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Irregardless Cafe sold

Village Deli expansion in Cameron Village

Seaboard Wine Tasting this Saturday

State of Beer announces expansion

Downtown South project makes progress

First Watch coming to Lake Boone Trail

Mixed-use could be coming to Western Boulevard

Hibernian is raising money for Australia

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Irregardless Cafe Sold

Irregardless Café, home to some of the finest chocolate chip pancakes in the world, has been sold. Raleigh residents need not panic. Locals Lee Robinson and David Meeker are the new owners and it seems that they don’t plan on making many changes.

Located at 901 W. Morgan Street, the restaurant has been a popular spot for decades. According to their website, Irregardless Café was founded in 1975 by Arthur and Anya Gordon as Raleigh’s first vegetarian restaurant. They eventually added menu options for omnivores, but kept a commitment to sustainability and healthy living. Their website also has a nice account of the restaurant’s 40+ year history that we recommend checking out.

While it’s great to hear that the new owners are committed to keeping things the way they are, we wouldn’t be upset if they added a Trophy breakfast pizza to the menu.

Village Deli Expands In Cameron Village

Photo: Village Deli Facebook

Village Deli in Cameron Village has expanded into the space of its next-door neighbor, Moe’s Southwest Bar and Grill. Last week, our friends over at the Triangle Food Blog noted that Village Deli planned to add over 20 more seats as part of the expansion.

Permits were issued in October 2019 for a “410 square-foot expansion” of the dining area at 500 Daniels Street. Renovation permits were issued around the same time for the Moe’s at 506 Daniels. The renovations to Moe’s wrapped up in late December.

Saturday Seaboard Wine Tasting

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village will host a tasting on Saturday (1/11) from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm featuring Melinda Kate (aka Darma’s mom) with BFR Distributing. She will be celebrating her birthday while pouring samples of some excellent wines from France, Italy and Austria!

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!

State of Beer Expanding

State of Beer announced plans to expand into the former home of Runologie on Hillsborough Street. According to an exclusive source, we learned the following: “BIG NEWS: We’re expanding! First off, we’d like to wish @runologie the best of luck in their new space along side our homies @pinestatecoffee. They’ve been incredible friends and great stewards of the downtown Raleigh retail scene!

With that said, we’re excited to announce that we are growing into the former Runologie space! This will mean a lot more indoor seating, more legroom for our growing natural wines, and of course, the same curated beer experience you’re already familiar with.”

The text on the picture posted by State of Beer reads, “Coming very soon 2020!” This leads us to believe that the expansion will happen within the next 12 months. We’ll keep an eye on this as it progresses.

Downtown South Project Makes Progress

Raleigh is one step closer to getting an entertainment complex near downtown. In December, Steve Malik, John Kane, and Billie Redmond, the group behind the Downtown South development, announced the purchase of 88 acres for the project.

TradeMark Properties revealed the following on Instagram, “TradeMark is so excited to announce the closing of two large tracts of land for the Downtown South development. We couldn’t be prouder to be the site selection team for this transformational project for south Raleigh!”

Billie Redmond told the TBJ, “The closing of these two sites is the first domino falling into place. This is going to be a gamechanger for south Raleigh.”

In 2019, Steve Malik shared details about the project with us in an exclusive interview.

The plans originally called for a soccer stadium and entertainment complex, with the goal of attracting an MLS team to Raleigh. The MLS recently awarded Charlotte with an expansion team, which will eventually be known as the biggest mistake in the history of soccer.

We reached out to Steve Malik to see if there are plans to build a statue of Broughton legend Izzy Hernandez at the new development.

We are still waiting for a reply.

First Watch Coming To Lake Boone

An upscale breakfast-chain is coming to the Marketplace shopping center on Lake Boone Trail. First Watch launched in 1983 but has grown rapidly over the last few years. There are now over 300 First Watch restaurants, with another planning to open in Raleigh this year.

While there are already three locations in Raleigh, (one on Glenwood north of the mall, one at Triangle Town Center on Capital, and another in Brier Creek) this is the fist time we’ve heard of this establishment.

According to their website, they begin each morning at the crack of dawn, everything is made to order and freshness is “never compromised.” They don’t use heat lamps or deep fryers, and they welcome you with a pot of coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi access.

While investigating their menu we learned that they offer Vanilla Chai Latte Pancakes. We are not making this up.

The $268,000 renovation of the space is being handled by Capital Construction.


Mixed-use Could Be Coming To Western Boulevard

A recently-filed rezoning case could lead to new housing just off Western Boulevard near the beltline. Case Z-50-19 would rezone a .22-acre parcel at 913 Method Road from R-10 to Neighborhood Mixed-Use with a three-story building limit.

The applicant notes that this rezoning would put the property in line with others on the block, and allow for both “residential and commercial use on the site in keeping with surrounding properties.”

The site is currently home to a 768 square-foot house built in 1951.

Hibernian Raising Money For Australia

Due to the catastrophic fires currently raging in Australia, Raleigh-based Hibernian Hospitality Group will be raising funds for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

On Thursday, January 16th, Hibernian Pub on Glenwood will donate 10% of all sales to the fire fighting efforts. Funds donated to the NSW Rural Fire Service directly benefit volunteer firefighters who are currently working hard to save lives, homes, and wildlife across Australia. 

“We are heartbroken by all of the destruction happening in Australia and invite the Raleigh community to come out, have a pint, and help us raise money for this worthy cause,” said Hibernian Hospitality Group owner, Niall Hanley. Hibernian Pub is located at 311 Glenwood Ave. and is open from 11:00 AM until 2:00 AM.

Miller Law Group On The Move

The law offices of Stacy Miller have moved. After residing in downtown Raleigh for years, Miller Law Group has moved to an office at 2424 Glenwood Ave. This area shall henceforth be known as Millertown. 

The new space will allow the firm to continue their tradition of excellence in fighting injustice.

York Develops New Website

Our friends at York have unveiled a new website. They recently shared the following on Instagram, “We didn’t change the way we do business, just the way we talk about our business. We helped build this community and are proud to be able to deliver our story and our services at the click of a button!”

Longleaf Hotel Progress

Loden Properties recently shared some progress of the Longleaf Hotel. For more information on the history of the hotel, check out Podcast Raleigh’s recent episode featuring Russ Jones from Loden Properties.

Wine & Design Grand Opening At Union Station

Wine & Design held their grand opening at Union Station last month. Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary aka Mr. Wonderful, who did a deal with Wine & Design during their appearance on Shark Tank, was in attendance. He did not invest in any of ITBlake the intern’s business pitches.

The Wine & Design corporate headquarters are now up and running on the upper mezzanine area of Raleigh’s Union Station. The 2,700 square foot space (managed by our good friends at York Properties) will be used as their new corporate headquarters and as an expanded retail event space. They also have access to a large outdoor event space with incredible views of downtown.

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