by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Former IHOP To Become Something Or Get Demolished

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Former IHOP to become something or be demolished, who knows?

Ridge Road apartments planned

Seaboard Wine tasting and events

Calavera closes, opens online

Standard Beer and Food plans to open in March

Progress on Crafty Crab

New ABC store coming to Glenwood

NCFC and Dreamville team up

Root Rocks fundraiser March 6

Peace Street Bridge remains undefeated

Vote for Brewgaloo

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Old IHOP Might Be Renovated Or Demolished, Who Knows?

Editor’s Note: James wrote up the news that a clubhouse was being built as part of the Uncommon Apartments at 3020 Hillsborough Street. For some reason, I misread that as the location of another apartment project that’s under construction near the old IHOP at 1313 Hillsborough Street.

1313 Hillsborough Street, former home of IHOP

According to, the apartments surrounding the IHOP are being called 103 Park and 104 Ashe because nothing makes sense anymore. For some reason, I assumed the IHOP building was being converted into some sort of clubhouse for the surrounding apartments. I reached out to LiveOnHillsborough via chat to see if they could provide any insight.

To be clear, permits were issued last week for a 1,280 square foot clubhouse that will be part of the new Uncommon Apartments student housing building. That apartment building is located at 3020 Hillsborough street, which was formerly home to East Village, College Beverage, that car dealership or mechanic or whatever it was, and some other shops no one will remember.

Rendering from Uncommon Apartments, former home of East Village, College Beverage, etc.

The clubhouse will include a “club room” and “gaming.” Other amenities at the three-story complex will include a hammock garden, fire pits, a pool deck with cabanas, a weight room, and more.

NOT the old IHOP

So, what’s going to happen to the IHOP building? I assume the building will either be demolished or renovated as part of the surrounding apartments. Apologies for the confusion. It will probably happen again.

Ridge Road Apartments Planned

Ridge Road residents could soon be getting some new neighbors. Plans were recently filed by CCH Properties that call for the construction of a 3-story mixed-use building at 1209 Ridge Road. It seems that the building will include 17 residential units and approximately 3,000 square feet of retail.

The commercial portion of the project will most likely be used as office space.

Seaboard Wine Tasting

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting winemaker Franck Besson from Beaujolais this Saturday (2/29) from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Stop by and sample his exquisite wines from Julienas.

Seaboard Wine’s Winter Wine Class series continues with a sold out class on February 28th, followed by a class on March 27th. Classes are $39 and you can make a reservation here.

Their Thursday Flight Night series continues next Thursday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm for $18 per person. This is an informal “taste at your own pace” format and you may sample at your leisure. Visit their Eventbrite for reservations and more info.

Calavera Closes, Opens Online

Calavera announced this week that they plan to close, open online, and use their physical space for private events. In an message obtained via Instagram, we learned the following:

“Hello everyone! We have received a lot of inquiries about when we will reopen. We have been waiting to make an announcement because we have sold our concept. Calavera will be available for online ordering soon, but not yet. We wanted to make the announcement when delivery is up and running, but, we didn’t want to keep you waiting any longer. We will post as soon as you are able to order Calavera through Grubhub.

As for the building, we have been making renovations and it is available for private events, like our extremely successful Drag Brunch, which will be held the last Sunday of each month. DM us for event inquiries.
Thank you to everyone that has made Calavera a part of your lives for so many years!”

In 2019, we reported on Calavera’s move to the former home of Moonlight Pizza. The empanada and tequila bar was previously located at 444 S. Blount Street until early 2018.

Standard Beer and Food Plans To Open In March

Standard Beer and Food should be open by mid-March, according to an Instagram comment we obtained via looking at Instagram for hours this week.

In October of 2019, we reported on progress at Standard Beer and Food. A little over a year after the April 2018 closure of Standard Foods it was announced that the owners of Bond Brothers would be re-opening the space as Standard Beer and Food. 

In June 2019, the News & Observer reported that Whit Baker and Andy Schnitzer had been looking for a location adjacent to “communities [that would] support it.”

“We’re getting rid of the market and adding the brewery function, but we’re keeping the philosophy of regional producers and artisans,” Schnitzer told the News & Observer at the time. “The food program will not be the same. It’ll be more casual, but not your traditional brewpub.”

The pair said any renovations to the space at 205 E. Franklin Street would be minor.

Crafty Crab In The Neighborhood

Permits were recently issued to transform the former home of Applebee’s on Hillsborough Street into Crafty Crab, a seafood chain out of Florida.

In December of 2019, our friends over at the Triangle Food Blog reported that a “Coming Soon” sign had appeared in the window of the Applebee’s at 3625 Hillsborough Street. The sign was for Crafty Crab, a chain that currently operates about 14 locations in five states.

Permits for the renovation at 3625 Hillsborough were valued at more than $250,000 and issued to 3Y Construction. We’d guess Crafty Crab would be open for business later this year.

New ABC Store Coming To Glenwood

A new ABC store is coming to Glenwood Avenue near the Townridge Shopping Center. Permits were recently issued for the construction of a 8,725 square foot building at 6809 Davis Circle. The new store is more than twice as large as the existing ABC Store across the street, allowing for a much wider selection of alcoholic beverages.

Site plans for the new ABC Store look pretty standard. Although, for a second we mistook a loading dock for a drive-thru, and imagined that this would become the most popular liquor store in the county.


NCFC Teams Up With Dreamville

The North Carolina Football Club announced that Dreamville Festival will serve as its front-of-jersey sponsor for its men’s professional soccer team, North Carolina FC (NCFC), leading into the world-renowned music festival in April. The sponsorship includes Dreamville Festival’s logo on the front of NCFC’s official home and away jerseys.

The second annual Dreamville Festival will take place on Saturday, April 4 at Dorothea Dix Park. The festival was founded by GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and producer J. Cole. Last year, the festival welcomed over 40,000 guests. The festival benefits the Dreamville Foundation and the Dix Park Conservancy.

Authentic jerseys can be purchased online. Each jersey purchased between now and March 6 will come with a ticket to NCFC’s home opener on Saturday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. against Louisville City FC. Those who purchase a jersey during this period will also be entered to win two VIP tickets to the Dreamville Festival and two VIP Suite tickets to an NCFC home game of the winner’s choice.

Other News

Root Rocks Fundraiser March 6th

The Root Rocks celebration will be held on Friday, March 6th. The fundraiser is free and open to the public and will feature live music from The Remedy band, food, drinks, and a LIVE and SILENT auction.

The Root Foundation is hoping to reach its 2020-2021 fundraising goal of $200,000 to support teaching positions like Spanish, art, STEM, AIG, and reading intervention. Click here to make your donation to the foundation.

The Aldert Root Elementary Foundation funds additional teaching positions above those provided by the Wake County Public School System budget. The Foundation only funds teaching positions, while the PTA funds school supplies, teacher training, and other school needs.

When: March 6th from 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Hummingbird 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. – Plan to Uber/Lyft/White Horse as parking is limited

Peace Street Bridge Remains Undefeated

Vote For Brewgaloo To Win Best Beer Festival In America

Shop Local Raleigh’s Brewgaloo is once again in the running for Best Beer Festival in America. Brewgaloo is currently ranked third in the voting, which is being done by USA Today. You can vote once per day for the next 25 days.

Brewgaloo 2020 will be held April 24-25th in downtown Raleigh. The festival features over 110 craft breweries from around NC, as well as local food trucks, vendors, and bands.

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  1. The old IHOP is 1313 Hillsborough St, not 3020. Uncommon Apartments are located closer to NC State and across from Stanhope.

  2. The old IHOP is 1313 Hillsborough… 3020 is across the street from the new IHOP, where Uncommon is being built

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