by William Needham Finley IV™

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?!?!?


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

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