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Biscuitville opening soon on Western Boulevard

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 9/14

Axe-Throwing on Atlantic

Hops for Hope at North Hills 9/14

Pizza La Stella closed on Fayetteville Street

Smoky Hollow approved for up to 40 stories

New Orleans on New Bern

Other News

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Biscuitville Opening Soon On Western Boulevard

While the rest of the world goes mad over the Popeyes chicken sandwich, Biscuitville has been quietly working on their new Western Boulevard location. 

In April, we reported that the new Biscuitville will be located in a 3,140 square-foot building at 3928 Western Boulevard next to Cook Out and a few doors down from Bojangles’ and Popeyes.

On September 4, the City approved permits for a “presale board and new menu board” – also known as an outdoor drive-thru menu. Installation of the drive-thru menu is often one of the final stages when building out a new restaurant. They should be open fairly soon.

Tasting at Seaboard Wine 9/14

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (9/14) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Robin Bodwin with Proof Wines always brings an interesting and eclectic selection of wines to sample from the west coast and Europe!

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


Axe-Throwing On Atlantic

An indoor axe-throwing facility could be coming to a spot on Atlantic Avenue just south of the intersection with Hodges Street. 

Aston Properties, a Charlotte-based developer, recently filed a site review plan that called for a change-of-use for the 7,500 square-foot warehouse at 2415 Atlantic Avenue from a “print shop” to an indoor recreational facility. The existing warehouse, built in 1985, was sold to Aston Properties in September 2018.

Although the project’s title on these plans is listed as “Urban Axe,” there’s a good chance this new business is related, or will at least be similar to, the indoor axe-throwing franchise Urban Axes, which opened a facility in Durham last fall.

Urban Axes, whose name is pretty self-explanatory, functions as a sort-of bar where patrons hurl axes at targets in both league and recreational settings. It sounds incredibly safe. 

Hops For Hope at North Hills 9/14

Hops for Hope will be held this Saturday, September 14th, at North Hills from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event pairs corporate teams with local breweries to raise money for Children’s Flight of Hope, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides air transportation for children to access specialized medical care.

26 corporate teams and 24 of the best local breweries will compete against each other. Each team creates their own beer that is then judged by attendees and a panel of experts with refined palates. The event also includes food trucks, a vendor village, and performances from local bands.

General Admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, unlimited tastings of all 26 beers, and re-entry. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the event. VIP tickets are $75 and include entrance to Chuy’s private patio with food and margaritas, and covered seating. Purchase tickets here.


Pizza La Stella Closed On Fayetteville

Just over a year since the closure of its Hillsborough Street location, Pizza La Stella has shuttered its Fayetteville Street eatery in downtown Raleigh. 

The only remaining Pizza La Stella on Kildaire Farm Road will, according to the good folks over at the Triangle Food Blog, soon be joined by a new location later this year in North Raleigh, with other neighborhood locations coming soon.

Smoky Hollow Approved For Up To 40 Stories

City Council approved rezoning plans that will allow for a tower of up to 40 stories to be built at the Smoky Hollow development at the intersection of W. Peace and N. Harrington.

The rezoning case, which is part of the third phase of Smoky Hollow, was filed earlier this year by Kane Realty. The application noted that the proposed mixed-use tower would “increase the amount of downtown housing options, as well as the amount of office and retail space for potential tenants.” Construction on the new tower is expected to begin within 2-3 years. 

Phase I of the Peace & West/Smoky Hollow 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.

New Orleans On New Bern

Although it opened to the public more than a month ago on August 7, Secrets Cajun Kitchen on New Bern will hold its official grand opening later this month, at an event on September 16. 

The restaurant, located in the former home of Remington Grill at 4511 New Bern, features an array of New Orleans-inspired food, including gizzards, gator, gumbo, and po’ boys.

The ribbon-cutting will take place at 4 p.m. on the 16th, and special discounts will be offered throughout the evening.

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Progress on Wine & Design at Union Station

The Southeast Raleigh YMCA had a ribbon cutting.

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