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Neuse River Brewing adding a kitchen

Raleigh Country Club course to be renovated

Free Wine Tasting at Seaboard Wine on 7/13

New Transit in Downtown Raleigh

Destination SunFest at Dix Park is July 13th

Drive Shack is hiring

Crabtree owners attempt a makeover

Triangle Town Center foreclosure

Dog of the Week

Other News

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Dining at Neuse River Brewing

Remember when the Neuse river had all that pfiesteria? Well, fortunately this development has NOTHING to do with that. The Neuse River Brewing Company will soon open a kitchen to complement their existing taproom, offering patrons the chance to dine on fresh, locally sourced food.

Permits valued at just under $20,000 were issued for the build-out of a new kitchen in the existing 597 square-foot storage area.

The new kitchen will reportedly transform Neuse River into a sort-of European-style bistro, offering “fine-dining concepts in a casual atmosphere,” according to their Facebook page. Once the restaurant opens, they’ll offer mixed drinks alongside their lineup of in-house brews.

The Neuse River Brewing Company is located at 518 Pershing Road and originally opened in 2015.



Raleigh Country Club Course Closing Next Year

Not Webb Simpson

Raleigh Country Club will be shut down for much of next year for a significant expansion and renovation project.

McConnell Golf owner John McConnell recently told the TBJ that Raleigh Country Club will be closed from next February until late September. McConnell indicated the renovation would be “transformational” and would cost millions.

McConnell has hired golf course architect Kyle Franz to lead the transformation, which includes adding 15 acres to increase the total yardage to over 7,000 yards.

The golf course was one of the final courses to be designed by famed architect Donald Ross (no relation to Bob Ross). The design is described by the Donald Ross Society as “making each hole present a different problem, making every stroke count, and taking full advantage of terrain while wasting no ground.”

The club, located off New Bern Ave., also includes dining, aquatics, and event spaces “for all members of the family to enjoy.”


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Free Tasting at Seaboard Wine 7/13

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free tasting Saturday (7/13) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Ariel Tetterton from Advintage Wines will be pouring a refreshing selection of new arrivals from California and Europe to keep you cool in the NC heat!

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!



New Transit in Downtown Raleigh

They see me rollin’…

A new transit option recently appeared in Downtown Raleigh. We haven’t had time to investigate, but the sign on the vehicle seems to indicate that this is Raleigh’s newest free golf cart rideshare service.

We expect the mouth breathing faction of the City Council to ban this by the end of week, if not sooner.


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Destination SunFest at Dix Park

Dix Park will host Destination SunFest on July 13th from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This is a celebration of the completion of the Master Plan and welcome party to take pictures of sunflowers. The event will include amusement rides, Putt Putt, live music, hayrides, local food and beer, and much more.

The schedule for Entertainment and Music is:

2:45 – 4:00 pm – Africa Unplugged
4:30 – 5:30 pm – The Sunday Special
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Hammer No More The Fingers
7:30 – 9:00 pm – 120 Minutes

Dix Park asks that you RSVP, although it’s not required. This event is free to the public thanks to Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy donors.

Drive Shack Hiring in Raleigh

The highly anticipated Drive Shack entertainment venue will hold a series of hiring events through the month of July in order to fill more than 400 positions in Raleigh.

Postings on the company’s website and recruiter GlassDoor.com state that Drive Shack will be “hiring for both full- and part-time roles” to support its “65,000 square foot, 96-bay entertainment venue.”

It’s been over two years since we first reported on Drive Shack coming to Raleigh. No announcement has been made on an opening date, but we’ve heard early September.



Crabtree Valley Mall Redevelopment

This is still in a floodplain…

Crabtree Mall could be getting a whole lot taller. The mall’s owners are planning to file a rezoning request to build a 30-story mixed-use tower on the site of Sears (RIP).

The new project will reportedly include all the usual mixed-use suspects: office, hotel, restaurant, and miscellaneous entertainment. The tower would cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $290 million, and the requisite rezoning would only apply to the portion of the mall’s property where the tower would be built.

No word on what they plan to do about the fact that the entire building is in a floodplain.



Foreclosure Looms Over Triangle Town Center

Who could have seen this coming? A public notice recently appeared in the News & Observer, indicating that the Triangle Town Center mall was heading towards foreclosure.

CBL & Associates, who manage and partly own the mall, will have a foreclosure sale on July 11th. A reddit thread predicted the demise of the mall over 8 months ago. We’re not exactly sure what this means for the property, but none of you actually shop there so we won’t bother to investigate.

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People filed to run for City Council

We ran a poll to determine the name of the proposed Downtown stadium. According to our poll, the stadium will be named after Broughton legend Izzy Hernandez.

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