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Development Beat: Nexus News, (ish) Update, Rosewater Opens

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Updates on Nexus development

Progress on (ish) Delicatessen

Seaboard Wine Tasting (11/2)

Rosewater opens in North Hills

Flying Mayan coming to Fayetteville St.

Work on BREW at Gateway Plaza

Hilton Hotel planned near PNC Arena

NC Museum of History Halloween Party October 31st

Steakhouse chain coming soon near Crabtree

Other News

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News On Nexus In DTR

We now know a little bit more about one of downtown Raleigh’s newest developments. A pre-leasing flyer from Foundry Commercial, the exclusive leasing agent for the office portion of the property, has shed some light on plans for Nexus.

In February, California-based Acquisition Group announced plans to develop a 1+ million square foot mixed-use project. Nexus includes a 20-story office tower and residential and hotel towers. 

The flyer describes plans for a 250-room hotel, 48,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that will include a grocery store, approximately 300 apartments, and 100 condominiums.

Formerly the home of The News & Observer, Nexus will be located at 215 S. McDowell Street. Designed by Gensler and built by a joint venture between Barnhill Contracting Company and Brasfield & Gorrie, construction on Phase One is expected to begin in early 2020.

Progress On (ish) Delicatessen

Back in January, we reported that the downtown Days Inn would be replaced by the boutique Longleaf Hotel. As part of this new development, the existing NC Deli would be replaced by (ish) Delicatessen. 

Site plans have been filed for (ish), indicating that the current one-story, 1,320 square foot structure will be torn down. The new structure will stand two stories tall and encompass a total of 5,633 square feet. 

The plans don’t reveal much else about the space, but we do know that it will be run by Matt Fern, formerly a beverage director for James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen’s AC Restaurants. 

Fern told The N&O in January that, “We want it to be something really informal and playful, allowing us a lot of creative freedoms, but to be able to riff on the classic deli dishes and be able to throw the South into the mix as well.”



Seaboard Wine Tasting 11/2

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. They also announced their 23rd Annual Champagne Tasting, which will be held on December 4th and 5th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm or 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. They will be sampling Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. Admission is $39 per person. Visit their Eventbrite to reserve your date and time.

Friday, November 8th – there are 4 bar seats left for the Cru Beaujolais class. Call the store at 919-831-0850 for reservations.



Rosewater Opens

Rosewater is now open in North Hills. In 2018, it was announced that local restaurateur Giorgios Bakatsias would be opening Rosewater, his 12th restaurant. The Mediterranean restaurant will be “rooted in seasonality and responsibly sourced ingredients that bring to life the charm and intimacy of the village lifestyle.”

The restaurant is located in the former home of Bruegger’s at North Hills. There was speculation that the property would be turned into a surf shop, but that fell through.

Flying Mayan Coming To Fayetteville Street

The Flying Mayan plans to open in December on Fayetteville Street. Billing itself as a place where “the Southwest meets the Southeast,” the Flying Mayan specializes in “fresh, made from scratch sauces, salsas, and menu items that have their roots in both regions.”

The Flying Mayan is being developed by the same team behind the Flying Burrito, located on Grove Barton Road. We could write about the recent restaurant closings on Fayetteville Street, or we could watch this incredible promotional video for the Flying Mayan: 

According to the video, this place is full of “food, fun, and friendship” for everyone. We look forward to trying it out.


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Work On BREW In Gateway Plaza

Work has begun on bringing one of our favorite local coffee shops to Gateway Plaza. Permits were issued earlier this month for BREW Gateway, which will be about 5 times the size of the shop’s Seaboard location and feature a full liquor bar in the evenings. 

According to social media posts, the space is designed to transition smoothly from daytime to evening crowds: a coffee shop during the day, and a bar at night. The shop may also feature a wide range of events, including yoga, movie nights, and coffee and liquor classes.

The 6.8 acre property that houses Gateway is owned by Loden Properties and managed and leased by York Properties. Work on the 5,525 square foot space is being handled by the Northgate Group.


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Hilton Hotel Planned Near PNC Arena

A Hilton hotel is being planned for a property near the PNC Arena. Site review plans were filed earlier this month for the Hilton Garden Inn Wade Park. Plans describe a 7-story, 165 room hotel that will be built on a mostly vacant 2.6-acre parcel of land at 5410 Wade Park Boulevard.

The hotel is being developed by a subsidiary of the Malcolm Bryant Corporation out of Kentucky, and will reportedly feature a rooftop restaurant and bar alongside the typical hotel amenities such as conference spaces, ballrooms and more. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2021.

NC Museum Of History Spooktacular Soiree

Reminder: The Spooktacular Soiree will be held at the NC Museum of History on Thursday, Oct. 31st from 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm.

The event will feature a costume contest in the following categories: most historically accurate, funniest, and scariest. Attendees will enjoy live music, food, beer, and a speciality cocktail. More info available here.

Tickets are $35 for members of the museum ($45 for non-members). Use code ITBINSIDER for $5 off tickets. Money raised from this event directly supports the NC Museum of History.

Steakhouse Chain Coming Soon Near Crabtree

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille will soon open its first North Carolina location in Raleigh near Crabtree Valley Mall. The restaurant will be housed on the ground floor of the newly built Crabtree Terrace development at 4509 Creedmoor Road (RIP Soleil Center). The interior fit-out of the 13,132 square foot space is being handled by In Motion Builders out of Florida.

Perry’s, which currently operates more than a dozen locations, got its start as a Houston butcher shop that was eventually turned into a restaurant in 1993. While their slogan “Rare and well-done” is pretty clever, it’s hard to say how much the restaurant differs from other high-end steakhouse chains. You can read their own self-aggrandizing description that sounds like it was written by Billy McFarland and decide for yourself:

“Perry’s excels at the unexpected. Our standout style impresses from start to finish with Flaming Desserts and exquisite celebratory touches. Extraordinary service professionals uphold our tradition of excellence, creating a rare experience.

Here, steakhouse mainstays are enhanced to the finest detail. Perry’s prime USDA-aged steaks are of unparalleled quality, with exceptional marbling for the best texture. And on our menu, you’ll find your favorite additions – from double cut slab bacon to lobster tail halves – for quintessential steakhouse dining that’s well done every time.”

Other News

Art Walk Nov. 7th

On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:00 p.m. the Christ Church Episcopal Church Women will host their biennial Art Sale. The silent auction event will take place in the Christ Church Commons at 120 E. Edenton Street.

There will also be a raffle for the painting, “Raleigh Skyline,” by artist Shade Maret. Tickets are $20 if purchased by Nov. 4, or $25 at the door. Raffle tickets are $25 each, or five tickets for $100. Get tickets here.

Raleigh Little Theatre Halloween Event
Check out You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Raleigh Little Theatre this Thursday.

Johnson Street Yacht Club Opened

The NC Courage Won The NWSL Championship, Again
Congratulations to the NC Courage on winning their second straight NWSL championship! They destroyed the Chicago Red Stars 4-0 on Sunday in front of the largest crowd in NC Courage and NCFC history.

This was also the final game for the Courage’s Heather O’Reilly, one of the best players the sport has ever seen (3 Olympic gold medals, a World Cup victory, 2 national championships at UNC).

ITB Living State Fair Edition
The latest issue of ITB Living is out.

Blount Street Preservation Celebration Nov. 7

Preservation North Carolina will host a tour of the Blount Street historic district which will feature six newly restored houses. Enjoy a reception at the Norris House (1879) – a 2018 PNC Carraway Award Winner – featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, and local craft beer.

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here. Attendees will also tour five more houses that have been carefully renovated for a variety of new uses:

Lewis-Smith House (1855) – renovated as offices for Hobby Properties

Higgs-Coble-Helms House (1878) – renovated by Blount and Dargan Williams as a health and wellness clinic

Russ-Edwards House (1901) – renovated for Gallery C

Francis-Shepherd House (1903) – renovated by the Francis Law Firm

Lamar-Brown-Arthur House (1896) – renovated by Matthew Brown as a private residence


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