by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: New Dram & Draught Coming Soon, Biscuitville Coming to Western Blvd.

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Dram & Draught coming soon to One Glenwood

York Elementary set for renovation

Biscuitville coming to Western Boulevard

Bar on a Bowstring

Halcyon Days Are Near

321 Coffee Opens First Retail Location

WRAL wants to drop eggs from a helicopter

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Dram & Draught Coming Soon to One Glenwood

Dram & Draught should be opening in One Glenwood soon. Although the original location at 623 Hillsborough remains open, work has already begun on the new Dram & Draught at One Glenwood, or, as WNFIV has designated it, “GlenSo.”

We first reported on this relocation back in November 2018, as the GlenSo development will eventually take over the land at 623 Hillsborough.

The new home of Dram & Draught will come at a cost of $350,000, which will include the “first time fit-out” of a 2,520 square-foot space at the new development. The work is being handled by Racanelli Construction South out of Apex.


York Elementary Set for Renovation

York Elementary is about to undergo a $44.49 million renovation. Originally built in 1965 as J.W. York Elementary School, site review plans were recently filed that will bring major changes to the 70,000+ square foot campus.

The entire campus at 5201 Brookhaven Drive will be replaced with a new building, parking, landscaping, and play areas. The new building, designed by Skinner Farlow Kirwan Architecture, will be nearly 50% larger, clocking in at a total of 109,750 square feet.

Construction by the Gilbane Building Company is currently scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2020, with an anticipated occupancy date of January 2022. Barton Pond Elementary will be used to house the students while this campus is under construction.


Biscuitville Sets its Sights on Western Boulevard

At long last, Raleigh will finally be getting a second Biscuitville, which will be opening on Western Boulevard in 2019.

The new Biscuitville will be located in the former home of Wicked Tacos, next to Cook Out and a few doors down from Bojangles’.

Biscuitville is currently negotiating for a general contractor to renovate the 3,140 square-foot building located at 3928 Western Boulevard near NC State.

Bowstring Bar

Site plans have been filed for a new bar and restaurant named the Bowstring Bar, which will be located at 1930 Wake Forest Road just off the Capital Boulevard interchange.

At first, we thought this was a bar attempting to compete with the new axe throwing bar trend by allowing patrons to shoot a bow and arrow while drinking. We still have not confirmed if this is the case.

This is a real thing.

The plans call for a new, 10,637 square-foot building that will stand about 22′ tall and come equipped with a total of 30 parking spaces.

The preliminary drawings depict a unique, almost dome-shaped building with plenty of glass windows and what we imagine will be a spacious dining area.

No word on when Bowstring will open, but we’ll be sure to keep our eyes out for any future permits.


Halcyon Days Are Near For Former Home of Mosaic

There’s gonna be some changes made at 517 West Jones Street. A new bar named Halcyon should soon open in the space, thanks to a recent ABC Inspection.

517 West Jones Street was the long time home of Mosaic and the brief home of 5 Lounge & Discotorium. A new tenant signed a lease last November. Braxton Anthony, Senior Vice President at Avison Young at the time, represented the landlord in the lease transaction.

Although the bar has both a Facebook page and a website, not much information is available on either site, beyond the address, the hours (5 p.m. – 2 a.m.)  and the fact that it will serve “liquor, wine, beer, coffee, & soft drinks.” Something for everyone, then.

321 Coffee Opens First Retail Location

321 Coffee has opened a retail location at the State Farmers Market. 321 Coffee is a “nonprofit coffee shop… staffed by individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities” and operates in partnership with students from NC State.

The 321 in the name is “representative of Down Syndrome — the third copy of the 21st chromosome.” The business hopes to “highlight the uniqueness of those with Down Syndrome and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

The location at the State Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You can follow them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @321coffeesocial.

WRAL Looks to Toss Eggs From Sky 5

Raleigh City Council today will review an unusual request: “permission to allow an aerial drop of plastic easter eggs from the WRAL News helicopter, Sky 5.”

This aerial drop would take place on Saturday, April 13, “in conjunction with the Annual Spring Fling/Adult Egg Hunt event scheduled to take place in Dorothea Dix Park.”

Council approval is required due to section 13-2006 of the Municipal Code of Ordinances, which states in part that it shall “be unlawful for any person in any aircraft to throw or cause or permit to be thrown out, discharged, or dropped any ballast, instruments, tools, containers, posters, handbills…” unless the Council permits “the distribution of such advertising matter as to the Council may appear consistent with the public interest.”

Considering their recent stance on electric scooters, we’re not so sure WRAL will get the approval. We wish them the best.

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