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Development Beat: A New Look for 301 Hillsborough, Gonza Owners Plan New Restaurant

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Massive mixed-use planned for 301 Hillsborough

A new location for Dram & Draught

Gonza Tacos y Tequila owners plan new Latin restaurant

Kaiju Bowl and Bao closed

Trophy celebrating 6 years

Help Washington, NC win $500,000

Everyone please go vote for Washington, NC and help them win $500,000. The town is a finalist for the “Small Business Revolution” show on Hulu. Voting ends Tuesday, February 19 at 10 p.m. CST (I’m not sure what time that is in Raleigh.) Vote here.

Pleasant Valley Promenade set for upgrades, new tenants

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Plans Unveiled for 301 Hillsborough

301 Hillsborough Rendering

A 20-story mixed-use development is planned for 301 Hillsborough Street, located next to Campbell Law School.

More than two years after The Lundy Group first unveiled renderings for their City Centre development at 301 Hillsborough, the property’s new owner has filed site plans for a development of their own.

Similar to the previous renderings, this new project from The Fallon Company, who purchased the land in April 2018 for $17 million, will include 20-story, 247′ tall towers with office, retail, residential and hotel use. The development will encompass nearly a million total square feet and include a whopping 1,076 parking spaces.

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. Fortunately, the website includes a little more information.

“301 Hillsborough is strategically positioned to become a landmark address for the city of Raleigh. The first phase of the project will consist of an approximately 300,000 square foot Class A office building with complementary retail at street level.”

They are expected to break ground this fall.


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Dram & Draught Previews New Location

Dram and Draught New Exterior

Dram & Draught is offering a glimpse at what’s to come in their new space, which will be larger, offer more seating and include a patio and an expanded whiskey collection.

In November, we reported that popular watering hole Dram & Draught would be relocating from its current spot at 623 Hillsborough to the ground floor of the new One Glenwood tower.

Dram and Draught Interior

Dram & Draught’s existing location will be torn down to make way for Two Hillsborough; which is actually the  third project in that area being developed by Maryland-based Heritage Properties. They are also behind the ten-story One Glenwood and Two Glenwood, and the Origin hotel and parking deck located at the former home of Shelton’s Furniture (RIP).


New Latin Restaurant Planned for Sojourn

The owners of the popular Gonza Tacos y Tequila are opening a new restaurant, Macondo Latin Cuisine, at Sojourn Glenwood Place on Glenwood Avenue, according to an exclusive report from the Triangle Explorer.

Macondo will feature small tastes of traditional Latin flavors that will rotate seasonally. Owners Gonza Salamanca and Carlos Rodriguez say the food “is a straightforward simple culinary driven menu but with highly complex flavors.”

According to the Triangle Explorer, the owners partnered with “renowned Colombian Chef Santiago Macías, of award-winning i Latina in Buenos Aires, as a menu consultant.”

The new restaurant is being designed by our friends at New City Design Group and is set to open later this year.


Kaiju Bowl and Bao Bows Out

Kaiju Bowl and Bao

Less than a year after opening, Kaiju Bowl and Bao has closed. The owner of the ramen restaurant will re-open the space with a new concept.

Owner Ken Yowell, who also owns Oak City Meatball Shop, said the meatball shop will be taking over the space until the new restaurant opens.

The restaurant initially broke the news on Facebook, where they noted they “enjoyed launching Kaiju and trying to do something a little different and funky and we’ve learned a ton from the experience.”

The staff, fortunately,  have “all been offered positions with Oak City Meatball until the changeover and we hope to have it be a quick turn around.”

Kaiju Bowl and Bao opened in July of 2018.


Trophy Celebrating 6 Years

Trophy Brewing and Pizza

Trophy Brewing on West Morgan Street is celebrating six years of trophy winning pizza pies and beer.

Thanks to our investigative journalism, we’ve determined that Trophy will be celebrating starting at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 19. They’ll be bringing back The King Peanut Butter & Banana Dubbel, as well as loading the draft list with some special brews and having lots of fun treats coming out of the kitchen. Congrats to the team at Trophy on six years!

Help Washington, NC Win $500,000

Vote For Washington, NC

Everyone please go vote for Washington, NC and help them win $500,000. The town is a finalist for the “Small Business Revolution” show on Hulu. Voting ends Tuesday, February 19 at 10 p.m. CST (I’m not sure what time that is in Raleigh.) Vote here.

Washington, NC is home to the Moss Landing neighborhood, which was developed by our friends at Beacon Street Development. Washington is up against 5 other small towns across the country (all outside of NC) and it all comes down to a popular vote. Given the aim of the show is to support small businesses in small towns, we should all join together to help NC win. The winning town will be announced on February 26. Vote here.

Here’s a highlight reel showing the best of Washington, NC.

From the show’s website: The Small Business Revolution is on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time. Each season, America chooses the town, we choose the small businesses, and Deluxe and a host of celebrity experts give them the makeover of a lifetime – all on our quest to put Main Street back on the map.

Vote here.

Pleasant Valley Promenade Preps for New Tenants

Pleasant Valley Promenade

Pleasant Valley Promenade is getting a makeover and new tenants.

Permits were issued last week for a series of facade renovations at the shopping center on Glenwood Avenue, setting the stage for a series of new tenants to move in. The $100,000 exterior upgrade is being handled by Williams Realty & Building Company, and although the permits do not specify which buildings are getting a facelift, the Triangle Business Journal reported last week that several new tenants would be opening shop in the center by the end of the year, including Petco, Ulta Beauty, and Five Below.

The current owner of the 363,000 square-foot development, Kimco, acquired the property in 1993. Which means they’ve owned it for longer than some of their more junior employees have been alive.

Development Beat: History Museum Plans Expansion, Guasaca Opens on Hillsborough Street

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Museum of History plans expansion

Guasaca opens on Hillsborough Street

A sneak peek at the Nash Square hotel

Trophy Brewing begins expansion on Morgan Street

NC Football Club seeks county funding for downtown stadium

Chido Taco coming to McNeill Pointe

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Museum of History Plots Expansion

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The NC Museum of History is planning to expand in downtown Raleigh.

North Carolina’s Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is soliciting proposals for a renovation and expansion of the facility. According to NCDNCR, the existing 199,642 SF museum “has begun to outgrow its mission and functional requirements.” As a result, the existing facility will be renovated and expanded, and an addition will be built across the street on the site of an existing parking lot.

The new building will include approximately 190,000 SF of gallery space, educational space, a new auditorium, support services space, a restaurant, and a conference center. The remainder of the site will “support a below-grade parking structure, outdoor interpretive activities as well as a new drop-off area for students and other groups that regularly visit the museum.”

The existing museum, which was completed in 1992, will be connected to the new facility via a pedestrian bridge over Wilmington Street. The total cost of the project is around $200 million. For that kind of money, we’re hoping they’ll add exhibits that come to life at night.


Guasaca Comes to Hillsborough Street

Guasaca has opened their new location on Hillsborough Street in the ground floor of the Target building.

We consider Guasaca Raleigh’s – and possibly the country’s – best quick-service restaurant. They specialize in arepas, white or yellow corn cakes, stuffed with a choice of fillings, such as steak, chicken, pork, and of course, guasaca – a delicious combination of guacamole and salsa. UPDATE: someone commented to inform us that guasaca is actually a combination of guacamole and Italian dressing. We still have not confirmed if this is accurate. Stay tuned for updates.

We first covered this in August, when permits for the upfit of the 2,285 square-foot space were issued to JCI Builders. We expect the restaurant will be quite popular with the college crowd and give neighbors Chipotle and Taco Bell a run for their money. Fun fact: this is one of ITBlake the intern’s favorite restaurants.


A Look At Nash Square Hotel Plans

Nash Square Hotel

Images of the new hotel planned for Nash Square were recently unveiled.

The new downtown hotel filed an “Administrative Alternative” request last week, seeking relief from certain portions of the city’s building code regulations. The request describes the exterior as being a combination of brick, metal, and mortar, and calls out one particular section as a “5 story floating form that creates a top to the architectural hierarchy” – whatever that means.

We especially appreciate the Firestone sign peeking out of the background in the main rendering. We hope they keep the name “Hotel Sign” for this hip and trendy downtown addition.


Trophy Brewing Begins Expansion

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Trophy Brewing is expanding their Morgan Street location.

After announcing plans to expand in May of 2018, renovation permits have been issued to Trophy Brewing. The project consists of a 756 square-foot addition, as well as the renovation of more than 5,000 square feet of what used to be a convenience store and laundromat.

We had reported back in November that it looked like construction was getting ready to start; as it happens, the permits issued last week were applied for back on December 18.

The renovation and expansion will hopefully wrap up by this fall, and we’re excited for the opportunity to drink and dine at the new and improved eatery.


NC Football Club Remains Set on Raleigh

919 to MLS Stadium Downtown RaleighSource: North Carolina FC Website

More than a year-and-a-half after the North Carolina Football Club unveiled their plans for a $150-million, 22,000 seat soccer stadium complex located at the northern edge of downtown Raleigh, the club has requested funding from county tax funding, a sign that the project is still alive.

WRAL reported last week that the NCFC was “one of eight groups to submit a plan after Wake County officially requested information about future hospitality projects that could be funded” by the County through the Room Occupancy and Prepared Food and Beverage taxes.

The stadium would be built at the edge of Halifax Mall along Peace Street, but fortunately, the mall, downtown Raleigh’s most underrated gem, would remain largely intact. The infamous Archdale Building, which looks like a PlayStation 2, would have to come down. A tragic loss, to be sure, but such is the cost of progress.

For a full accounting of NCFC’s funding request and future plans for the stadium, check out WRAL Sport’s comprehensive report.

Chido Taco Coming to McNeill Pointe

McNeil Pointe

McNeill Pointe along Wake Forest Road will soon be adding yet another new restaurant to their growing list of offerings: Chido Taco.

Chido, a Spanish language equivalent to the American slang word “cool,” does not appear to be a chain of any kind, although there are a few restaurants and taco trucks bearing this name throughout the country. We expect it to be a delicious addition to SoJo.

Development Beat: Moonlight Pizza Closed, Plans Filed for Gables Motor Lodge

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Moonlight Pizza closed

Gables Motor Lodge set for renovation

40-story building coming to Peace & West?

The Wallpaper Bar & Seagull’s Perch are headed to Glenwood South

The Fairweather breaks ground

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls coming to North Hills

D.H. Hill is getting a Hillsborough Street entrance

An overview of Raleigh’s growth in 2018

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Moonlight Pizza Closed, RIPizza

After serving some of the finest pizza in Raleigh for over 20 years, Moonlight Pizza has closed.

Travis Bailey alerted us to this tragic news earlier today on Twitter.

A sign on the front door indicated that the restaurant is permanently closed.

We aren’t sure why they closed, but they will be missed. RIPizza.


Plans Filed for Gables Motor Lodge

Developers have filed site plans for the Gables Motor Lodge redevelopment.

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

A rezoning case was filed last year to allow for the addition of a pair of two-story buildings, bookmarking the existing lodge and bringing the total number of rooms to 19. Now, a site review plan has been filed shedding some additional light on the project. The expansion would bring the total square footage from 4,987 to 6,458 and will include numerous site improvements.

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

We’re eager to see how this project turns out, and although it’ll probably be at least another six months before any kind of renovation begins, we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out.


Third Phase of Smokey Hollow Could Bring 40-Story Tower

A 40-story tower could be coming to Smokey Hollow Phase III, located on the southeast side of the intersection of W. Peace and N. Harrington.

Few details were available on Phase III until last week, when the rezoning case unveiled potential plans for a 40-story mixed-use tower that will increase the amount of “downtown housing options, as well as the amount of office and retail space for potential tenants.”

If the rezoning is approved as-is, the building could be the tallest in downtown Raleigh, well in excess of 400 feet tall. For reference, the PNC building is 33 stories tall.

Phase I of the Peace & West project will include 400 apartments, ground floor retail, and a Publix grocery store. It is currently under construction and set to be completed in the summer of 2020.

Phase II will include 280 residential units, 225,000 square-feet of office space, and more than 50,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.


Two New Bars Planned for 110 Glenwood

Permits were issued for a pair of new bars at 110 Glenwood Avenue that could soon result in separate indoor and rooftop venues housed in the 99-year-old building.

The rooftop bar will be named Seagull’s Perch. The permit would renovate just over 1,000 square feet of space both on the second story of the building and, presumably, some existing rooftop space.

The ground floor will be occupied by The Wallpaper Bar. The renovation of the 2,950 square feet required for this bar is estimated to cost just under $170,000.

The same contractor is handling both jobs and the entire building is owned by a singular entity. It was purchased in January 2018 for $615,000 by Glenwood 110, LLC.

Fairweather Condos Break Ground

The Fairweather condos broke ground last week at 525 S. West Street.

The modern condo project is located in the Warehouse district and projected to open in summer of 2020. This is the first condo building built in downtown Raleigh in more than 10 years and 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 project will have 45 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 building is located across the street from the future home of the Sam Jones BBQ restaurant. No word on whether Fairweather residents will be given a meal plan for the restaurant.


Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls Coming to North Hills

A franchise serving lobster rolls will make it’s North Carolina debut soon.

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, a seafood restaurant offering up authentic Maine lobster rolls, will be opening next to bartaco in North Hills. The lobsters, fresh from Maine, are prepared no frills and served in a roll, in bisque, on salad, or mac and cheese.

To our knowledge, Mason’s has not conducted a 23andMe test to determine their relation to Morgan Street Food Hall’s Cousin’s Maine Lobster.

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

D.H. Hill is Getting a Hillsborough Street Entrance

In news that isn’t Hillsborough Street getting another luxury student apartment, D.H. Hill is finally getting an entrance facing Hillsborough Street. Legions of students will soon never know the struggle of getting all the way around the original NC State library, only to realize they forgot their phone in the stacks.

NCSU Libraries announced construction has begun on new doors, landscaping, and a secure entrance. The project is set to be complete by the end of the spring 2019 semester.

N&O Publishes 2018 Growth Retrospective

Although we’ve taken a look back at the biggest construction projects and real estate deals of 2018, the News & Observer recently published an interesting look back at 2018 that took into account everything from the number of houses sold to how many new businesses opened over the past year.

Development Beat: East Village Closing

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East Village to close February 3

Permits issued for Pooleside Pies

Restaurant planned for former Auto Interiors & Tops space

Restaurant coming to old home of Devolve Moto

Benchwarmers Bagels opening very soon

Curious Goods moving from Hillsborough Street

GoTriangle seeks developer for mixed-use project at Union Station

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East Village Set for Temporary Shutdown

East Village Grill and Bar

The iconic East Village Grill on Hillsborough Street will close on February 3rd to make way for a new apartment complex. This is not a drill.

The Triangle Food Guy reported that East Village will close after the Super Bowl this Sunday. We first reported on plans for this new apartment project back in August. Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot building along Daisy Street and Dixie Trail will house 142 residential units and ground-floor retail.

Although this will mark the end of East Village as everyone knows it, the restaurant plans to reopen in a space on the ground floor of the new apartment complex in 2020.

We seriously considered chaining ITBlake the intern to the East Village deck to prevent their closure. However, we realized that may be against the law since ITBlake isn’t 21 and we didn’t want to bother Stacy Miller with another high profile case. The only question we have here is, WHERE WILL NC STATE STUDENTS BUY COORS LIGHT?!?!?


Pooleside By Summer?

Pooleside Pies

Permits were issued last week for the much-anticipated Pooleside Pies pizzeria from Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen.

First announced in the summer of 2017, just after Fyre Festival, the new restaurant will feature Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas served right next to Christensen’s Poole’s Diner.

Built in 1915, the 3,950 square foot brick building at 428 S. McDowell Street is now undergoing a renovation valued at $395,340. The project was designed by Louis Cherry Architecture, perhaps best known for their beautiful redesign of the Cameron Village Library.

Although no opening date for Pooleside has been announced yet, we expect they should be slinging ‘za at some point in 2019.

Christensen has been keeping fans updated on the new restaurant through an Instagram account. The last post is from when Christensen attended what sounds like the world’s best business conference: The International Pizza Expo.

Tickets now on sale for the NC Museum of History’s Young Associates Casino Night!

New Restaurant Coming to West Street

Auto Interiors and Tops

A new restaurant is coming to West Street.

The former home of Auto Interiors & Tops, whose relocation to a space on South Wilmington Street we covered extensively back in 2017, will soon be transformed into North West Street’s newest restaurant.

Site plans filed last week call for the redevelopment of the one-story, 13,900+ square-foot building at 303 N. West Street into a mixed-use building that will house an office and a restaurant/bar.

Atlas Stark Holdings

The project is being developed by Atlas Stark Holdings, a local firm that owns a number of properties along North West Street, including the Rainbow Building.

According to Atlas Stark’s website, the redeveloped property is expected to open in August 2019.


Devolve Space to Evolve Into Restaurant

Devolve Moto Glenwood

A tavern-style bar and music venue is coming to the former home of Devolve on Glenwood South.

According to site plans filed last week, the tavern will take over the 5,562 square-foot space at 304 Glenwood once used by Devolve Moto. A patio will replace the old Vickers & Ruth Plumbing & Heating building next door at 306 Glenwood.

No opening date for the new restaurant has been announced.


Benchwarmers Bagels Opening Soon in Transfer Co. Food Hall

Transfer Co. Food Hall

Benchwarmers Bagels, the delicious food baby of Boulted Bread and Jubala Coffee, will be opening soon in Transfer Co. Food Hall downtown.

Some Instagram sleuthing showed Benchwarmers warming up their oven with a 2-hour test run for the store last weekend. While they have not announced an opening day, all Instagram posts read that they are “opening very soon.” We could not be more excited.

Benchwarmers will join the already available concepts in the food hall – Che Empanadas, Locals Seafood, Burial Beer, and Captain Cookie (opening February 7th).

Curious Goods Takes a Trip Away From Hillsborough Street

Curious Goods and College Beverage

Curious Goods will be moving from their home on Hillsborough Street to Brookside Market.

After more than twenty years of selling clothing and assorted novelty items to college students who enjoy smoking tobacco out of giant water pipes, Curious Goods will be relocating from its space at 3010 Hillsborough Street to Brookside Market, near Oakwood Dog Park.

The shop announced the move on social media. They’ll be having a “Goodbye Hillsborough Street, Hello Brookside” event until the Hillsborough Street location closes for good.

Developer Sought for Union Station Phase II

Raleigh Union Station Bus Station

GoTriangle issued a request for qualifications seeking a joint development partnership for the Raleigh Union Station Bus Facility site.

Known as “RUS Bus” the project would incorporate private development atop a public transportation facility. That development will include mixed-income housing, and may also incorporate office, retail, and hotel space.

The $50 million project recently received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Running and maintaining the project once it’s completed is expected to cost about $250,000 a year, although the projected revenue far outweighs this. In a cost/benefit analysis commissioned by GoTriangle, it was estimated that by 2053 the project will have netted more than $224 million in profit. Pretty optimistic.

According to a grant application for the facility, it will “become the second major transportation hub in the downtown, complimenting the existing facility, and providing direct connections to various modes and destinations on the west side of Downtown. The planned design for the new facility will be able to accommodate up to 8 buses at once in an off-street facility with on-street bus bays for additional capacity.”

A developer for the project is expected to be chosen by the end of the year. ITB Insider will not be submitting a proposal. We are too busy working with Express Yourself Paint on the redevelopment of the horse barn in City Market.

Development Beat: Work Begins On The Standard, Oak Heart Vet at Longview Grand Opening

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Construction begins on Hillsborough Street’s The Standard

Grand opening of Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview

Council to hear results of dog park study

Mami Nora’s Rotisserie opens, tragically closes the next day

City seeks tenant for former horse barn in City Market

Planet Fitness coming to Harvest Plaza Shopping Center

Melting Pot at Holly Park set to expand

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The Standard Begins to Rise on Hillsborough Street

Construction on Hillsborough Street’s newest apartment complex, The Standard, is now in full swing.

Although foundation work on The Standard began back in August, the $45 million trio of permits issued to Landmark Construction last week will allow construction to begin on the building shell and parking deck.

It appears that the parking deck will be underground in whole or in part, with ground-floor retail above it and apartments above that.

The permits don’t list the total number of residential units, and pre-construction documents are somewhat conflicting; one states there will be a total of 217 units, another gives a breakdown that totals 232.

The amenities of other Standard locations across the country – and keep in mind, these are all student housing complexes – include everything from heated outdoor spas to infinity pools, rock climbing walls, fitness studios, clubhouses, and tanning beds.

We’re curious to see what the Raleigh location will offer, although we know one thing that will set it apart: the old tractor sign from the now-demolished North Carolina Equipment Company building, saved by our very own intern ITBlake.


Grand Opening of Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview

The Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at Longview is holding their Grand Opening event this Saturday, January 26th.

Join Oak Heart this Saturday from 2-5pm for its pet-friendly Grand Opening, located at 2116-F New Bern Avenue in the Longview Shopping Center next to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

The event will include tours of the new hospital, pet and people caricatures by Bruce Stevenson, a pet adoption event, complimentary drinks from Trophy Brewing Co. and Whiskey Kitchen, a raffle with prizes from BurgerFi, Melitta Coffee, and ThunderWorks®, and appetizers.

After the Grand Opening, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will show a special screening of the movie “Best in Show” with $3 of every $8 ticket sold benefitting the SPCA of Wake County.

More information on the grand opening can be found here:


Council Receives Results of Dog Park Study

Raleigh Dog Park Study

City Council today will receive a report from the Parks, Recreation & Greenway Advisory Board on the results of the 2018 Raleigh Dog Park Study.

The study was a “comprehensive citywide planning effort that will guide the long-term planning, design, delivery, operation, and maintenance of public dog park facilities throughout the City of Raleigh.”

Through the planning process, Northwest Raleigh was deemed the area most in need of a future dog park, although a number of factors will go into determining future locations.

This data-driven approach will look at adoption records, concentrations of dog ownership, and the locations of dog-friendly apartments, among other factors, to help determine where dog parks are most needed.

The study offers up a number of recommendations, such as having a dog park within a 10-minute drive of every resident, encouraging new residential developments to provide on-site dog parks, creating more “pop-up” dog park events, and more dog-friendly events in general.

You can view the full study here.


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Mami Nora’s Opens, Closes Due to Fire

Tragedy struck the new Mami Nora’s Rotisserie Chicken restaurant just one day after it opened for business when a 3:00 a.m. accidental electrical fire caused enough damage that the restaurant is now closed indefinitely.

Work began on Mami’s second location back in October 2017, located in a 9,100 square-foot space at 6711 Glenwood Avenue. The space had previously been home to Hibachi Sushi and Blinco’s sports restaurant.

In a Facebook post, Mami Nora’s said they are diligently working to re-open the Glenwood Avenue location, although they have no timetable at this point.

The original Mami Nora’s remains open at 2401 Wake Forest Road.

After our long awaited and exciting opening we are saddened to announce that Mami’s suffered a fire last night. It is…

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City Seeks Developer for Former Horse Barn

Horse Barn in downtown Raleigh

The City of Raleigh has issued a “Request for Expressions of Interest” for the lease and redevelopment of the so-called Esso Station at 230 East Martin Street.

According to the RFEI, the 817 square-foot building originally served as a gas station, then a dry cleaner in the 1970s, and most recently as a horse barn for the police department.

Now, the City is hoping to find a “private operator” who will use the property for food/beverage/retail service and help further “activate” Moore Square.

We appreciate that the RFEI doesn’t try to oversell the 817 square-foot, single-story brick building. It will require “significant renovation” and the future developer will have to work around historic preservation requirements.

A few years ago, Justin Miller, friend of the ITB media empire and Zookies Cookies’ dog treat connoisseur and the hands behind #justfurkicks, had sought permission to open a taco restaurant in this space. Miller eventually decided that the costs of renovating a 102-year-old building and a lack of clarity and special capabilities from the city were too much trouble, and scrapped the project.

William Needham Finley IV proposed the following concept, which has yet to receive any investment from local developers.

LaCroix Drive Through Renovated

Planet Fitness Coming to Harvest Plaza

Galleria to become Planet Fitness in Raleigh

Planet Fitness will be opening its newest Raleigh location in York Properties’ Harvest Plaza shopping center on Strickland Road.

The estimated cost for renovating the 20,236 square-foot space is just under $1.4 million. The work will be handled by local developer 919 Commercial.

According to county records, Harvest Plaza was built in 1996 and expanded three years later. This will be Planet Fitness’ fourth location in Raleigh.

Holly Park’s Melting Pot Expands

Melting Pot Raleigh Enterprise Rent A Car

The Melting Pot is about to expand.

In August, we reported on a set of site plans that called for the existing 4,852 square foot Melting Pot at Holly Park to expand into the vacant 1,136 square foot space in the rear of the building.

Last week, permits were issued that will transform what was once an Enterprise Rent-a-Car into what may be an expanded dining area for the fondue-focused restaurant.

It’s a shame the project won’t be finished by Valentine’s Day, which we imagine is a busy night for The Melting Pot, but we imagine the new space might be good to go by Mother’s Day.

Development Beat: Days Inn To Become Boutique Hotel, Oak Steakhouse Opening

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Days Inn to become boutique hotel

Oak Steakhouse opening soon at The Dillon

More work on Glenwood Place

Work begins on STIR North Hills

Bake shop coming to The Rainbow Building

Five Horizons plans new condos on New Bern Avenue

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Days Inn to Become Boutique Hotel

Days I

The Longleaf Hotel & Lounge is replacing the Days Inn on Dawson Street, which closed in December.

Local developer Loden Properties purchased the property for $5 million, as well as the adjoining property for $1.5 million. The hotel will also have a bar called the Longleaf Lounge.

Loden plans to turn the NC Deli, located on the adjacent property, into (ish) Delicatessen. Matt Fern, formerly a beverage director for Ashley Christensen’s AC Restaurants, will run (ish). Fern recently told The N& O “We want it to be something really informal and playful, allowing us a lot of creative freedoms, but to be able to riff on the classic deli dishes and be able to throw the South into the mix as well.”


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According to their Instagram, the hotel will be “mid-century modern meets 21st-century.”

The Longleaf Hotel & Lounge joins a growing list of boutique hotels in Raleigh, including Origin (next to One Glenwood), the renovated Gables Motor Lodge, a boutique hotel in Tower 4 at North Hills, and one on Peace Street between McDonald’s and Starbucks that the City Council spent months arguing over because some people are afraid of rooftops.


Oak Steakhouse Coming Soon to The Dillon

Oak Steakhouse in the Dillon

The Oak Steakhouse should open soon at The Dillon in the Warehouse District.

We previously reported that work was underway, and last week the space received its ABC inspection. Steak fans like ITBlake the intern should soon be able to dine inside the 5,125 square foot space on the ground floor of The Dillon.

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

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


Glenwood Place Continues To Expand

Glenwood Place is adding a new office building to a currently vacant site on National Drive.

Gordon Grubb’s development along the northbound side of Glenwood Avenue just inside the beltline will soon add a 5-story, 180,000 square foot office building. The project, 3800 Glenwood, is described on Grubb’s website as being a “five-story… Class A office” building, although the number of stories listed on the permits is three.

In addition to the office building, Grubb is constructing on the site a four-story parking deck that will include a covered walkway to the main building. The total listed cost for both comes out to more than $25 million.

The 2.7-acre parcel was previously home to an older, smaller office building that was torn down in 2017.

Developer Gordon Grubb announced in late 2016 that Glenwood Place would include “hundreds” of apartments, 600,000-800,000 square feet of office space, 70,000-140,000 square feet of retail, and a new hotel.


Stir Coming To North Hills

Work has begun on STIR in North Hills.

More than $1 million worth of permits were issued for the build-out of this new restaurant that will offer “premium oysters, craft cocktails with artisanal ice and a made-from-scratch menu.” The restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the Bank of America Tower next to The Capital Grille.

Venture Construction out of Georgia is handling the STIR project at North Hills, which is described on the permits as including not only the interior fit-up of the space, but exterior renovations and site accessibility issues as well.

The North Hills location will be the second STIR restaurant in the country. The other is in Chattanooga, TN.

Croissants on West Street

Rainbow Upholstery Building

A bake shop is coming to West Street.

First announced back in June, work is now underway on the Layered Croissanterie bake shop at the old Rainbow Upholstery Building at 911 N. West Street. The bakery will join FlowCORPS High-Intensity Pilates and a diner as the newest “Rainbow Building” tenant.

Layered Croissanterie is developed by husband-and-wife team Mark and Kawsar Chavez.

New Condos on New Bern

Five Horizons Development unveiled plans for a new condo development at 801 New Bern.

The site plan calls for 20 one bedroom condos in four buildings sized just under 30,000 square feet. We wouldn’t be surprised if work started on this project by the end of the year.

This project follows the successful completion of 10 Arros,  an upscale rowhome style community at 533-537 New Bern Avenue.

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Former Broughton parking lot to become duplexes

Dix Park draft Master Plan released

Burial Beer opens in downtown Raleigh

Falafel & Co. to replace Brookside Market & Pizza

Top 5 costliest construction projects of 2018

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Wine & Design Coming To Union Station

Wine & Design is planning to move into Union Station.

City Council was presented with an agreement that has been reached for Raleigh-based Wine & Design to relocate its corporate headquarters to the upper mezzanine area of Union Station. Wine & Design has been a go-to group activity for years. Their success even led them to a “Shark Tank” appearance where they struck a deal with Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary.

The 2,700 square foot Union Station location (managed by our good friends at York Properties) would be used both as their new corporate headquarters and as an expanded retail event space.

In an exclusive interview, we spoke with Wine & Design CEO and Founder Harriet Mills about the news. “We are super excited! We are going to have our headquarters there and will be training new franchisees and interviewing potential franchisees on our Discovery days. We are excited to show partners and potential partners how beautiful and cool downtown Raleigh is. I am super proud of my town and glad we can support it.”

They also plan to open a Wine & Design studio, where guests can come and make art. “The event space is beautiful. We have big plans and can not wait to share with the Raleigh community. So stay tuned!” said Mills.

In the meantime, Wine & Design is holding classes and private events at their current headquarters off of Glenwood Ave.

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RIP York Parking Lot

RIP to the York Parking lot.

The property at 809 Brooklyn Street had been managed by our friends at York Properties for years and was home to nearly 60 prime parking spots for Broughton students. The property is being redeveloped by Selwyn Property Group, who plans to build two duplexes on the lot.

For all former Broughton students who wish to pay respects to the parking spaces, a Tahoe and Yukon headlight-lit vigil is scheduled to be held Wednesday evening.


Dix Park Master Plan Released

The Dix Park draft Master plan has been released and, surprisingly, there is absolutely no mention of dinosaurs.

You can view the plan here, where you won’t even find a rendering of a statue of  T-Rex, brought to you by Rex Healthcare (we already thought of corporate sponsors). We aren’t going to jump to conclusions and handcuff ITBlake the intern to the park entrance yet. There is still time to provide feedback and input before the final community meeting on February 6th.


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Burial Beer Opens in Downtown Raleigh

“Hey honey, yeah we’re at Marbles right now. No you can’t talk to her, she’s busy doing learning and stuff.”

Burial Beer Company has opened “The Exhibit” next to Transfer Co. Food Hall on E. Davie Street.

We obtained an exclusive press release and learned that The Exhibit is “a boutique gallery” for Burial’s beer and art. Visitors should consider this a “permanent outpost for can releases where people can come and obtain small batch releases to share and commune outside of the confines of our walls.”

Located at 500 E. Davie St. Suite 170, their hours for this week are: Thurs-Friday 4-10pm, Sat 2-10pm

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Falafel & Co. Replacing Brookside Market & Pizza

Falafel & Co. is moving into the old Brookside Market & Pizza spot.

We reported last week on some rumors on Nextdoor that turned out to be true. This family-owned establishment is co-owned by Nasser Bahhur and Basem Hadi, and features Palestinian cuisine. According to their Facebook,

“At Falafel & Co, we want to provide a “discovery experience” by connecting cultures through a craveworthy culinary experience. Our commitment is to be your guide to exploring the best flavors of the Middle East, the best of Palestinian cuisine with generous servings of our authentic dishes to include fresh pita, crispy falafel, savory kufta, and our signature dips and salads. We embody the true spirit of Palestinian hospitality.”

Five Costliest Commercial Construction Projects of 2018

Editor’s Note: The data used for this was pulled from City and County permit and real estate records. Some permits and records may have been incomplete or erroneous; that is to say, the numbers below are more of a close approximation.

More than 1,900 permits with a total value in excess of $839 million were issued between January 1 and December 28, 2018 for commercial construction projects within the city limits. These are the five most expensive:

5. Peace & West AKA Smokey Hollow Phase 6

Kane Realty’s new West Street mixed-use development has a lot going on. While we’re pretty sure the entire project is called “Smokey Hollow,” one residential part of the development is known as “Peace & West.” The $30 million+ project would add 182 residential units to the development.

4. Wade Park V Office Building

The last time we wrote about this project was back in 2014. The development, which includes residential, retail, and office space located off Wade Avenue near the PNC Arena, has continued to grow.

In October, permits valued at more than $32 million were issued to the Choate Construction Company for the construction of the six-story, 209,145 square foot office building known as the Wade V. 

The new office building is expected to open in Spring of 2020.

3. The Standard at Raleigh

Earlier this year, Landmark Properties tore down the former home of the North Carolina Equipment Company at 3101 Hillsborough Street, a building best known for its iconic rooftop tractor sign.

The teardown was the first step in building The Standard, a five-story, 232-unit student apartment complex that will include a parking deck and ground-floor retail. In August, permits valued at $44.5 million were issued to Landmark’s construction arm for foundation work on The Standard.

According to the rezoning case for the project, the tractor sign will be placed on the Hillsborough Street frontage and lighted, thanks to the work of ITBlake the intern.

The N&O Praises Intern For Saving Iconic Sign

2. North Hills East Tower IV Office Building

North Hills  Tower 4 in the Park District of North Hills will be a 20-story building fronting Six Forks Road. Permits for the new office tower were valued at more than $50 million and issued to Holder Construction Group in September. It is expected to open in Spring of 2020.

1. First National Bank Building

In May of 2018, the new 22-story FNB Tower on Fayetteville Street officially broke ground. The tower will have 239 residential units spread throughout 13 stories, six stories of commercial office space, and two floors of amenities/tenant storage space. Developed by Dominion Realty Partners, the building will serve as the regional headquarters for First National Bank.

Permits for the new 22-story building were valued at more than $67 million and issued to Choate Construction Company.

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Brookside Market & Pizza closed

Farewell to bu•ku’s downtown Raleigh location

Sir Walter Apartments set for massive renovation

Olive Garden on Capital preps for renovation

Top Real Estate Sales of 2018

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Wahlburgers Evicted From Downtown Raleigh

Wahlburgers has been evicted after being open for roughly seven months in downtown Raleigh.

The restaurant held a grand opening in May of 2018. Around December 27th or 28th, the Wake County Sheriff’s Department conducted the grand closing ceremony for Wahlburgers.

In a groundbreaking investigation, ABC11 spoke with some employees of Wahlburgers who described poor working conditions, including paychecks that bounced, no heat and air conditioning, and a lack of staff training. Some employees apparently found out about the closing from reading an article on ABC11.

ABC11 also reported the following:

“The November inspection report from the Wake County Health Department confirmed the workers claims that the facility had no working hot water.”

“Some workers even said the store started buying food from Sam’s Club.”

Apparently, Wahlburgers is “truly saddened” to hear about the news and is conducting an internal review of independent franchise owner Greg Pranzo, who operated the Raleigh location under the name Carolina Burger Company.

The long history of Wahlburgers begins in September of 2016. It was announced that the burger chain owned by brothers Mark, Donnie, and Paul Wahlberg, would be opening its first Raleigh location on Fayetteville Street in the former home of The Oxford.

The announcement was met with some backlash. In a video posted to Facebook, local bar owner Zack Medford challenged Mark Wahlberg to a “burger contest” that would be held at The Sir Walter Smoke-Off at Dix Park. Wahlberg did not show up.

By September of 2017, a company spokesperson told the News & Observer that the burger chain would open that fall. We wondered why the restaurant still had not opened by March of 2018.

Mark Wahlberg once said, “Making you feel the rhythm is my occupation, so feel the vibration.” It seems the owner of the Raleigh Wahlburgers franchise took that to heart, and spent entirely too much time on rhythm and far too little time on running a restaurant.

Triangle Food Guy summed it up best in the following Tweet:


Brookside Market & Pizza Closed

Brookside Market & Pizza has closed after opening in January of 2018.

The rumor mill on Nextdoor claims that the Mediterranean restaurant that once inhabited the space may be coming back in January 2019 for beer and wine and will be opening the grill on February 1st.


Farewell to bu•ku’s Downtown Raleigh Location

RIP to bu•ku, one of the best brunch spots and overall restaurants in downtown Raleigh.

The popular global street food restaurant that operated out of the Red Hat Tower since 2010 has closed. In early 2018, Red Hat announced plans to expand into the space on the ground floor, which meant that bu•ku would have to find a new home by the end of the year.

Fans of bu•ku need not worry, as the restaurant plans to open in the former home of AN in Cary in early 2019. They also opened another location in Wake Forest in 2018.

We checked in with Sean Degnan, co-owner of bu•ku and the successful so•ca in Cameron Village, about the news. Degnan mentioned some super secret plans for another restaurant that we can’t reveal here, and looked back on the time in the Red Hat building fondly. “What coexisted was a good thing. The Red Hat people came down for lunch and happy hour every day and we took great care of them, and everyone else.”

When asked about bu•ku’s food coma inducing weekend brunch, Degnan replied, “Who knew? I don’t think I’m getting out of the brunch buffet business any time soon. I guess I’m just going to buy some more brunch equipment.”

We’re hoping that Degnan, who also serves on the Board of Directors for A Place At The Table, opens a brunch buffet food truck ASAP.


Sir Walter Apartments Renovation Begins

The Sir Walter Apartments in downtown Raleigh are set for an upgrade.

Permits valued at more than $9 million were issued to Weaver Cooke Construction for a project that will add 21 new units on the 10th floor, renovate the existing 140 units, and make a number of upgrades throughout the historic building on Fayetteville Street.

The TBJ reported that the Capital Realty Group, based in New York, bought the 10-story building for $16.8 million and are planning $15 million in renovations. In 2018, the City Council approved $3 million worth of funding that will allow the building to continue to serve as affordable housing for seniors.

We previously reported on the closing of the Chick-fil-A that operated on the bottom floor of the building. We have yet to investigate what will replace it.

Originally built as a hotel in the early 1920s, the Sir Walter changed hands – and brands – a number of times over the decades before being sold in the late 1970s and converted to a senior housing complex.


That’s A Spicy Renovation

The Olive Garden on Capital Boulevard is about to get a whole lot classier.

Already considered Raleigh’s finest Italian dining establishment, the Olive Garden will soon undergo more than half a million dollars worth of interior and exterior renovations. Rumor has it that CBH General Contracting agreed to be paid entirely in breadsticks.

While we’re not exactly sure how CBH plans to improve on the perfection that is the Capital Boulevard Olive Garden, the permits indicate that this renovation will encompass the entirety of the building: 6,460 square feet worth of interior renovations and 2,737 square feet of exterior renovations.

Top Real Estate Sales of 2018

2018 has certainly seen more than its share of high dollar sales. Here are the top 10 sales of the last year.

10. Colonial Grand at Brier Falls Apartments

On March 23, 2018, the Colonial Grand Apartments on Crichton Street in Brier Creek were sold to Mid-America Apartment Communities for $45 million. The previous owner was based in Kernersville, NC.

9. Ridgewood Shopping Center

In September, we reported that Regency Centers, a real estate investment trust based in Jacksonville, Florida, purchased the Ridgewood Shopping Center. The 95,000+ square foot property was sold for $46 million.

8. The Mark Apartments

Located off Lynn Road, the Mark Apartments were sold in June 2018 to American Landmark Apartments based out of Tampa, Florida for $46.6 million. The previous owners were Charleston Property Management out of South Carolina.

7. 616 at the Village

On December 14, 2018, the 616 at the Village apartments on Oberlin Road near Cameron Village were sold to Heitman Capital Management out of Chicago for $48.5 million. The previous owners were based out of Atlanta, GA.

6. Elan City Center Apartments

In September 2018, the Elan City Center Apartments at 510 N. Wilmington were sold to Principal Real Estate Investors based out Des Moines, IA for $50.7 million. The previous owners were Charleston Property Management out of South Carolina.

5. The Village Apartments

The Village Apartments on Autumn Winds Drive in North Raleigh were sold in November to the Continental Realty Corporation out of Baltimore, MD for $51.6 million. The previous owners were Charleston Property Management out of South Carolina.

4. The Tribute Apartments

In July 2018, the Tribute Apartments on Tribute Drive off Glenwood were sold to Waterton Associates out of Chicago for $60.2 million. The previous owners were based out of Los Angeles, CA.

3. The Dakota

In September, The Dakota apartments on Wildgrass Drive near Carter-Finley Stadium were sold from one Boston-based company to another for $63 million. The new owner is the Eaton Vance Real Estate Group.

2. Midtown Plaza

In February, Kane Realty sold off Midtown Plaza at 305 Church at North Hills Street for $127 million to KBS Realty Advisors out of Houston, Texas.

1. Wells Fargo Center

The largest real estate sale of the year was the Wells Fargo Capitol Center, which went for $173 million back in August to Preferred Office Properties out of Atlanta, GA. Its previous owners were based out of New York City.

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Wells Fargo to close Cameron Village branch

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An Update On The Wade

Easily the most anticipated condominium project in the history of Raleigh, The Wade will be a five-story building consisting of 29 residences that come in two-and three-bedroom floor plans. Our friends at Beacon Street have been hard at work on the project, which we’ve covered in the past.

We sat down with Jim Wiley, President, and Justin Hime, Director of Sales and Marketing, to get the latest on the project.

ITB Insider: We’ll come right out and say it. We started a rumor that all of the residences in The Wade are sold out in order to prove that partnering with ITB Insider is the most effective method for selling condos. Have you actually sold out?

Justin: While our sales are strong, we’ve heard rumors that people think this place is sold out. Those now make sense after hearing your confession, but there are still a few opportunities available in the building.

ITB Insider: Sounds like our marketing was effective. Can you tell us more about the progress you’ve made since we last spoke?

Justin: A lot of the exterior details of the building are coming along nicely, as well as in the finish designs of the interiors. The phase we’re in now is putting the finishing touches on the featured gathering spaces.

Editor’s note: those spaces include:
A pocket park with a rose garden
A dog washing station for Dogs of ITB
An Owner’s Retreat – a beautifully appointed gathering place immediately off the main entry Gallery

A virtual concierge service (we’re trying to get a hologram of ITBlake the intern to serve as their concierge, but right now all he can say is “Hi Mark”)
A fitness room
A rooftop terrace with incredible views of the surrounding neighborhoods and the Raleigh skyline

ITB Insider: What type of people have purchased residences at The Wade? Can you make it a requirement that buyers submit their Broughton diploma at the time of closing?

Jim: We aren’t allowed to discuss that, but so far it’s a great group of people.

ITB Insider: So maybe someone whose name rhymes with Jeb Dimpson? Or perhaps a Gonner Baylord?

Justin: While we really can’t comment, we will say that the greatest attraction has yet to arrive. The people aren’t here. Buildings are great, but the people are what makes it so special.

ITB Insider: Understandable. Other than living in the heart of Raleigh, what about this project is attractive to potential residents?

Jim: There are a few common things people are looking for in a place like this. Most of which is being driven by a sense of community. They want to be around people and enjoy this walk to life location where they can dive into Hayes Barton for a morning walk, make their way over to Fletcher Park, and easily swing by Cameron Village. As we drive through this area we often don’t stop and recognize the established residential neighborhoods that already surround it. Fred Fletcher Park to me is one of the most under-appreciated parks in all of Raleigh. It’s 21 acres of green space – basically a miniature Pullen Park. It’s such an anchoring place for the whole area.

ITB Insider: Can you talk about location, location, and, more specifically, location?

Jim: It really is locationally as good as you can get. You could walk out of that building and go 500 different ways and never take the same path. It’s terrific.

ITB Insider: Sounds like a good tagline for The Wade would be “It’s The Best place to live your ITBest life.”

Justin: We’ll think about that, table it, and get back to you. What we can say is people who are interested in the building share a similar value proposition, namely, the life that everyone is prefiguring inside of the space.

The Owner’s retreat

ITB Insider: Interesting. Can you help us improve our SEO by using the following words in a quote about The Wade: pre-war, Beacon Hill, New York, Boston

Jim: Sure. With Fairvew Row and with The Wade we are offering this type of mature city living that didn’t really exist in Raleigh, but does exist in other cities. We might be in Boston walking around Beacon Hill saying, ‘This would be so cool to live here.’ Or in New York thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to live in a building like that?’ We’re seeing people who have lived in, or travel extensively to, other cities and they’re coming here and sharing how the best life they ever had was living in a pre-war building in New York. This is what they want. So that’s neat to have that mix.

ITB Insider: Thanks again for your time. We can’t wait to see the condo that you gave ITBlake the intern as a birthday present. Remember, we posted that on Instagram, which is a legally binding contract.

The Wade should be completed by the summer of 2019. A video of the progress was recently released.

Full disclosure: Beacon Street is a partner with the ITB Insider media empire. They did not actually gift our intern a condominium for his 18th birthday. Follow their progress on Instagram @beaconstreetdev


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Seaboard Station Plans $250 Million Expansion

Seaboard Station was sold for $34 million to D.C.-based developer PN Hoffman, who is now planning a $250 million mixed-use project for the property.

Those plans include 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.

Most importantly, the mythical Harris Teeter will not be coming to Seaboard Station and our beloved Logan’s is safe, as their property is not part of the deal. 

The 7-acre property was owned by William Peace University, which paid $20 million for it in 2013. Trademark Properties, which manages Seaboard Station, said the $14 million increase in value was due to the “robust urban market in downtown Raleigh.” Trademark will continue on in their present role under the owners.

Although it was announced in 2016 that Harris Teeter would be coming to Seaboard Station, the project has officially been canceled. Instead, the developers will opt for a smaller 25,000 square-foot grocery store.

Seaboard Station was originally developed as a passenger rail station known as the Seaboard Air Line Depot in 1941, in the building that now houses Logan’s Trading Company. The station was eventually abandoned in the late 1980s due to the rerouting of northbound Amtrak trains.

Logan’s moved into the space in the 1990s, when its owners, looking to expand their business, purchased what was by then known as the Bagwell Seaboard Railroad Station. Logan’s reuse of the old space led to the redevelopment of the surrounding acreage, which became known as the Shops at Seaboard Station.


North Ridge Country Club Kitchen Expansion

The North Ridge Country Club began an expansion project that will grow their kitchen and add a new bar to an outdoor covered porch.

J.D. Beam Inc. of Raleigh will oversee the $50,000 project that will add about 280 square feet to the kitchen and create a new 415 square-foot bar area.

Located on Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh, the club offers a variety of dining options, including the “quick and casual” Sandtrap, the Bluebird Grill, and special event dining in the Grand Ballroom.

Wells Fargo Closing On Oberlin Road

Wells Fargo will be shutting down one of its Cameron Village locations in February of next year.

Wells Fargo has just over 40 branch locations throughout Raleigh, and the closure is likely part of a nationwide consolidation process undertaken by the firm. The nearby location at 2001 Clark Avenue will remain open.

The branch at 601 Oberlin was housed in a two-story, 10,142 square-foot structure built in 1973 that had previously served as a branch of First Union bank until the company was acquired by Wells Fargo earlier this decade. It is unknown at this point what will be coming next for the site.


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Southeast Raleigh Shopping Center Set to Expand

Site plans were filed last week for a proposed expansion that would nearly double the size of the Farmington Square Shopping Center in Southeast Raleigh.

Anchored by a 9,000 square-foot Family Dollar store, the 24,000+ square foot shopping center is located adjacent to Southeast Raleigh High School off Rock Quarry Road, and is managed by our friends over at York Properties.

The expansion plans call for 19,496 square feet of new retail space to be built on a vacant 2.15-acre lot at 2802 and 2818 New Birch Drive. The work scope notes that the project will include the development of two new buildings designated for retail shopping, which will include access driveways and 81 parking spaces.

It’s The Best Shop

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20-story building planned next to Clyde Cooper’s

Plans for 12-story building on Martin Street

New bus terminal coming to Union Station

Q Shack to close North Hills location

Plans for Rosewater in North Hills

Collection Brewing Coming To Atlantic Avenue

Cape Fear Seafood to open in old Lucky 32 space

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20-Story Building Planned for Downtown Raleigh

A 20-story building could be coming to the parking lot next to Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque in downtown Raleigh.

Highwoods, who acquired the property in August 2016, is reported to be reviving plans for a 20-story office tower at the intersection of Wilmington Street and Martin Street.

Original plans, dubbed the Edison Office Building, got as far as the demolition phase, when several buildings from 301-313 S. Wilmington Street were torn down to make way for the $75 million project.

A look at the property before demolition.

wrote about the demolition back in December 2016. By that point, the property had already been sold, and there was no real plan in place for the lots. That didn’t stop me from making a few predictions, which ended up being remarkably on-point.

“We imagine [a new development] won’t vary greatly from the originally approved plans, which called for a 19-story office building with “14,350 square feet of retail space and 255,895 square feet of office space on a 1.3-acre site.” That proposal also included a 6-level integrated parking structure containing 315 spaces. ” – Development Beat, “Teardown Tuesday” December 6, 2016

We’ll throw in a new prediction: the development will have broken ground by this time next year, and there will be no major issues or serious delays once the project is underway.

Clearscapes Planning 12-Story Building

A 12-story mixed-use development is being planned along West Martin Street in the Warehouse District.

Clearscapes, an architectural firm in Raleigh, has filed plans that will require the property at 307, 309, 311, and 313 West Martin to be rezoned to allow for the 12-story height. The current cap is five.

Constructed in the 1920s, the existing historic structures on the site are to remain in place. According to Clearscapes, the buildings are an important part of the fabric and character of the surrounding district. Check out this discussion for more info.

Clearscapes is responsible for a number of high-profile projects in downtown Raleigh, including the convention center, the new Go Raleigh station at Moore Square, the Marbles Kids Museum, and many others.


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New Bus Station Connecting to Union Station

GoTriangle was awarded a $20 million grant that will fund the construction of a unique bus transfer facility connected to Raleigh’s Union Station.

According to a press release issued by GoTriangle, the Raleigh Union Station bus project (RUS Bus) will “provide direct connections on a number of existing and future GoTriangle and GoRaleigh bus routes to the existing Amtrak service and future commuter rail service included in the Wake and Durham county transit plans.”

The RUS Bus facility will be built on the site of the existing warehouse that GoTriangle owns from a previous rail project. GoTriangle plans to begin bidding the project out early next year and hopes to open the facility by 2022.


Q Shack Leaving North Hills

The Q Shack at North Hills is closing.

Q Shack owner Tom Meyer sent an email out last week detailing his plans to close the North Hills location and pivot to a catering-based business located in a space with a larger kitchen more suited for catering.

The Q Shack has operated out of its space at North Hills near the movie theater for 13 years and will remain open through mid-January 2019.


Kiss From A Rosewater

Site plans were recently filed for work on Rosewater Kitchen & Bar, which will be located in the former home of Bruegger’s in North Hills.

In July, it was announced that local restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias would be opening his 12th restaurant. The Mediterranean restaurant will be “rooted in seasonality and responsibly sourced ingredients that bring to life the charm and intimacy of the village lifestyle.”

Plans show that the existing Bruegger’s building will have about 800 square feet added in order to accommodate Rosewater. The building’s exterior will also be made over to more closely resemble a Mediterranean restaurant than a bagel shop.

Bakatsias operates a number of restaurants throughout the Triangle region, including Bin 54 in Chapel Hill and Vin Rouge in Durham, although Rosewater will be his second Raleigh location.

Update: We originally wrote that this was the first Raleigh location for Bakatsias. A reader informed us that Bakatsias actually had an earlier restaurant in Raleigh, “located in the ill-fated back corner of the sad shopping mall on Newton Road near Six Forks. Without actual access to Six Forks, the mall has always suffered. The back corner where his restaurant existed 22-23 years ago was finally refashioned as your favorite type of entrepreneurial venture – a storage facility.”


Collection Brewing Planned Off Atlantic Avenue

A brewery and tasting room is coming to the former home of Twin Specialities motorcycle shop off Atlantic Avenue.

In May, we reported on a rumor passed along by one of our readers about the alleged brewery. Our investigation uncovered that the former owner of Twin Specialties was retiring, and had leased the space to a brewery.

Site review plans filed last month call for some minor renovations in order to accommodate “Collection Brewing,” which describes itself as a brewery and tasting room.

Cape Fear Seafood Coming to Raleigh

Cape Fear Seafood Company will soon be making its way to Raleigh.

The Wilmington, NC-based seafood restaurant announced last week that they would soon be opening their fourth location in the spring of 2019. The space at 832 Spring Forest Road was previously home to the Kamado Grill and Lucky 32.

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.

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Rollins’ Cleaners Demolished

Art Coming to Union Station

Lonerider Building A Distillery In Wake Forest

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Tickets available for the Jingle Ball, held December 5th at the Museum of Natural Sciences

Bellwood Deal Falls Apart

Plans to tear down the Bellwood Condominiums behind Cameron Village and replace them with apartments won’t be moving forward any time soon.

We first broke the news of the possible development at Bellwood back in August. The plans were for a 4-story apartment building containing 349 units and 520 parking spaces.

Those plans were contingent on the current residents of the Bellwood Condominiums selling their property. It turns out one resident didn’t want to sell.

“It’s been a nightmare,” said a frustrated Bellwood resident that we obtained an exclusive DM interview with. According to our Insider source,

“50 out of 51 homeowners were in favor of the sale. The lone holdout wanted upwards of $685,000 on top of what he/she was already going to be making. Each owner was going to get $294,545 per unit they owned. Now everyone is stuck paying $500 in HOA dues because of the lawsuit settlement and reserve study that was done. This will more than likely last over the next 7 to 10 years if Bellwood cannot sell as a whole.”

We have a feeling at least one Bellwood resident won’t be invited to the neighborhood holiday party.


Sam Jones Brings BBQ to Boylan Heights

Sam Jones is opening a Sam Jones BBQ at 502 W. Lenoir Street in Boylan Heights.

In late September, a rumor surfaced that Jones, of Sam Jones BBQ and Skylight Inn, might be opening a restaurant in downtown Raleigh.

Last week, the News & Observer reported that the James Beard semifinalist is hoping to open his restaurant by next fall and that the new location will serve the same menu as its Winterville location.

We reported on the progress being made on the new location, a property being developed by James Goodnight, in last week’s Development Beat. Special thanks to Brian Wallace, of York Properties, for brokering the deal and bringing good BBQ to Raleigh.

We’re pretty sure Jones was drawn to Raleigh due to its growing food scene, which recently received another accolade when Mary Allison Marlowe won a James Beard award for her Thanksgiving dinner.


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Piano Bar Opening Soon On Glenwood South

PLUS Dueling Piano Bar could soon be opening on Glenwood South, bringing live piano music downtown for the first time since Rum Runners closed last year.

We first reported on PLUS back in May. Last week, the establishment received an ABC Inspection, one of the final steps before being able to open to the public. We imagine you’ll be able to hear Billy Joel and Elton John tunes drifting out of 510 Glenwood pretty soon.


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RIP Rollins’ Cleaners Building

RIP to the Rollins’ Cleaners building on Peace Street. The building was demolished to make way for the next phase of Kane’s Smokey Hollow Development.

Rollins’ Economy Cleaners had been operating out of the same location at 407 W. Peace for more than 70 years, and was one of the last businesses in that strip along Peace to be torn down.

The one-story, 6,210 square foot brick-building that was originally constructed in 1940 was demolished by DH Griffin Wrecking Company.

Seaboard Wine Tours Italy With ITBlake

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at High Park are currently touring Italy to find the best wines to bring back to Five Points. They were gracious enough to take ITBlake the intern along with them. Don’t worry, they didn’t let him test any of the wines, even though it would have been totally legal to do so in Italy. We look forward to seeing what they bring back.

Canopy Art Coming to Union Station

The plaza at Raleigh’s Union Station will soon be getting some new canopy artwork.

City Council today will accept a gift of $550,000 from the late Victor and Carolyn Cavaroc that will be utilized to complete the Canopy Public Art Project at Union Station.

Per City staffers, “this generous gift to the City of Raleigh, in support of the public art proposed for Union Station Plaza, will serve as a fitting memorial to a couple dedicated to the arts and who traveled the world throughout their lives. The canopy artwork creates a gathering and event space, provides shade to the plaza, and frames a beautiful connection between the City and the station.”

According to a staff memo, “The artwork is directly related to a celebration of Raleigh’s industrial past and, in particular, the railroad heritage of the Warehouse District. Furthermore, the proposed art references the decorative ceilings found in many historic train stations across America.”

Lonerider Opening Distillery In Wake Forest

Lonerider Brewing Company is expanding. They recently announced plans to open their own distillery in Wake Forest called “The Hideout”.

The Hideout will be located in The Factory. The taproom will have 3,100 square feet of space inside and around 5,000 square feet outside.

The taproom will host many of Lonerider’s beers and feature an outdoor beer garden with the option to buy food from food trucks. It will also carry the six new beers that are released throughout next year.

More details and a special announcement about the venue to come in early 2019, which will be Lonerider’s 10th anniversary.

Development Beat: Atlantic Lounge Opening Soon, Kale Me Crazy Opens In Cameron Village

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Atlantic Lounge opening soon on North Person

Goodnight’s new restaurant moves forward

Kale Me Crazy now open in Cameron Village

Drive Shack moves forward

Model train at Union Station for the holidays

Seven-story parking deck coming to Crabtree

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Giving Tuesday: 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a nice long weekend. Today is Giving Tuesday so we figured we’d share some opportunities to donate to a few great causes.

Donate to Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry

Read about the Raleigh couple that moved to Panama to save orphans

Donate here for Giving Tuesday

Follow their story on Instagram here

Attend the 25th Annual Jingle Ball

Tickets for the 2018 Jingle Ball Presented by CPI Security are still available. The event is held at the Museum of Natural Sciences on December 5th at 6:30 pm and supports The Salvation Army of Wake County.

Go See “A Christmas Carol” and Support Hilltop Home

Help support the children of Hilltop Home by sponsoring the 44th anniversary of Ira David Wood III’s “A Christmas Carol” on December 5th, 2018 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. For questions about sponsorship or tickets, email Larry Lakins at

Hilltop Home is a private, non-profit Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) that is home to 22 children with severe to profound developmental disabilities who are medically fragile. Children receive individualized medical, therapeutic, and developmental/educational services in an intimate, homelike setting. Learn more here.

Atlantic Lounge Preps for Opening on North Person

The Atlantic Lounge, a unique speakeasy bar on North Person Street should open soon. Located below Crawford & Son, the lounge received an ABC Inspection permit last week.

Developed by Jason Howard and Dan Murphy, the pair behind the Cardinal Bar on N. West Street, the underground bar will only be accessible through a locked door on Pace Street. According to Howard and Murphy, approximately 500 keys will be given out to members selected from the surrounding neighborhood.

We reported on the locals only bar concept earlier this year. Permits indicate the lounge will have about 1,086 square feet of space, which will reportedly be enough to accommodate “a few dozen” patrons at any given time.


Progress On Goodnight’s Boylan Heights Restaurant

Developer James Goodnight is making progress on transforming an old service station into a new restaurant in Boylan Heights. Two recent development cases indicate the new space could be opening sooner than later.

Earlier this month, the Board of Adjustment heard a case that allows for an exception to the number of required parking spaces, and last week, a new site plan review application was filed with the City.

It’s been more than a year since we last reported on Goodnight’s plans for the former home of Dusty’s Service Shop at 502 W. Lenoir. Goodnight purchased the property in 2014 and originally filed a site plan for the new restaurant back in November of 2016. That application called for reducing and remodeling the existing 5,084 square foot garage into a 4,583 square foot restaurant. The most recent application would keep the existing building at its current size and add another 1,000 square feet onto it.

Goodnight has since engaged the services of Maurer Architecture, and the more recent site plan application gives us an idea of what the new restaurant will look like. For all intents and purposes, the existing facade will remain much the same, and the addition looks like it will be on the right side of the building.


Kale Me Crazy Now Open In Cameron Village

Kale Me Crazy is now open in the former home of Baskin-Robbins in Cameron Village.

According to their website, Kale Me Crazy is a super food cafe offering juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment. The menu also includes poke bowls, acai bowls, coffee, tea, and avocado toast (obvi).

This is owner Jeff Hutto’s second Kale Me Crazy location, and the first location in Raleigh.


Drive Shack, Baby Drive Shack

Drive Shack received permits last week for their three-story driving range with a “large bar and dining area.” The Topgolf competitor’s plans to open in Raleigh were announced exclusively here on the Development Beat back in May.

The new 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. Reddit user “tootskies” posted an interesting question on the Raleigh subreddit last week, asking “Tall white poles near Wade Ave? What are they?”

Those white poles are part of the driving range’s safety net system, designed to catch errant golf balls and prevent them from leaving the facility. The “poles/netting” permits were issued for the project in October 2018. Drive Shack’s website says the location should open by Spring 2019.


New Train at Union Station for the Holidays

A new train is coming to Raleigh’s Union Station for the holiday season. The North Raleigh Model Railroad Club has brought the N-Scale Model Railroad Show to downtown Raleigh for all to enjoy.

The show kicked off last weekend and will continue on Saturdays and Sundays through December 30th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The show is located in the A200 Suite on the Mezzanine Level, a space that is managed by our good friends at York Properties. The show is free and open to the public.

Work Begins on Crabtree Terrace Parking Deck

Work is now underway on the 7-story parking deck set to accompany the new Crabtree Terrace development off Glenwood Avenue.

Located across from the Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Terrace will offer 140,00 square feet of Class A office space, along with 38,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A current list of tenants includes Longleaf Law Partners, the co-working company Spaces, and a high-end restaurant. Adjacent to the property will be a luxury hotel, restaurant, and roof-top bar.

Sitework plans for the building itself were issued earlier this year, and last week, permits valued at more than $15 million were issued to Brasfield & Gorrie for a “7-tier,” 204,201 square-foot parking deck.

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Mary Allison Marlowe has finally been recognized for her culinary skills after preparing a Thanksgiving dinner unlike any other. The James Beard Foundation presented Marlowe with the “Outstanding Thanksgiving Dinner (12 Seats and Under)” award on Thursday evening. • Marlowe’s award-winning meal featured the following dishes and wines: Country Ham Rolls Bacon and Scallion Cheese Biscuits Deviled Eggs Butter Whipped Mashed Potatoes Three Cheese Mac & Cheese Green Bean Casserole W/ Fried Onions 10 LB. Bone-In Smoked Turkey Breast Pecan Pie Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Pie Fritz Müller ‘Perlwine’ Müller-Thurgau Trocken 2017 (4 bottles) Franck Besson ‘Rose Granit’ Sparkling Rosé (4 bottles) Bodegas Chacra “Barda”- Pinot Noir 2017 (4 bottles) • Judges overlooked the fact that the entire meal was ordered from the Ladyfingers Thanksgiving Menu, and that all of the wine was selected by experts from Seaboard Wine. • “We know she bought the whole meal from Ladyfingers, and we don't care. We’re just tired of getting Facebook DMs, texts, and calls from her every year for the last sixteen years. We gave her this award so she'd leave us alone,” said an award representative, who asked not to be named. • After composing a lengthy caption for her Instagram post about how thankful she is for the award, Mary Allison Marlowe sat back to enjoy a bottle of rosé as she waited for the likes to roll in.

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Development Beat: Five Points Condos Planned, Dram & Draught Moving

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Condos planned for Five Points

A Place at the Table featured on Today Show

Dram & Draught moving in to One Glenwood

The Bittery expands its hours

Former St. Mary’s townhouse site for sale

South Person Tattoo Shop may be replaced with restaurant

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Five Points Condos Planned

Condos could be coming soon near Five Points, replacing a two-story office building on Fairview Road.

Designed by Winstead Wilkinson Architects, site review plans refer to the project as “2019 Fairview,” most likely because the address of the property is 2019 Fairview Road. The plans call for a three-story condo building containing five units.

It appears that each of the five units will have three bedrooms and a two car garage. Another six parking spaces will be located outdoors.

The plans are nowhere near as audacious as the rumored Five Points Roundabout Apartment Complex that William Needham Finley IV covered a few years ago on April 1st.


A Place at the Table On Today Show

A Place at the Table, Raleigh’s most charitable restaurant, was featured on the Today Show on Monday. Founder and Executive Director Maggie Kane shared her story behind bringing the pay-what-you-can restaurant to life.

A Place at the Table will soon celebrate its one-year anniversary. The establishment, which has given away nearly 7,000 meals, 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.


Dram & Draught Moving To One Glenwood

Hillsborough Street’s Dram & Draught is moving around the corner to the ground floor of One Glenwood.

As we reported earlier this year, a continuation of the One Glenwood development will be taking over the property where Dram & Draught is currently located. All of this construction is considered part of the Bloc 83 development, which includes a parking deck with ground-floor retail, One Glenwood, and whatever the second phase of One Glenwood is called (Two Glenwood? Tower II? No one really cares).

If all of these buildings and names seem confusing, it’s because they are. Here’s a map to explain it all:

To make things easier, we’re just going to refer to this area as “GlenSo” from now on, since it’s literally as far South as you can get on Glenwood.

Ashton Smith, founder of Raleigh’s #1 rated newsletter, had an exclusive tour of the One Glenwood building at GlenSo last week.


The Bittery Expands

The Bittery will now be open Thursday-Sunday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. A cocktail supply shop that was once open only for cocktail classes on Third Thursdays, The Bittery will now offer its patrons both a soda fountain and mocktail bar.

Located at 501 E Davie Street, The Bittery is run by Crude Bitters. They held their grand opening celebration on November 15. They also carry Zookies Cookies, the finest dog treats on the planet.


Former St. Mary’s Townhouse Lot For Sale

UPDATE: Thanks to a tip from one of our readers, we’ve learned the lot on St. Mary’s that was going to be a townhome project is now for sale.

We reported on the project earlier this year, which was going to feature six adjoining units on a .302-acre parcel of land between Tucker Street. and W North Street.

According to this real estate listing, the lot is now for sale for just under $1.8 million. From the listing: “Glenwood South Approved 6 Lot Brownstone Subdivision. Skip the brutal process of finding land, subdividing etc… and buy some shovel ready property. Look at the attached plans, run your numbers and you will see it’s a highly profitable venture. Only serious offers from Builders ready to close soon after Sub division plat is recorded. Two of the 3 properties that occupied the property have been demolished already.”

Three-Story Mixed-Use Building Proposed for South Person

A small tattoo parlor on South Person Street may soon find itself replaced by a much larger, and wholly different, sort of building.

The one-story commercial building at 510 South Person Street could be transformed into a three-story mixed-use structure. Due to the property’s location within the Prince Hall Historic District, its owners have filed for a Certificate of Appropriateness in an attempt to move forward with the expansion plans.

According to the application, the owners are proposing a three story building with a wrap-around patio on the second floor and rooftop dining atop the third.

The owners still have a lot of administrative hoops to jump through before they can proceed with construction, but it’s worth noting that the building is classified as a “non-contributing” resource in the Prince Hall Historic District. This would potentially allow them to forego the typical year-long embargo on demolishing historic buildings and move forward with the project sooner than later.

Development Beat: Boylan Bridge Brewpub Gets New Owners, New Menu

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Boylan Bridge Brewpub under new ownership

Hotel developer buys downtown Firestone property

Cava Mezze coming to Cameron Village

Cameron Village Holiday Open House this Thursday

Revisn opens on North Boylan

Seaboard Wine celebrates High Park Village grand opening

Panera Bread coming to WakeMed

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Boylan’s Back In Town

EXCLUSIVE: Boylan Bridge Brewpub is back. Thanks to Sara and Chris Abernethy, who became the new owners about a month and a half ago, the brewpub will be making some changes.

Here’s a look at the new menu that comes out this week.

We’re told that most of the beers have been re-engineered. They’ll open at 11:00 am for lunch instead of noon. They’re also looking into adding music on the deck.

We did some investigative journalism to determine they have a new Instagram account: @boylanbrewpub. We’re not the only ones looking forward to checking out the new menu.

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Hotel Company Buys Downtown Firestone Property

Downtown Raleigh’s Firestone auto shop on South Dawson is now in the hands of local hotel developer Winwood Hospitality.

The firm purchased the .8 acre parcel on November 1 for $6 million from Firestone’s parent company Bridgestone. The property has been home for nearly 60 years to auto-related businesses.

Winwood Hospitality told the Triangle Business Journal that they had no immediate plans for redevelopment due to the influx of new hotels in downtown Raleigh. Current zoning will allow them to build up to 20 stories tall.

We cannot confirm if Winwood has any ties to pop-legend Steve Winwood. After seeing a chance and taking it, it seems the firm could be back in the high life again if they decide to roll with it on another hotel project. You’re welcome.


Cava Mezze To Replace Noodles In Cameron Village

Shareholders of Noodles & Company can’t be happy after seeing the news that the Cameron Village location of Noodles & Co. is closed. Even worse, the company tried to retain customers on Twitter by suggesting they drive to Noodles & Co. locations in Brier Creek or Cary. It did not go over well.

Fortunately, Cava Mezze is moving into the space in Cameron Village. Cava Mezze is a sister restaurant of Cava Mezze Grill, that we covered earlier this year, which is coming to SoJo (Midtown East).

The sit-down restaurant version of the fast-casual Cava chain offers similar menus that include classic Mediterranean ingredients like lamb, hummus, falafel, yogurt, and more.

Permits were issued last week to Battino Contracting Solutions out of Virginia for the renovation of the space at 403 Daniels Street.


Cameron Village Holiday Open House

Cameron Village’s annual Holiday Open house is this Thursday, November 15 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This open house has something for everyone; REAL snow, a ferris wheel, music, magicians, giveaways, and a special appearance from Santa Claus.


Executive Apartments Open On North Boylan

Revisn has officially opened for business on North Boylan.

Revisn claims to combine “the comforts of luxury apartment living with the services and amenities of a high-end hotel for extended stay guests.” Revisn’s 48 one and two-bedroom units will boast “fully-equipped kitchens with GE appliances, modern, designer furnishings by Yannis (or is it Laurel?), 4K SmartTVs in the living room and each bedroom.”

Seaboard Wine Holds Official Grand Opening

Seaboard Wine held their grand opening at High Park over the weekend. The celebration featured a free wine tasting, door prizes, discounts, free snacks and free wine totes for the first 50 customers.


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Oh, and puppies.

And ITBlessed wine glasses.

After 33 years in the same location (21 as Seaboard Wine and 12 as Simple Pleasures’ warehouse), Seaboard Wine is now open in its new home at High Park Village on Whitaker Mill Road. The store is open Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

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Panera Bread Coming To WakeMed

Permits were issued last week for a new Panera Bread at the WakeMed Commons area on New Bern Avenue.

The new 6,352 square foot restaurant is getting built out by R.A. Heath Construction Company for a listed cost of $457,218. The WakeMed Raleigh campus is currently home to two restaurants; an Au Bon Pain cafe + bakery and Cafe 3000.

Development Beat: Sneak Peek at Jolie Plans, Downtown Chick-fil-A To Close

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Plans unveiled for Scott Crawford’s Jolie

Chick-fil-A on Fayetteville set to close

Preparing for Trophy expansion

Seaboard Wine at High Park grand opening this weekend

Kane seeks input on “Clancy” development

DOT to take over Raleigh’s Fire Station 22

Voting Day Tips

Today is election day. We have two important announcements.

1.) We’re voting Yes on the Wake County School Bond because we don’t want Broughton to look like this.

2.) We’ve done some extensive investigating to determine where every polling place is located and what’s on every ballot. You’re welcome.

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Sneak Peek at Jolie Plans

Plans have been filed for Jolie, Scott Crawford’s newest restaurant. The five-time James Beard Award semi-finalist announced the venture over the summer.

Crawford recently filed a set of site review plans for Jolie that offered a glimpse of what the new restaurant will look like.

One of the most visible changes will be the addition of a new rooftop terrace seating area. The existing exterior is also set for a significant upgrade, including new doors, windows, lights, and paint schemes. Renderings of the interior paint a picture of a sleek, intimate space that makes the most of its 1,880 square feet of space.

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.


Downtown Chick-fil-A To Close

After nearly a quarter-century in operation, downtown Raleigh’s only Chick-fil-A is set to close its doors for good. The restaurant will close on November 16th.

For a brief second last week, some residents feared the news was related to the hallowed Cameron Village Chick-fil-A location.

A News & Observer report indicated that the closure was wholly the decision of the franchisee, and had nothing to do with the building’s new owners, Capital Realty Group.

Despite its prime location, we imagine this particular Chick-fil-A generated less revenue than average, due to its limited hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. The location experimented with remaining open until 7 p.m. during the summer but reverted back to a 5 p.m. closing in September.

We aren’t sure what’s going to replace the Chick-fil-A, but based on this photo we’re speculating it could possibly be the location of Bird’s Raleigh HQ.


Preparing For Trophy Expansion

After spending days on a pizza and beer fueled stakeout, we’ve determined that work has begun on clearing out the convenience store at 825 W Morgan Street.

The space, along with the old West Morgan Street Laundromat, will eventually become part of Trophy, which has plans to expand their current location next door.

Seaboard Wine at High Park Grand Opening

Our friends at Seaboard Wine will be holding their Grand Opening in HighPark Village this Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

They’ll be offering free wine tasting from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, snacks from Ladyfingers and Taste, door prizes, and a wine sale. The first 50 customers will receive free Seaboard Wine totes.


Kane Seeks Feedback on New Development

Kane Realty is seeking feedback on their newest downtown project, which is currently known as the “Clancy Site.”

Although some had initially assumed the project was named in honor of the late, great novelist Tom Clancy – imagine a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring John Krasinski! – the name comes from the fact that the property has been the longtime home of construction firm Clancy & Theys.

Just last month, we reported on a rezoning case filed by Kane Realty that would allow the firm to redevelop a 6-acre parcel of land at 516 West Cabarrus Street.  Located between Dupont Circle and S. West Street, the project would be a mixed-use complex.

Kane Realty is seeking feedback so they can “better understand your vision for the area to help make this project the best that it can be. ” The brief survey asks things like how you “experience” the area, (resident, business owner, etc.) what you’d like to see the project achieve, what opportunities for improvement should not be missed, and how Kane can ensure the project “complements and enhances the character of the surrounding neighborhood.”


Road Improvements Force Fire Station 22 to Find New Home

A proposed bridge on Durant Road over the CSX S-line railroad tracks is already making its impact felt, as its construction will force the City’s Fire Station No. 22 to relocate about a mile down the road.

As part of the right-of-way land acquisition phase of the bridge project, the NCDOT is set to purchase the 1.95 acre parcel at 9350 Durant Road for about $1.4 million.

Council today is expected to authorize that sale, which will trigger the temporary relocation of Fire Station 22 to a facility at the EM Johnson Water Treatment Plant.

As the Durant Road property was originally donated to the City with the express purpose that it be used for a fire station, $100,000 of the proceeds from the DOT sale will go to the company that donated the land in 1997.

Permanent relocation plans for the new fire station have been in the works for more than a year. The $9 million project will see a new two-story fire station with a one-story apparatus area and three drive-through bays built at 10050 Durant Road on the Abbotts Creek Park parcel.

According to City staffers, “There will be no disruption in fire protection and hazardous materials response in the northeast sector of the City as a result” of the relocation.

For a full history on the station and the plans to relocate, you can, as always, check out Mike Legeros’ excellent write-up here.

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Development Beat: Bojangles’ Coming Near Carter-Finley Stadium

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New Bojangles’ planned near Carter-Finley Stadium

Work begins on Calavera’s new location

Clark Avenue closure updates

Cameron Village Starbucks getting a new entrance

Papa Shogun coming soon to Seaboard

Nice Price Jr. coming to Oakwood

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Bojangles’ Coming Near Carter-Finley Stadium

Bojangles’ is opening a new location just a few football fields away from Carter-Finley Stadium.

According to exclusive site review plans that we obtained last week, Bojangles’ will be turning a vacant 1.6 acre parcel of land into the site of a 4,180 square foot Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits.

Located at 1541 Sunday Drive, the new restaurant is being developed by Tri-Arc Food Systems, one of the largest Bojangles’ franchises in the area. Tri-Arc owns and operates all ten of Raleigh’s existing Bojangles’ locations, as well as a number of locations in surrounding areas.

Could this be the location of next year’s Tasty Beverage New Belgium Bojangles’ Beer Dinner? We’ll keep a close eye on it.


Calavera Begins Work On Tasty 8’s Space

Calavera has begun work on their new location in the former home of Tasty 8’s. Last week, permits were issued for $95,720 worth of renovations to the 1,220 square-foot space at 121 Fayetteville Street.

Calavera, owned by Raleigh restaurateur Ken Yowell (Oak City Meatball, Kaiju), closed its South Blount Street location in February. Fortunately, they found a home for their empanadas and tequila just a few blocks away.

The owner of Tasty 8’s, Dr. Brett Wells (the best dentist in Raleigh), had decided to close the restaurant to focus on his growing dental empire.


You Serious Clark Avenue?

If you’re frustrated with the inability to easily access Cameron Village by using Clark Avenue, you are not alone.

Raleigh residents will have to wait a few more weeks for construction on the stormwater culvert underneath Clark Ave. to be completed. The 70-year-old stormwater pipe will be replaced with two parallel 60-inch concrete pipes that are each about 85 feet long.

Clark Ave. will remain closed between W. Peace Street and the Clark Avenue/Bellwood Drive intersections until construction is finished in November.


A Whole New Door

The Starbucks at Cameron Village is set to undergo a minor renovation. Permits were issued to Independence Construction Company last week for a “front door/entry change” project valued at $7,006.

Hopefully, they won’t have to close during the construction. We all remember what happened last time the Starbucks closed for 48 hours.

Residents Distraught Over Temporary Closure of Starbucks


Papa Shogun Coming to Seaboard Station

Papa Shogun, an Italian/Japanese concept opening at Seaboard station, received ABC Inspection permits last week.

The existence of this new restaurant was first brought to our attention by Raleigh’s @triangleexplorer in June.

ABC permits are usually obtained within a few weeks of a restaurant opening, so we expect this place should be open soon.

Nice Price Jr. Coming To Oakwood

Nice Price Jr. is coming to Oakwood. Located at 222 N. Bloodworth, the store will be a smaller version of Nice Price Books, which has been on Hillsborough Street for decades.

The News & Observer reported last week that the store’s main focus will be vinyl records, although there will also be books, cassettes, and a “baby bar.” We assume this is a bar that is smaller than a typical bar, and not a bar that caters only to babies.

Nice Price Jr. held their soft opening on Friday. They’ll have their beer bottle shop up and running for the grand opening.

Development Beat: Block 83 Coming To Hillsborough Street, Old Rex For Sale Again

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Retail and Parking Development coming to Hillsborough Street

Updates on Tower II at One Glenwood

Old Rex Hospital back on the market, again

Baseball Stadium envisioned for State prison site

Muscle Maker Grill coming to McNeill Pointe

LGBT Center of Raleigh relocating to E Hargett Street


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North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

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Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

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United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

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Retail and Parking Deck Planned For Hillsborough Street

A parking deck with ground-floor retail is coming to Hillsborough Street as part of the new Block 83 development from Heritage Properties. The site at 701 and 709 Hillsborough was for years home to Allen’s Automotive and Rosenberry Rooms.


Heritage, the developers of the nearby One Glenwood, filed site review plans for a project they’re calling “Block 83 Parking Deck.” The 267,333 square-foot structure will stand nearly 90′ tall and provide 693 parking spots. Four retail spaces totaling 8,472 square feet will be located on the ground-floor.

A closer look at the renderings reveals where the four retail spaces are planned, as well as the existence of a “Trash Room.” Seems like the developers thought of everything on this one.

This will be the fourth structure Heritage builds as part of the Block 83 project. While the name might sound like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel, it’s apparently part of an overall rebranding meant to pay tribute to the number assigned to this group of properties back when the city was divided into blocks in the days of yore.

To be fair, naming the development Block 83 is more creative than the standard “Let’s just use the address as the name of the building” formula used by so many recent projects.


One Glenwood Tower II

Heritage Properties released new renderings of Tower II, another phase of the One Glenwood/Block 83 development on Hillsborough Street.

Tower II will be a 10-story, 275,000 square-foot office building with two separate one-story retail buildings comprising a total of 4,850 square feet.

The new renderings show off a courtyard that can be used for concerts/events, as well as a coffee shop inside of a shipping container, because that’s cool and edgy.

The property is currently occupied by a few buildings, including Dram & Draught.  Construction on Tower II is set to begin in the second quarter of 2019.


Old Rex For Sale Again

A request for proposals issued by the North Carolina State Property Office last month seems to indicate that the Old Rex Hospital site may once again be on the market.

The RFP seeks to find a new office space for state employees who are currently housed on the Old Rex site at 700 Wade Avenue. The State is seeking a 10-year lease for about 100,000 square feet of office space and 500 parking spots. The lease would begin on or about May 1, 2019.

Situated at the intersection of Wade Avenue and St. Mary’s Street, the Old Rex campus was specifically singled out in the City’s Wade-Oberlin Area Plan, where it was described as the only site on Wade Avenue where new retail uses should be allowed.

When redevelopment plans were announced in 2016, the City said it hoped to limit that retail use — no one wants to see a Brier Creek style development here — to about five percent of the total square footage.


Field of Dreams

If you Tweet it, they will come.

Oak City Baseball, a “grassroots organization with the goal of bringing Major League Baseball to Raleigh” recently unveiled a concept for a new baseball stadium at the Central Prison site along Western Boulevard.

The plan is quite extensive and very detailed — it describes everything from proposed bus routes and bridge extensions to an elevated greenway to the location of home plate.

The idea, per Oak City Baseball, is to create a stadium like Wrigley Field or Fenway Park that is “nestled within the existing city fabric” and would mesh into the existing neighborhood. The 17-part Twitter thread can be viewed in its entirety here.

Full disclosure, we did not investigate whether @OakCityBaseball has the funds to make the baseball stadium a reality. They did, however, provide more information on their mission:

It’s hard to say how much a project like this would cost. Including land acquisition, we’d estimate anywhere from $1 million to north of $1 billion. However, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity for Field of Dreams photoshops. We considered going with the headline “Field of Pipe Dreams” because the chances of this happening are quite low, but we didn’t want to crush the spirit of a good idea. After all, the one constant through all the years, Raleigh, is baseball.

McNeill Pointe Muscles

A new fast-casual health food franchise will soon be muscling its way into a space at McNeill Pointe in Raleigh’s burgeoning SoJo area (South of Trader Joe’s).

Permits were issued last week for the fit-out of an 1,800 square-foot space for the Muscle Maker Grill at 2330 Bale Street. The chain — which we wrongly assumed was a seafood restaurant specializing in mussels — actually focuses on healthy menu items and meal plans that help improve their customers’ physiques.

The food actually sounds better than you might imagine; they offer flatbread pizzas, Cajun chicken pasta, turkey burgers and more. There are about 50 locations of the chain nationwide.

LGBT Center of Raleigh Set for Relocation

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will soon be relocating from its present location at 324 S. Harrington to a new 2,249 square-foot space at 119 E. Hargett Street.

The organization behind the center was incorporated in 2008, and says that its mission is to “strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.”

As the center’s new home on E Hargett is owned by Empire Properties, the $141,470 project is being handled by the company’s construction subsidiary Empire Hard Hat.

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Development Beat: South Saunders Development Planned

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Week of October 15, 2018

Development planned for South Saunders

WakeMed medical office coming to Cameron Village

Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance Tonight at Union Station

Hotel planned next to Nash Square

Tower 4 under construction in North Hills

Crabtree Terrace progress


Ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

S. Saunders Planned For South Saunders

A new mixed-use development, including a hotel, residential units, restaurants, retail, and office space could be coming to South Saunders, near the edge of Dix Park. Five Horizons, who recently completed the 10Arros project on New Bern Ave, submitted a rezoning application for a new project named S. Saunders.

The development would be located on a 9.15 acre property bounded by South Saunders Street, South Dawson/McDowell Street and Rocky Branch Creek.

The property would be a mix of industrial warehouse conversions and new buildings ranging from 12 to 20 stories that would feature retail, high-density residential, and a public event space.

According to the rezoning application, “The Southern Gateway Corridor Study, led by the Raleigh Urban Design Center, highlights the site as a prime opportunity to create a ‘maker’/tech start-up district.”

The plans note that the site will be oriented to maximize walkability for pedestrians. The development “incorporates the greenway and creek into the overall design to promote natural resources protection, as well as pedestrian access to the creek and greenway.”


WakeMed Plans Medical Office Building in Cameron Village

WakeMed announced plans to redevelop the property at 505 Oberlin Road into a medical office building. The building is currently home to the Cameron Village Post Office, which has been ranked the #1 most trauma-inducing passport office in Raleigh.

WakeMed Physician Practices offices will anchor the building, bringing health and wellness services to Cameron Village. Services will include primary care, urgent care, and other outpatient offerings.

“WakeMed is an exciting addition to the Cameron Village neighborhood,” added George York, president and CEO of York Properties, Inc. “We strive to make the Village a truly complete community serving all our residents and customers.”

The facility is slated to open in mid-2020.


Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance To Be Held At Union Station

The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance will be held tonight at Raleigh’s Union Station. According to their website, these awards recognize “outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh.”

More than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards have been given to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens over the last 30+ years. The awards are given out by the Raleigh Appearance Commission.

A reception with refreshments will be held at 5:30 pm, followed by the presentation of awards at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. As of right now, we are still unsure if ITB Insider has even been nominated. Fingers crossed!


Plans Filed For Hotel Next To Nash Square

A nine-story hotel and restaurant could soon be coming across from Nash Square. The Raymond Management Company, a developer based out of Wisconsin, filed plans with the City for what is currently being called The Nash Square Hotel.

According to the plans, the 196,337 square-foot building would stand 112′ tall, offer 190 hotel rooms, and a restaurant on one of the hotel’s upper floors.

The project would be developed at the intersection of West Martin and South Dawson across six separate parcels of land, which are home to a total of 11,940 square feet of existing buildings. The most well-known of these is the Nash Square Building at 227 West Martin. Built in 1970, the two-story brick office building will be torn down.

Tower 4 Underway At North Hills

Construction of Tower 4 is now underway in the Park District of North Hills. Designed by Duda|Paine Architects, the 20-story building will front Six Forks Road with 11 floors of Class A office space atop 8 levels of integrated parking and ground-level lobby.

According to an exclusive press release, the 328,600 square feet of office space will have access to a conference center and terrace-level amenities, in addition to street-level restaurants. Adjacent will be a 570,000-square-foot 32-story residential tower. The building will have 10 levels of boutique hotel rooms and 22 levels of luxury apartments.

Tower 4 will open in summer 2020.

Foundation Work Underway for Crabtree Terrace

The construction of Crabtree Valley’s newest mixed-use development has hit is latest milestone with the issuance last week of a set of foundation permits to Brasfield & Gorrie.

Located across from Crabtree Valley Mall, Crabtree Terrace will offer 140,00 square feet of class A office space, along with 38,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. It’s expected to be completed by summer of 2019.

Development Beat: Kane’s Cabarrus Plans, Junction West Opens, Pizza In SoJo

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Week of October 8, 2018

Plans for Kane’s Warehouse District development

Junction West opens in Warehouse District

Smokey Hollow Updates

Firenza Pizza coming to SoJo

New Drive-Thru for Chick-fil-A on Lake Boone

North Hills Chipotle opening soon

Aldi on Wake Forest to undergo significant renovations


Ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

Kane’s Cabarrus Plans

Kane Realty is set to expand its growing footprint near downtown’s Warehouse District. Rezoning plans were recently filed to redevelop a 6 acre parcel of land along West Cabarrus Street between Dupont Circle and S. West Street into another mixed-use complex.

Plans for the site include up to 500 residential units, 350,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of commercial/retail space. The ground-level retail entrances will mostly be located along West Cabarrus, and a minimum 2/3 of that first-story facade will be made up of windows. One of its more unique features is a plan to install a rooftop garden on the property’s parking deck.

The rezoning documents also included notes from a recent neighborhood meeting held for the project. 36 different issues were discussed between the developers and the 42 neighborhood attendees, including traffic concerns, architectural styles, community benefits, and the prohibition of bars/lounges.


Junction West Opens

Junction West, a new bar and event space, recently opened next to Raleigh’s Union Station. Located at 310 S West St., Junction West is the creation of Rob and Gabie Frantz. The couple told the TBJ that they plan to focus on local and North Carolina craft beer, along with wine and spirits.

In addition to the bar and event space, there is an outdoor area.

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Junction West will be open 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 1:00 pm – 12:00 am Friday and Saturday , and 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm on Sunday.


Smokey Hollow Updates

We’ve covered this project a lot recently, but a presentation with new details was recently given at a Glenwood South neighborhood meeting. For context, here’s the area of Peace Street being developed.

The main takeaways from the presentation are that the retail, the coveted Publix, and the residential units are expected to all be finished by 2Q of 2020.

Here are some exclusive screenshots we obtained.

Phase I – Peace Raleigh Apartments will have 417 residential units and 50,000 square feet of retail, including the Publix.

Phase II – A 9 story 225,000 square foot office building will be built at 413 North Harrington Street.

An additional mixed-use building, Smokey Hollow, will consist of 280 residential units and 40,000 square feet of retail.

Not much was mentioned about Phase 3, but we assume there will be a connection into the downtown canal that is being constructed on Capital Boulevard. Here’s a link to the full presentation.


Firenza Pizza coming to SoJo

A new build-your-own pizza shop is coming to McNeill Pointe, in the newly named SoJo district of Raleigh. For those who don’t follow @WNFIV closely on Instagram, SoJo is the area located south of Trader Joe’s and near the only car dealership in that area, Thompson Buick GMC Cadillac (#hiMark).

Firenza Pizza, a chain where customers get to pick out every last detail of their pizza before it’s cooked, currently has two locations in North Carolina – both of them in Charlotte.

Permits valued at $176,297 for the renovation of a 2,600 square-foot space on the ground floor of 2320 Bale Street were issued last week to Triangle Enterprises. The company’s website lists the Raleigh location as “Coming Soon” with no indication of how soon “soon” is. We’d wager the restaurant should be open by early next year.

Chick-fil-A Drive Thru

The Chick-fil-A on Lake Boone Trail is planning to upgrade one of the most crucial elements of their business: the drive-thru.

Permits valued at just over $100,000 were issued last week to R & L Builders & Sons for the installation of two new drive-thru canopies. We imagine these will look like the lovely canopies that were recently added to the drive-thru at the Cameron Village Chick-fil-A.

North Hills Chipotle Opening Soon

The new North Hills Chipotle that we first reported on about five months ago will soon be opening its doors to the public. The Chipotle will be located in the Lassiter District between the Panera Bread and the Verizon store that some old guy drove his car through last month.

ABC inspection permits were issued for the new Chipotle at 4421 Six Forks Road last week. It will be Raleigh’s sixth location of the popular chain.

Aldi Shamed Into Renovating Wake Forest Location

Facing fierce competition from the nearby Lidl, the Aldi on Wake Forest Road has decided to make some improvements, likely in an attempt to win back some customers who may have strayed to their chief competitor.

On October 4, permits with a listed value of $1,056,394 for the “interior remodel and expand parapet section” of the Aldi at 4031 Wake Forest Road were issued to National Contractors, LLC.

In November 2017, Lidl opened its first Raleigh location less than half a mile up Wake Forest Road. It’s hard not to draw a straight line between that and Aldi’s current million dollar renovation project.

Development Beat: Wilson’s Eatery Opening Soon At Dock 1053

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Week of October 1, 2018

Wilson’s Eatery opening soon at Dock 1053

Outdoor office space at Union Station

Plans to redevelop Capital Plaza Hotel

Tavern/Restaurant to replace Devolve Moto on Glenwood South

Crabtree Valley Mall food court to become food hall

Updates on Downtown Wayfinding Kiosks

Trinity Road pedestrian tunnel opens


Ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

Wilson’s Eatery Coming Soon to Dock 1053

Wilson’s Eatery, a restaurant named after Wilson the dog, will open Monday, October 8th at Dock 1053. Our investigative journalism broke the news about this restaurant back in May. We kept a close eye on the story by following Wilson’s on Instagram and can confirm that they recently shared their menu:

Chips and Dip (V/GF) $5/8, Pork Nachos $11, Charcuterie Plate $14, Pimento Cheese & Pork Cracklins $7, Lettuce Wraps (GF) $10

Chopped Salad $10, Market Salad (V/GF) $11

Broccoli Salad (GF) $3, Beer Cheese Mac (V) $4, Belgian Fries (V) $3, The Dock Slaw (V) $3

Cha Cha’s BLT – glazed pork belly, lettuce, tomato & Duke’s mayo on sourdough

Grilled Pimento Cheese (V) – house-made pimento cheese with Ashe Co. cheddar & poblano on sourdough

Ell Bell’s Double Cheeseburger – two smashed patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, house pickles & Duke’s mayo on brioche

Veggie Burger (V) – falafel, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato & house pickles on brioche

Southern Fried – crispy chicken thigh, pimento cheese, lettuce & house pickles on brioche

Carnitas Torta – braised pork, ham, avocado, black bean spread, cabbage, American cheese, tomato, house pickles & Duke’s mayo on brioche

Neopolitan (V) – tomato, mozzarella & basil

Old School – tomato, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, peppers & red onion

Veggie (V) – white sauce, mushroom, spinach, red onion & tomato

Steak & Arugula – white sauce, flank steak, arugula, blue cheese & chimichurri

Pork & Pimento Cheese (GF) – pimento cheese, braised pork, pickled red onion, charred cabbage & house-made BBQ sauce


Wilson Bars – decadent house-made bars with toasted rice cereal, peanut butter, butterscotch & chocolate. We assume the idea for these came from Wilson the dog, who was recently featured on DogsofITB:

We got a sneak preview of the menu at the soft opening.


Outdoor Offices At Union Station

Starting this week, you can work outside at Raleigh’s Union Station. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Alfred Williams & Company, and a number of coworking spaces have leveraged synergies to turn Union Station Plaza into Raleigh’s hottest new outdoor office. This space has something for everyone; WiFi, solar-powered shade umbrellas, white boards, tables, benches, a conference table, and more amenities to make sure you and your colleagues can actualize cutting-edge relationships as you begin to close out Q4.

Located at 510 W Martin Street, guests can stop by and work, reserve the 6-12 person conference table in hour long blocks, or attend special events after 5:00 pm. The outdoor office will be open until Friday, October 12th. There is no dress code that we’re aware of, but we assume the standard Patagonia startup vest is acceptable.


Plans for Capital Plaza

The site of the Capital Plaza hotel has seen a number of incarnations over the years, including a Holiday Inn, a Doubletree, and the Hotel Europa. Despite its chic surroundings (two pawn shops within walking distance) and its Eastern Bloc-esque design, the final concept lasted less than a year. The massive five-story concrete structure has sat vacant since 2005, causing it to become a hot spot for urban exploration.

A plan to transform the old hotel into a Radisson was announced in late 2015, but never happened. Last week, a new developer gave a presentation at the Brentwood Community Center on their plans for redeveloping the 8-acre parcel of land.

LIV (a developer, not the nightclub in Miami) would like to demolish the old hotel and replace it with 312 apartments and 24 townhomes. The units would combine to house 500 residents. The residences would not have any affordability limits, and would range in price from $900-$1,800/month.

At the meeting, Andrew Murray of LIV said they would not need to completely rezone the land in order to move their project forward, but noted they would need to revise the conditional uses that prohibit any sort of multifamily outside of senior living.


No Mo’ Moto

A new tavern-style bar and music venue is coming to Glenwood South. The venue will replace Devolve Moto and Vickers & Ruth Plumbing at 304 and 306 Glenwood Ave, the Triangle Business Journal reported last week.

After opening as a bar/cafe/retail shop in 2015, Devolve Moto closed the retail portion of its business in October 2017, and closed the cafe/bar earlier this year.

The space will be filled by a joint effort between Dan Lovenheim (the owner of Cornerstone Tavern, Alchemy, and Capital City Tavern) and Matt Kenner (the owner of Milk Bar, Southern Charred, and Dogwood Bar and Eatery).

From Food Court to Food Hall

CVM Holdings, the owner of Crabtree Valley Mall, apparently wants to break into the food hall space. What better place to start than with their existing food court?

Travis Bailey, creator of and the first person to bring video streaming to Raleigh, notified us via Twitter about a sign at the mall’s food court.

Initially, we had assumed Crabtree was going to try and compete with the food truck space.

We had our technicians enhance the renderings and it looks like the remodel will include new tables, paintings of crops and greenery, couches, a fireplace, and more.

Making Your Way Downtown

Update: City Council was expected to authorize a plan to install interactive kiosks throughout downtown Raleigh on Tuesday. Some members raised objections about the kiosks producing too much light, among other things. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it doesn’t look good right now.

The kiosks are designed to “assist with pedestrian wayfinding and public service announcements/communication.” We first broke the news about these over a year ago.

Downtown Raleigh expert Bill King recently posted an example of the kiosks.

The kiosks would include advertisements. But in a day and age where you’re forced to watch video ads while pumping gas, this was to be expected. Due to limitations on advertising in the public right of way, the type of ads displayed will be more restricted and likely in the vein of government-sponsored campaigns.

It appears that our idea of having ITBlake the intern serve as a virtual assistant will need to be put on hold until we can figure out how to run a government-sponsored campaign.

Trinity Tunnel Opens

NC State fans were finally able to enjoy the new pedestrian tunnel under Trinity Road last weekend. The tunnel allows pedestrians to walk safely and quickly from their cars to the stadium.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation, which oversaw the $4 million+ project, announced last week that the tunnel would be open in time for Saturday’s game. The press release noted that “in addition to providing a safe crossing for fans attending events at the football stadium and PNC Arena, it will also provide safety for attendees to the State Fair in October, when thousands of vehicles are parked on the stadium side of Trinity Road.”

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Development Beat: Smokey Hollow Phase II, More Apartments Planned For Hillsborough Street

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Week of September 24, 2018

Smokey Hollow Updates

Andrews-Duncan House will be a home

Hillsborough Pointe files site plans

Sam Jones BBQ coming to downtown Raleigh?

Apex Outfitters opens downtown

U.S. Attorneys moving into downtown Raleigh

Shoppes at Battle Bridge in Southeast Raleigh expanding


Ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery:

North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

NC Hospital Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Habitat for Humanity

United Way

Volunteer for a 6 or 12 hour shift with the Red Cross

The Carolina Cavalry

Here are a few tips on donating:

Why cash is better than donations

How to avoid charity scams.

We’ll keep you updated on additional ways to help as things progress.

Smokey Hollow Phase II

Kane Realty and Williams Realty & Building Co. recently picked up roughly an acre of land along North West Street, paving the way for Phase II of their Smokey Hollow development.

County records indicate the developers paid about $4.52 million for three parcels of land on August 31. The costliest of the three was a .66 acre piece of land at 506 North West that had been serving as a 96-space surface parking lot.

Phase One, which will include 400 apartments, ground floor retail, and a Publix grocery store, is currently under construction. Phase Two will include office space and additional retail. A third phase is planned as well.


Andrews-Duncan House Will Be A Home

Good news from Goodnight Raleigh. Last week, Ian F.G. Dunn wrote a fascinating and in-depth article about the historic Andrews-Duncan house, which the State of North Carolina recently found a buyer for.

According to the article, the buyer plans to live in the seven bedroom, six bathroom mansion located at 407 North Blount Street. The 10,000+ square foot home was completed in 1873 and commissioned by Colonel Alexander Boyd Andrews, a “construction magnate, railroad executive and capitalist”.


The Pointe Planned For Hillsborough Street

Sadly, the iconic The Point bar in Five Points is not opening a second location on Hillsborough Street. Hillsborough Pointe is actually the name of Blue Sky Development’s planned apartment building at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Bagwell Avenue.

The project would be four stories tall, 29,555 square feet, and would include ground-floor retail. Plans show a total of 29 residential units — 12 one-bedrooms and 17 two-bedrooms.

The site is currently home to J & J Auto, which would have to be torn down before work starts on Hillsborough Pointe.

Blue Sky Development recently built the Friendly Apartments just off Hillsborough, and more recently announced plans for the University Park Condos, an 88-unit building near the Arby’s.

Keeping Up with The Joneses

EatRaleigh reported some news last week that we hope turns out to be true: Sam Jones of Sam Jones BBQ and Skylight Inn might be opening a restaurant in downtown Raleigh.

There is currently one location for Skylight Inn — in Ayden, NC – and one for Sam Jones BBQ, in Winterville, NC. Several other users on social media seemed to confirm the rumor of the downtown Raleigh shop, but until we hear something official we’ll just have to keep our fingers crossed.

Downtown Raleigh’s Apex

Apex Outfitters and Board Co. has officially opened in downtown Raleigh. The outdoor retailer had announced its plans to move into the former home of DECO at 19 W Hargett Street earlier this year.

Not surprisingly, Apex currently has a location in … Apex, NC. Their wares include everything from skateboards to waterproof jackets, although we imagine the store’s winterwear will be more popular than its longboards over the next few months.

Law & Order: Wells Fargo Capital Center

Downtown Raleigh’s white-collar criminals beware: the U.S. Attorney’s Office will soon be moving into the Wells Fargo Capital Center, an upgrade that can only mean they want to be located closer to Miller Law Group after Stacy Miller’s historic Fyre Festival victory.

Permits issued last week indicate the U.S. Attorney’s Office will move from the Terry Sanford Federal Building on New Bern Avenue into three stories of the Wells Fargo Building at 150 Fayetteville Street. McDonald York will be handling the build out of the space.

Southeast Shopping

The Shoppes at Battle Bridge in Southeast Raleigh will soon be expanding, as site review plans were filed showing plans for three new out-parcel buildings.

These include a 4,000 sq ft retail building, a 1,835 sq ft restaurant, and a 1,800 sq ft vehicle repair shop. They’ll be built at the intersection of Rocky Quarry and Battle Bridge Roads.

The shopping center at present has a total of 62,000 square feet of space and is anchored by a Food Lion. County records indicate it was built in 2007 and expanded in 2011.

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