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Week of May 7, 2018
Pizza restaurant coming to Dock 1053
Sterling Glenwood (formerly the Beckanna) apartments set for expansion
Progress on McNeill Pointe shopping center
Neon art coming to Dix Park
Wahlburgers finally opened downtown
Construction commences for 22-story FNB Tower
Raleigh’s newest Dog Park opens
Soft opening for Seoul 116
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Lynnwood Bringing Pizza Place to Dock 1053
Lynnwood Brewing Concern, which operates a grill and taproom in North Raleigh and a brewery and bar at Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, will soon add a new restaurant to Dock 1053.
Wilson’s, named after Lynnwood’s owner’s dog, will focus on “flatbread pizzas and crafted sandwiches” and will feature “several house-made sodas & mixers” in their craft cocktails. Check out the full article from Broughton alumnus Hart Roberts. Wilson’s is set to open in late August.
More Apartments Planned on Glenwood Near 440
Grubb Properties is planning to expand the Sterling Glenwood apartment complex, formerly known as the Beckanna, from 254 units to 493 units. The property, which Grubb purchased in 2013, is located directly across the street from the recently opened 296-unit Sojourn Glenwood luxury apartment complex owned by Grubb Ventures. Grubb Ventures is owned by Gordon Grubb and based in Raleigh, while Grubb Properties is owned by Gordon’s brother Clay Grubb and based in Charlotte. We can reasonably deduct that this apartment expansion is the product of an intense sibling rivalry.
Site plans were filed by Grubb Properties indicating plans to renovate the two existing apartment towers at Sterling, which were originally built in 1964. They also plan to add two new apartment towers and a parking deck to the site.
The new buildings will stand 128 feet tall and appear to be about 10 stories tall. No word on when construction might begin.
Progress On McNeill Pointe
Once home to the Ham ‘N’ Egger diner, which later became the Oak City Diner before being torn down in 2008, McNeill Pointe is now under construction just across the street from Mami Nora’s restaurant. When complete, McNeill Pointe will comprise a total of four buildings and over 30,000 square feet of space for office, retail, and restaurant uses.
Work has begun on the first round of tenants, House of Hops and The Simple Greek. This is the second location for Raleigh’s House of Hops craft beer retail store, which has been serving a variety of beers since July 2014. The Simple Greek is the brainchild of Marcus Lemonis, host of the CNBC reality show “The Profit” and promises “real Greek food made with fresh, healthy ingredients using authentic family recipes.”
The $7 million project is getting built out by the Raleigh-based Centre Construction Group, although Triangle Enterprises out of Cary is listed as the contractor for the House of Hops build out.
Neon Art Coming to Dix Park
Dix Park will soon play host to “Light the Woods with Sound,” an interactive public art installation from Raleigh visual and neon artist Nate Sheaffer. The installation will be displayed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings from May 11 to May 27. The event is free but they ask that you register in advance.
May is going to be a month full of art, lights, and sound across the Triangle! Learn more about our interactive neon experiment, "Light the Woods with Sound," at https://t.co/h0IsY73Mbi. @raleigharts @raleighgov @artsplosure @moogfest @animazement @ncartmuseum pic.twitter.com/QY25I3b9Yh
— Dorothea Dix Park (@DixPark) May 2, 2018
More about the installation:
“Sheaffer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound.”
Sheaffer owns and operates Glas, a teaching facility/gallery/art factory/studio, and has over 30 years of glass blowing experience. “Light and music appeal to us on primitive levels, reaching into the core of our minds’ response to the world around us. For me, music, light, and art are inseparable, essential.”
This project is made possible by the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy, the Office of Raleigh Arts, and the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Partners for this public art project include Glas Neon, Optic Artworks, and Emily Alexander.
After what felt like years of anticipation, Raleigh’s first location of the celebrity-chain burger joint Wahlburgers opened on Fayetteville Street last week. The restaurant offers a “upscale fast-casual” burger menu, which we imagine falls somewhere between Five Guys and Chuck’s.
The burgers will all feature “Wahl Sauce” — a blend of ketchup, mayo, pureed caramelized onions, pickles and other spices. The restaurant’s biggest draw has to be the chance to spot Donnie or have Mark rap “Good Vibrations” while bringing out your order.
According to the News & Observer, the most famous brothers have yet to visit the Myrtle Beach, S.C. location, which opened a year and a half ago (can you really blame them?). We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the Wahlbergs.
22-Story FNB Tower Breaks Ground In DTR
The new 22-story FNB Tower on Fayetteville Street broke ground last week. Located next to the building that houses Stacy Miller’s office and Miller Law Group, the tower will have 239 residential units spread throughout 13 stories, six stories of commercial office space, and two floors of amenities/tenant storage space.
Developed by Dominion Realty Partners, the building will serve as the regional headquarters for First National Bank. Choate Construction, which is based out of Atlanta but operates a regional Raleigh office, is overseeing construction on the $116 million project. For more on the project, check out the video.
The Dog Days of Spring
Pet owners, rejoice: your dogged search for a new place to cajole with your canine friends has come to an end. Raleigh’s newest dog park officially opened this past weekend.
Grand opening ceremonies for the new Buffaloe Road Dog Park were held on Sunday, May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1.5-acre park is located next to the Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center at 5908 Buffaloe Rd and features two separate areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller dogs. The fenced-in off-leash area also offers multiple entry gates, dog waste stations, a drinking water pad, and shade for you and your pets. Sounds like a howling good time!
A Soft Seoul 116
Less than two months after work began on their space at 116 N. West Street, City Market Sushi’s sister restaurant Seoul 116 held a soft opening in a space that was once home to the famed Blue Martini.
Our friends over at NC Triangle Dining were on hand for the opening, and shared some of Seoul 116’s succulent dishes on Twitter.
— NC Triangle Dining (@NCTriDining) May 3, 2018