by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Calavera Returns, Work Begins On Jolie

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Calavera opens in new location

Seaboard Wine tasting events

Work begins on Jolie

Two new tenants for Union Station

Sir Walter Raleigh Award Nominations

Just Salad coming to Lake Boone

New Social Security Office building coming to Raleigh

Work begins on Raleigh’s latest Lidl

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

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Calavera Opens In Former Home Of Moonlight Pizza

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

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

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

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


Seaboard Wine Events

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

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

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

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


Work Begins On Jolie

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

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

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

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

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

Two New Tenants For Union Station

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations Open For Sir Walter Raleigh Awards

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

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

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


Just Salad Coming To Lake Boone

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

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

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

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

New Social Security Office Building Coming to Raleigh

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

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

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

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

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

Work Begins on Raleigh’s Latest Lidl

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

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

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

At the time, I reported that “the store was bright, clean and modern, with an aesthetic that seemed more borrowed from Ikea than Aldi’s apparent muse of a bodega. On Sunday night, the lot was packed and seven out of the eleven available registers were open; a delightful ratio rarely seen in today’s cutthroat retail environment. Heck, even the shopping carts were nice.”

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

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