square-foot space was handled by Heritage Construction out of Raleigh.

Two Roosters was started in 2014, and for years operated solely as a food truck and as a stand in left field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. In 2017, Two Roosters opened its first brick and mortar shop at Greystone Village off of Lead Mine Road.


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Groove In The Garden Lineup Announced

Our friends at Raleigh Little Theatre have announced the lineup for this year’s Groove In The Garden. Held in the Stephenson Amphitheater at the Rose Garden, the festival will feature eight live performances on two stages.

The festival will celebrate its fifth year when it returns on Saturday, September 21st. Advance tickets are $15, day of tickets are $20, an advanced four pack of tickets is $45, and kids 5 and under get in free. Tickets are available at grooveinthegarden2019.eventbrite.com

We can’t confirm or deny a special appearance by Earth, Wind, and Fire, who will perform one of the top 5 greatest songs of all time.


MAIN STAGE LINEUP:

700pm: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – (Outlaw Country)

545pm: Kooley High – (Hip Hop)

430pm: Hot at Nights 17 Piece Orchestra – (Jazz)

315pm: Urban Soil – (Americana, Rock, Soul)

200pm: Arson Daily – (Alternative Rock)

GARDEN STAGE LINEUP

515pm: CaseyMagic – (Punk Rock Magic)

400pm: Clint Roberts – (Modern Americana)

245pm: Into The Fog – (Newgrass)

Groove in the Garden is produced in partnership by The Pour House Music Hall and Raleigh Little Theatre and is sponsored by Mims Distributing Company, Foothills Brewing Company, Citrix, GoRaleigh, O2 Fitness, Alamo Drafthouse, WKNC, Logan’s Garden Center, Raleigh Heating & Air, 2112 Percussion, Sonitrol Security, Weaver Street Market, Monarch Realty Co, UNation & Unleashed the Dog & Cat Store.

New GlenLake Office Building Planned

Site work is now wrapping up for GlenLake Seven, which will actually be the fifth office building in the GlenLake Office Park.

According to a pre-leasing flier, GlenLake Seven will encompass “125,000 square feet of Class A space with highly efficient floor plates and beautiful park views.”

Each of the building’s five stories offers about 26,000 square feet in available office space (the first floor has only 23,000 available), and tenants will be able to utilize covered parking.

Although we were a bit confused as to why the fifth building was dubbed number seven, it turns out the existing buildings are numbered one, four, five, and six. As seven total buildings are planned for the office park, it’s likely the future buildings will be numbered two and three.

Sitescapes, LLC was listed as the site work contractor for GlenLake VII on a set of permits issued last week.

More Apartments For Crabtree

A new apartment building is coming to the crowded Valley of Crabtree.

Site review plans filed by Cresleigh Homes out of California call for a 5-story, 300,520 square-foot building that will include 149 residential units: 92 one-bedrooms and 57 two-bedrooms. 310 parking spots will be provided.

Designed by JDavis Architects, it appears that Cresleigh will be priced at the higher end of the rental spectrum. The Cresleigh will be built on a 4.92 acre lot at 5301 Homewood Banks Drive, behind the mall and near the McDonald’s.

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Is Fosters returning?

NC Courage Event at Union Station Thursday, April 25th (buy tickets to the Women’s ICC)

New building planned at Meredith

Uncle Julio’s restaurant coming to Crabtree

Restaurant coming to former Burger King on Hillsborough Street

South Street getting a Mini-Mart

Year-Over-Year rent increases higher than average in Raleigh

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Is Fosters Returning?

We have received countless text messages and questions regarding the recent work being done at the former home of Felson’s (Fosters + Nelson’s).

It’s like looking into the Titanic for the first time.

Is Fosters coming back? Are they preparing for another block party? Is the dance floor being remodeled?

Sadly, Felson’s is not returning. The headline we used is called “clickbait.” It’s supposed to attract clicks, even though it can sometimes be misleading. But hey, that’s showbiz baby!

What’s actually going on is a massive renovation project at Raleigh’s most beloved Harris Teeter. Many years ago, Harris Teeter took over the space that was once home to Felson’s. They are now gutting Felson’s as part of a larger renovation to the store.

More than 20 separate permits were issued to Ashland Construction for the project. The total combined value for the 24 renovation permits comes to a staggering $5,239,200, or roughly one snow day’s worth of sales at Harris Teeter. We’ll have a separate post that details the changes coming to the CVHT in a few weeks. Yes, there are rumors of a pizza island, and yes, they are true.

We realize a lot of you are in a state of shock and/or mourning right now after thinking Fosters was possibly returning. We’ll leave you with this;


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International Champions Cup Event At Union Station Plaza Thursday

The International Champions Cup (ICC) is coming to North Carolina on August 15th and 18th, and the NC Courage are ready to defend their title. This Thursday, April 25th, the NC Courage will join fans at Union Station Plaza to celebrate the upcoming tournament.

From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, fans can meet the players, get autographs, play games, and more. The event will also serve as a celebratory sendoff for Courage players departing to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

Held on August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park, the Women’s ICC will feature four of the top clubs in the world, including the NC Courage (who won the tournament in 2018), Olympique Lyonnais, Manchester City, and Atlético de Madrid.

This year’s Women’s ICC, considered the premier women’s international club tournament, will feature two official Women’s ICC ambassadors, World Cup winner and three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Heather O’Reilly (NC Courage) and the first ever Ballon d’Or Féminin winner Ada Hegerberg (Olympique Lyonnais).

Fans can purchase tickets for the Women’s ICC at the event on Thursday. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 26th. Use code ITBSOCCER to purchase tickets early, starting at 10:00 am on April 25th. Buy tickets here.

In addition to their 2018 Women’s ICC championship, the Courage won the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) championship and the 2018 NWSL Shield (an annual award given to the team with the best regular season record). The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, in partnership with Relevent Sports Group, the owner and operator of the Women’s International Champions Cup, will host the event with the North Carolina Courage.



Meredith Expands Communication and Exercise and Sport Science Programs

Meredith College announced that its Board of Trustees had approved “construction of a new academic building on the College’s Hillsborough Street campus.” The vote took place at a meeting held March 20-21, 2019.

According to the press release, the new facility will be constructed near the Weatherspoon Gymnasium/Lowery Fitness Center, and “will replace Weatherspoon Annex, providing new, cutting-edge instructional space for Meredith’s growing communication and exercise and sports science programs.”

The release goes on to note that enrollment in Meredith’s “undergraduate communication and exercise and sports science programs has increased by 29% and 52% respectively” since 2011. Construction is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2020.


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New Restaurant To Replace McCormick & Schmick’s

For the longest time, we thought McCormick & Schmick’s was a law firm. Apparently, it was a seafood restaurant, but none of that matters because it’s gone now. Uncle Julio’s, a high-end chain specializing in made-from-scratch menu items, will soon be moving into the space previously occupied by McCormick & Schmick’s.

A pair of permits with a combined value of more than $625,000 were issued to the Florida-based construction firm RCC Associates for the fit-out of the 8,527 sq. ft. restaurant and accompanying 132 sq. ft. entryway. Uncle Julio’s recently opened its first North Carolina location at the Streets at Southpoint in Durham.


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Hillsborough Street Burger King to Become Vietnamese Restaurant

For more than 20 years, the building at 3701 Hillsborough Street served as a Burger King. Since the King left the building at some point in late 2016/early 2017, the longtime restaurant has sat vacant, its signage stripped away but its surroundings well kept.

The property was eventually sold in February 2019 to a well-regarded physician living in Raleigh, who will be turning the place into the Hieubowl Vietnamese Kitchen.

Permits were issued for the $136,284 transformation of the 2,324 square-foot space into a Vietnamese restaurant. The work is being handled by SBC Contracting Inc. out of Wake Forest.

South Street Mini-Mart

Our friend Dan Meyer recently shared a photo on Twitter showing a banner advertising a new Mini-Mart coming to South Street in what looked to be the Extra Space Storage Building.

An ABC Inspection Permit – typically one of the final bureaucratic hurdles a business owner is required to jump through if they intend on selling booze to the public – was issued for the space last week. While this isn’t definitive proof that the new South Street Mini-Mart will be open by, say, the end of the month, we’d say it’s still a pretty safe bet.

Renovations had begun on the space back in February after US Structures Corp received a permit valued at just under $75,000 for the interior alteration for a new convenience store.

Raleigh Rent Increases Outpace National Average

Our friends over at RentCafe put out a report detailing the average year-over-year rent increases across the country; on average, rents in March 2019 were up 3.2% over March of 2018.

Raleigh and several surrounding cities exceeded this national average with Cary leading the pack at a 5.2% increase, followed by Durham at 5.1%, and finally Raleigh at 4.5%.

Development Beat: Wegmans Announces Opening Date, A Place At the Table Expanding

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Wegmans announces September opening

Captrust Tower is for sale

Morgan Street Food Hall adds new vendor

City to lease back buildings at Dix Park

Brew opening in McNeill Pointe

Convention Center set for interior upgrade

A Place at the Table expanding

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Wegmans Announces September Opening

The highly-anticipated Wegmans grocery store has finally announced an opening date for its location at SOJO (Midtown East Shopping Center).

The store recently announced an opening date of September 29th, 2019. While we’re interested to see why people are so obsessed with Wegmans, we’re disappointed that they didn’t choose September 21st as an opening date in order to incorporate Earth, Wind, & Fire’s classic “September” into their marketing efforts.

The “smaller-than-average” Wegmans – just over 100,000 square feet – will be located at the back of the property located off Wake Forest Road. Wegmans is part of a new shopping center that will include about 21 retail and restaurant spaces and a 700 space parking deck.


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Captrust Tower For Sale

The Triangle Business Journal reported that the 17-story CAPTRUST Tower is for sale, with CBRE handling the transaction.

Built in 2009, the 300,000 square-foot mixed-use building is described in North Hills promotional material as, “9 stories of premier office space atop a 6-level parking deck and exciting street-level restaurant tenants like Yard House and World of Beer.”

The property was last sold in 2013 for $98 million to KBS Realty. The Triangle Business Journal says estimates for this new sale are as high as $150 million, a reportedly record-breaking number. We estimate the sale could be as high as $1 billion dollars, depending on the IQ of the buyer.


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Morgan Street Food Hall Adds New Vendor

YoHo Hibachi & Sushi Burritos is the newest vendor to join Morgan Street Food Hall. We received an exclusive tip about this story from Melinda Jackson, the best publicist inside the beltline.

Offering contemporary Chinese dishes and Japanese sushi, YoHo will be located at the far end of the food hall next to Sassool Select. They’ll offer signature dishes such as their Hawaiian Burrito, Hibachi Steak, and much more at their grand opening April 18th – 21st, with the first 20 customers each day receiving their meal for free.

“We are so excited to bring our signature, fan favorite YoHo dishes from our Cary location to the Food Hall,” said owner Kenny Wang.” This is just one of the many new additions to the Food Hall, with more to be announced soon.


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City To Lease Back Buildings At Dix Park

City Council today will receive an update on the status on the plan to “lease back” 5.41 acres of property at Dix Park that includes 13 unoccupied structures.

The structures include the All Faiths Chapel, three stone houses, a greenhouse, six cottages and two “historic” houses. The staff memo describes the City’s proposed plans for these structures. The chapel, for instance, will “stay for a future park contributing use” although it currently has “multiple code compliant issues and does not meet the City of Raleigh’s Park, Recreation and Cultural Resources standards for public use.”

Six cottages will be torn down, as they have been abandoned and are out of safety compliance. Before anyone goes chaining themselves to these structures to prevent their removal, here’s some legitimate reasons why the buildings are being removed.

According to The News and Observer reporter Anna Johnson, “The six cottages that are being recommended for demolition would need new roofs, lead treatment, asbestos abatement and more “life-safety” work.”

The greenhouse is also set for removal, since it is “not functioning and has been abandoned for several years” and would be quite costly to renovate and repair.

Our only hope is that the park works to implement more dinosaur themed attractions.


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Brew Coming To McNeill Pointe

The popular coffee shop Brew is opening a location in McNeill Pointe this summer. We discovered this news from our friend Triangle Explorer on Twitter. 

We did some investigative journalism and found this post on the Brew Instagram account

“We are thrilled to announced another expansion! We could not pass up the opportunity to grow alongside an amazing community and we are pumped to fill in the final component of this amazing center. Walkable from some awesome neighborhoods, right around the corner from Joyner Elementary, and super convenient to everyone traveling through downtown Raleigh we hope this shop brings as much excitement to the community as it has to us in the planning phase!

Opening in Summer 2019 in McNeill Pointe off of Wake Forest Rd. (2310 Bale Street, Raleigh, NC 27608)”



Convention Center Set For Interior Upgrade

The Raleigh Convention Center wants to hire an interior designer. In an effort to “enhance the interior of RCC, using art and science, to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for our patrons” the Convention Center has put out a request for proposal.

According to the RFP, the project will be a “multi-year multi-phased implementation” that begins with a “detailed long-term vision for the interior spaces.” We are interested to see how these improvements enhance the Convention Center, which opened in 2008. We strongly recommend that they hire ITBlake, who has experience in flipping homes in Five Points.

ITBlake Flips A House

Attention: ITBlake the intern has been working very hard on flipping a house in Five Points. (This is a real house that is for sale.) Please comment and give ITBlake a rating of 1-4 (4 being the best) on how he did. We need feedback as part of his internship. Thank you! Full story: http://www.itbinsider.com/itblake-flips-a-house/

Posted by ITB Insider on Monday, May 14, 2018


A Place At the Table Expanding

A Place at the Table recently announced that they will be expanding next door and building a full kitchen.

From a recent Instagram post, “YALL, it’s official. We are completing our Table!! We are expanding next door and building a full kitchen! Thank you ALL for making this happen and thank you for all the support you’ve given & will continue to give to our community! WE COULD NOT DO THIS WITHOUT YOU!”

Last November, Founder and Executive Director Maggie Kane shared her story behind bringing the pay-what-you-can restaurant to life on the TODAY Show:

In addition to the volunteers, A Place at the Table received support from partners including: York Properties, Plan A Architecture, Kevin Israel, Venture Law, Riley-Lewis General Contractors, Bagchi Law, bu•ku, so•ca, and more.



Music for Me Fine Tickets Available

Only 60 tickets remain for this year’s Music for Me Fine, featuring Raleigh-born musical ensemble New Reveille. Purchase tickets here.

New Reveille hails from Raleigh and was named by Rolling Stone as one the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” in 2018. Their 2018 album “The Keep” was a critical and commercial success and the group has played to sold out audiences.

Bring your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and more out for an evening of fellowship, music, and raising funds that will provide hope to families whose children are receiving care at Duke, UNC, and WakeMed Children’s Hospitals.

For 15 years, the Me Fine Foundation has provided financial assistance and emotional support to families who are navigating their child’s medical crisis.



Brewgaloo Tickets Available

Tickets are available for the best beer festival in the United States. No seriously, Raleigh’s Brewgaloo was named the top beer festival in the U.S. by the USA Today. Brewgaloo will be held on April 26th and April 27th in downtown Raleigh.

Brewgaloo features craft breweries from North Carolina and partners with local food trucks, local vendors, and local bands. Friday night will be a sampler event from 6-10pm. The event on Saturday is from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm and will feature 100+ NC Breweries, 50+ Food Trucks, dozens of local vendors, and bands. Drink tickets will be sold in advance and are available for purchase at the festival. Purchase your tickets here.

Development Beat: Five Points Signs Peace Treaty With Hayes Barton Baptist

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Five Points Neighbors and Hayes Barton Baptist Church save homes

Lonerider 10th Anniversary

2811 Hillsborough To Add Rush Bowls Restaurant

New Shopping Center Planned for New Bern Avenue

Slice Pie Co. & Sweet Water NY Ice Opening on Martin Street

Chick-Fil-A at Townridge Set for Kitchen Expansion

Artists’ Studio Planned for Sunnybrook Drive

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Three Five Points Houses Saved After Peace Treaty Is Signed

Residents of Five Points are feeling ITBlessed after the signing of an agreement that will save three of the infamous six homes on White Oak Road that Hayes Barton Baptist Church had planned to remove.

In March 2018, Hayes Barton Baptist announced expansion plans that called for the removal of six residential properties (owned by HBBC) on White Oak. Neighbors launched the “Save Six” movement to voice their concerns, and started a Change.org petition that was signed by more than 1,200 people.

Five Points Neighbors, an initiative designed to fight for the integrity of the Five Points community, made an announcement about the agreement this week. According to an exclusive press release that we obtained, the following commitments have been made:

The Church will remove only three houses (1806, 1810, 1812), and include an attractive landscaping barrier between White Oak Road and the new parking lot.

The Church will not remove or demolish the remaining houses (1814, 1816, 1818) and commits that it will not do so for at least ten years.

The Church intends to use the remaining houses for affordable housing, and will work with the Five Points Neighbors Coalition to support the program.

The Church will develop a White Oak Road parking entrance/exit that will include a gate to restrict the flow of traffic, other than for Sunday service, Wednesday service, and other major events (e.g., weddings, funerals, school events).

The Church will develop and implement procedures to regulate the flow of traffic onto White Oak Road from this exit following the Sunday worship service.

The Church will join in the White Oak Road neighbors’ efforts to implement traffic calming measures on the one-way portion of White Oak Road, including but not limited to speed humps and other signage.

“Today represents a very important milestone for us and our Five Points community,” said Vernon Hunter, Five Points Neighbors liaison and resident. “This process wasn’t easy. We, alongside our Church neighbors, worked diligently to come up with a proposal that met their needs while ensuring that the integrity of our community was not neglected. We are still overwhelmed by the support shown to us over the past year, and ask that our community continues to remain an ally as we navigate the next steps of this agreement.”

HBBC and Five Points Neighbors will continue to work closely together on next steps. Implementation of the agreed-upon plan will also be contingent on required governmental approvals.


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Lonerider 10th Anniversary

Lonerider Brewery is hosting its 10th Anniversary Party on Sunday, April 14th. They’ll be debuting new beers on tap, bringing back an old fan favorite, food trucks, a pop up mini golf course, and more.

20% of all proceeds from food trucks will go back to Triangle Beagle Club, who will be hosting their 4th Annual Beers for Beagles event the same day.

More details can be found on their website.

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Rushing to Hillsborough Street

A quick-service restaurant chain focusing on healthy fruit and granola based offerings will soon open its newest location on the ground floor of the 2811 Hillsborough Street Apartments.

For the uninitiated, “Rush Bowls” start out with blended fruit, to which the restaurant adds “nutrients, protein, juice or milk and an assortment of decadent yet wholesome ingredients. We top things off with crumbles of crunchy granola & a drizzle of the most delicious honey you’ve ever tasted.”

It’s described as a “complete meal-in-a-bowl” that will “satisfy your hunger and fuel your life …whatever your RUSH might be!” Sounds pretty Xtreme!

The $143,000 fit-out of the 738 square-foot space will be handled by Milewski Construction Company.

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New Shopping For New Bern

Site plans have been filed for a brand-new shopping center at 4201 New Bern Avenue that will be called Wilder’s Grove Retail.

The 2-acre site across from Walmart was once home to a now-demolished Golden Corral restaurant. The plans call for the now-vacant site to be replaced by two new buildings; one a stand-alone, 7,300 square-foot retail store, the other a cluster of buildings that will include a 1,900 SF Dunkin’ Donuts (or is it just Dunkin’ now?) and three retail stores totaling 3,900 square feet.

The project is being developed by Riddle Commercial Properties, which also owns the shopping center just behind this one. Riddle Commercial Properties was *not* founded by Edward Nigma.

Pies & Italian Ice Coming to Martin Street

EatRaleigh recently reported that a joint venture between the Slice Pie Company and SweetWater Ices, will be coming to 17 E. Martin Street in downtown Raleigh.

The Slice Pie Company, according to its Facebook page, operates as a wholesale company serving pies to “individuals, Triangle restaurants, shipping across the country, delivering, serving large corporate events, weddings, and donating to local charities and organizations.”

The company is run by a father-daughter duo, and is home to an apple pie that won the Blue Ribbon at the North Carolina State Fair, thanks in part to the “unmatched signature crust.”

SweetWater offers “New York Italian ice in the heart of North Carolina” and to our knowledge has only operated thus far as a food truck/food cart without a home-base retail location.

Townridge Chick-fil-A Cooking up Kitchen Upgrade

Perhaps in conjunction with the overarching plans to upgrade the Townridge Shopping Center on Glenwood Avenue, which includes facade improvements and the addition of several new tenants, the existing Chick-fil-A is set to undergo a $55,000 kitchen renovation.

Although we don’t know the exact details of the project, we imagine it will at the very least improve the efficiency with which the kitchen operates, and may possibly expand its current operating capacity.

The renovation is being handled by the Sterling Building Group out of Greensboro.

Exclusive Artists Commune Planned For Southeast Raleigh

A rezoning case was recently filed that would allow for the creation of a unique community for artists at a space on Sunnybrook Road just outside the beltline near Rock Quarry Road.

The case would rezone the 4-acre site to allow for “Neighborhood Mixed Use” with a maximum of three stories, although plans for the project call for only two stories.

In addition to the shared artist workspaces and studios, the mixed-use development will include retail space, including an Artist Coffee Shop and an Artist Bookstore. There’s just one thing: these shops won’t be open to the public, and only artists working on-site can access them. Talk about an exclusive shopping experience!

The proposal notes that the site is currently ¾ forested, and that the developers will construct an arboretum trail through that forested area as a way of connecting to the neighborhood. The forest will continue to be used as an outdoor classroom for at-risk youth to study. The enviroKIDs Summer Camp has been studying the forest for 6 years.

Development Beat: New Dram & Draught Coming Soon, Biscuitville Coming to Western Blvd.

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Dram & Draught coming soon to One Glenwood

York Elementary set for renovation

Biscuitville coming to Western Boulevard

Bar on a Bowstring

Halcyon Days Are Near

321 Coffee Opens First Retail Location

WRAL wants to drop eggs from a helicopter

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Dram & Draught Coming Soon to One Glenwood

Dram & Draught should be opening in One Glenwood soon. Although the original location at 623 Hillsborough remains open, work has already begun on the new Dram & Draught at One Glenwood, or, as WNFIV has designated it, “GlenSo.”

We first reported on this relocation back in November 2018, as the GlenSo development will eventually take over the land at 623 Hillsborough.

The new home of Dram & Draught will come at a cost of $350,000, which will include the “first time fit-out” of a 2,520 square-foot space at the new development. The work is being handled by Racanelli Construction South out of Apex.


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York Elementary Set for Renovation

York Elementary is about to undergo a $44.49 million renovation. Originally built in 1965 as J.W. York Elementary School, site review plans were recently filed that will bring major changes to the 70,000+ square foot campus.

The entire campus at 5201 Brookhaven Drive will be replaced with a new building, parking, landscaping, and play areas. The new building, designed by Skinner Farlow Kirwan Architecture, will be nearly 50% larger, clocking in at a total of 109,750 square feet.

Construction by the Gilbane Building Company is currently scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2020, with an anticipated occupancy date of January 2022. Barton Pond Elementary will be used to house the students while this campus is under construction.


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Biscuitville Sets its Sights on Western Boulevard

At long last, Raleigh will finally be getting a second Biscuitville, which will be opening on Western Boulevard in 2019.

The new Biscuitville will be located in the former home of Wicked Tacos, next to Cook Out and a few doors down from Bojangles’.

Biscuitville is currently negotiating for a general contractor to renovate the 3,140 square-foot building located at 3928 Western Boulevard near NC State.

Bowstring Bar

Site plans have been filed for a new bar and restaurant named the Bowstring Bar, which will be located at 1930 Wake Forest Road just off the Capital Boulevard interchange.

At first, we thought this was a bar attempting to compete with the new axe throwing bar trend by allowing patrons to shoot a bow and arrow while drinking. We still have not confirmed if this is the case.

This is a real thing.

The plans call for a new, 10,637 square-foot building that will stand about 22′ tall and come equipped with a total of 30 parking spaces.

The preliminary drawings depict a unique, almost dome-shaped building with plenty of glass windows and what we imagine will be a spacious dining area.

No word on when Bowstring will open, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for any future permits.


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Halcyon Days Are Near For Former Home of Mosaic

There’s gonna be some changes made at 517 West Jones Street. A new bar named Halcyon should soon open in the space, thanks to a recent ABC Inspection.

517 West Jones Street was the long time home of Mosaic and the brief home of 5 Lounge & Discotorium. A new tenant signed a lease last November. Braxton Anthony, Senior Vice President at Avison Young at the time, represented the landlord in the lease transaction.

Although the bar has both a Facebook page and a website, not much information is available on either site, beyond the address, the hours (5 p.m. – 2 a.m.)  and the fact that it will serve “liquor, wine, beer, coffee, & soft drinks.” Something for everyone, then.



321 Coffee Opens First Retail Location

321 Coffee has opened a retail location at the Stater Farmers Market. 321 Coffee is a “nonprofit coffee shop… staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities” and operates in partnership with students from NC State.

The 321 in the name is “representative of Down Syndrome — the third copy of the 21st chromosome.” The business hopes to “highlight the uniqueness of those with Down Syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The location at the State Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @321coffeesocial.

WRAL Looks to Toss Eggs From Sky 5

Raleigh City Council today will review an unusual request: “permission to allow an aerial drop of plastic easter eggs from the WRAL News helicopter, Sky 5.”

This aerial drop would take place on Saturday, April 13, “in conjunction with the Annual Spring Fling/Adult Egg Hunt event scheduled to take place in Dorothea Dix Park.”

Council approval is required due to section 13-2006 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances, which states in part that it shall “be unlawful for any person in any aircraft to throw or cause or permit to be thrown out, discharged, or dropped any ballast, instruments, tools, containers, posters, handbills…” unless the Council permits “the distribution of such advertising matter as to the Council may appear consistent with the public interest.”

Considering their recent stance on electric scooters, we’re not so sure WRAL will get the approval. We wish them the best.

Development Beat: RIP East Village, Guest House Gets A Guest House

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East Village demolished

Guest House gets a guest house

Progress on the Carter-Finley Bojangles’

Calavera moving into Moonlight Pizza

Voda Boutique moving to North Hills

Burial Beer Co. expanding in Transfer Co.

State seeks facelift for Capitol Building

Broughton will celebrate its 90th birthday on March 23rd with a gala held at The Fairview. Join your favorite alumni, staff, and friends to celebrate this remarkable milestone. Tickets are available here.

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East Village Demolished

A Hillsborough Street icon is gone. Demolition on East Village Bar and Grill began last week to make way for a new apartment building.

Just over six months after we reported on plans for the new apartment at the site of East Village – and several other long-time Hillsborough Street tenants – the bar has been reduced to rubble. The bar closed its doors in February, but plans to reopen on the ground floor of the new apartment building.

We broke the news on social media on Thursday. The outpouring of memories and sentiments included the following:

First beer at this place. Was 18.

Getting fake IDs from under the deck

Lost my first and last fake ID at EV. RIP in peace.

21st bday rainbow shots…

Goodnight, sweet prince.

Somebody flushed some keys down the toilet, wondering if they can be salvaged now. Another coors please.

Watching the OJ Simpson police chase

Sometimes remembered going, never remembered leaving.

too many Coors light & blue crushes. RIP

How about a Double R Bar burger with my grandparents back when it was the Roy Rogers

Those pre-Uber days when you would buy a couple of chili cheese dogs from the make shift grill in the parking lot while you waited an hour for a cardinal cab.

Karaoke, longest bathroom hall eva, bar hopping between EV, PBs, the Comet, and Capporal’s, sun ripened kegs of 1 dollar Coors light, Friday afternoons on the deck. Good times.

Sorry to see it go but thankful that EV carried my secrets to its grave!

This is where I had my first jäger bomb. Oh, 2002, I miss you.

We considered chaining ITBlake the intern to the East Village deck to prevent the demolition, but didn’t want to bother Stacy Miller with another high profile case if things went wrong.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot apartment building will house 142 residential units and ground-floor food and retail.

Social 3020 Dixie Trail and Hillsborough Street


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Guest House Gets a Guest House

Guest House Raleigh just got another guest house. The couple behind the 8-guestroom boutique hotel in downtown Raleigh has saved yet another historic home.

Matt and Nicole Tomatosoupasaurusrex had been wandering the streets of Raleigh, looking for a home in need of saving. They stumbled upon The Rogers House, a historic 1,200 square foot house built in the early 1900s, that was slated for demolition. The house had once been owned by L.G. Rogers, an African-American bookkeeper who was active in Raleigh’s political scene in the 1910s.

The historic house’s move was first announced in May of last year. Thanks to Preservation NC, the City of Raleigh, the developers of The Fairweather, and Matt and Nicole, the house was moved to a site near Guest House Raleigh in the same historic district.

A February 10th Instagram post shed more light on the project: “A few months ago we had the opportunity to relocate and preserve another little historic downtown gem that was slated for demo. Since then we’ve had our heads down launching Guest House while managing this second renovation (it’s been one heck of a winter). We can’t wait to share more details, partnerships, collaborations, and sneak peeks of the new space over the coming weeks as it takes shape and we get closer to launch. Stay tuned!” Last week, they posted an update:

We’re glad to see that this old home has found a new forever home.


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A Look at the Carter-Finley Bojangles’

Progress is being made on the highly anticipated Carter-Finley Bojangles’. The developers of Raleigh’s newest Bojangles’ are working through a series of administrative hurdles so they may begin construction just a few hundred yards from Carter-Finley Stadium.

The submitted architectural renderings offer a glimpse as to what the new Bojangles’ at 1541 Sunday Drive will look like.

The restaurant, being developed by Tri-Arc Food Systems, was announced late last year. Tri-Arc owns and operates all ten of Raleigh’s existing Bojangles’ locations, as well as a number of locations in surrounding areas. They also help put on the Tasty Beverage New Belgium Bojangles’ Beer Dinner – the best Bojangles’ dinner in all of Raleigh.

We’re hoping the location will be ready for tailgate season.


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Calavera Moving to Moonlight Pizza

Calavera Empanadas & Tequila Bar will be reopening in the old Moonlight Pizza space on West Morgan Street.

Calavera, previously located at 444 S Blount Street (the new home of Davie Street Pub), has been closed for over a year. No opening date has been set for Calavera’s reopening, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the renovation permits.


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Voda Moves to North Hills

Voda Boutique is coming to North Hills. Kane Realty Corporation announced last week that the locally owned women’s fashion retailer will be opening in the Lassiter District at North Hills.

Located between The Spectacle and Von Kekel Aveda Salon & Spa, the store is projected to open Spring 2019. Kayla Brewer Cheek, owner and founder, opened Voda Boutique in June 2017 in Downtown Raleigh.

We obtained the following comment from an exclusive press release, “Raleigh has always held a special place in my heart and always felt like home. Not only do I love the vibe of the city, but I love what the community stands for – giving back,” said Cheek. Most recently, Voda partnered with House of Landor to host their 2nd annual fashion show benefiting CATCH, a local organization that raises money and awareness for homeless children of Wake County.



Burial Beer Expanding at Transfer Co.

Two months after opening, Burial Beer will be expanding their Raleigh location in Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Since opening “The Exhibit” next to Transfer Co. Food Hall on E Davie Street, Burial has seen massive success and massive lines.

To keep up with demand, they have decided to expand into the space next door to their current location. Their new space will make them neighbors with the new Longleaf Swine and allow access into the rest of the Food Hall.

Most importantly, the expansion will include a patio.


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Capitol Building Poised for Upgrades

Downtown Raleigh’s historic State Capitol Building will soon be subject to a variety of aesthetic and surface-level improvements.

The State of North Carolina is seeking contractors to undertake a project that will include everything from “historic stone cleaning” to “paint restoration (decorative faux painting).”

We imagine the improvements will be quite extensive, considering it was built in 1831. In its application for the National Register of Historic Places, the Capitol Building is described as a “superb example of Greek Revival architecture; an exceptionally fine version of the style in its most erudite and sophisticated form,” and we’re inclined to agree. The building itself remains mostly unchanged from its original design, and we’re glad this project involves work that will serve to restore, rather than replace, what is already there.

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