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Drive Shack opens this week

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 8/24

Raleigh is trash

Locals Oyster Bar does dinner

Row House opens in SOJO

D.H. Hill entrance reopens after 30 years

Rebuilding City Plaza

More apartments on Hillsborough Street

Other News

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

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Drive Shack Opens This Week

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

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

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

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

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

Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 8/24

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

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

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


Raleigh Is Trash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Locals Oyster Bar Does Dinner

Photo: Owen Scott Jordan

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

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

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

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


Row House Opens At SOJO

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

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

D.H. Hill Entrance Reopens

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

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

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

Rebuilding City Plaza

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

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

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

More Apartments On Hillsborough

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

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

Hoop-A-Thon This Weekend

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

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

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

Other News

In this section, we just embed social media posts from other people. It’s called outsourcing, and it’s brilliant.

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

Progress on Mordecai Beverage Co.

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