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Development Beat: Plans Filed For Seaboard Station

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Plans filed for Seaboard Station

Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Progress on The Wade

Scott Crawford’s Jolie should open this summer

Iris Coffee coming to Tucker Street

Flash House returning?

Mezeh Grill moving to Hillsborough Street

Rush Bowls opening soon

The Longview condo announced

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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Plans Filed For Seaboard Station

When Seaboard Station was sold last year to D.C. developer PN Hoffman, the new owners announced a massive, $250 million expansion of the property.

Plans at the time called for 800,000 square feet of mixed-use space, made up of 650 apartments, 150 hotel rooms, and 90,000 square feet of new retail space and a total of 135,000 square feet at full build-out. The long-awaited Seaboard Station Harris Teeter never materialized, and the Cameron Village Harris Teeter reigned supreme.

PN Hoffman is taking the first steps towards making this massive mixed-use a reality. Site review plans were filed last week that most likely cover only the first phase of a multi-phase project. The plans call for a 7-story, 300,000+ SF building that will include 96 residential units and 150 hotel rooms. The plans also mention retail use, but no additional details are provided.

We’ll keep an eye out for any future site plans.


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Seaboard Wine Summer Series

Seaboard Wine, which brilliantly decided to move from Seaboard Station to a new location in High Park Village last year, is ready to take you on some virtual wine tours of Europe’s hidden gems. Their summer series focuses on “off the beaten path” wine regions and unique grape varietals. These are seated, guided tastings with eight wines, light snacks, interesting discussions of the wines, and lots of fun.

Thursday, June 20th from 7:15-8:30pm: “Czech This Out” with Jenn King

Sample some truly unique grape varietals from Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and hear Jenn recap her travel exploits with Arielle, Jim, and Jared all while managing to stay out of jail and not breaking the internet.

Thursday July 25th from 7:15-8:30: “Obscure Loire” with Susan Slosman

Susan’s love of the Loire Valley and extensive wine knowledge will help you discover some of the more obscure Loire wine regions like Coteaux du Giennois, Savennières, Quincy, Coteaux du Layon and Reuilly. These are expressive and refreshing wines for the hot weather ahead.

Thursday, August 22nd from 7:15-8:30pm: “Sunny Sicily” with Doug Diesing

Aside from eating his body weight in octopus and raw shellfish while in Sicily, Doug also sampled some of the finest Italian wines in his career. “Varietals like Nerello Mascalese, Catarratto, Grillo, Frappato and Zibibbo have forever changed my wine preferences, and I believe they may change yours as well.” said Diesing.

You can sign up for individual classes or a package of all three. Classes are $39 each or a package of all three for $99. They start promptly at 7:15 and end at 8:30. Get your tickets here.



Progress On The Wade

Things are moving along at The Wade, the most anticipated condominium project in the history of Raleigh. The five-story building will consist of 29 residences that come in two-and three-bedroom floor plans.

ITB Insider can exclusively confirm that each residence in The Wade will contain a kitchen.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments at The Wade, including a video of ITBlake the intern testing out their dog washing station. Stay tuned.

Jolie To Open This Summer With Rooftop Seating

The News & Observer reported that Scott Crawford’s Jolie should open this summer. Jolie recently shared an update on their progress on Instagram.

Both The N&O and IndyWeek covered the hurdles that Scott Crawford had to overcome to simply get approval for rooftop dining at Jolie. Crawford was told by Raleigh’s planning department that the rooftop would need special approval from the Board of Adjustment.

Back in April, the IndyWeek reported that City Council member Stef Mendell expressed concerns over the noise levels of the restaurant. While Mendell lives in District E, she owns and rents out a condo about a block away from Jolie and decided to attend the BOA meeting to weigh in on the rooftop. She was the only person at the meeting to raise a concern about the noise. So that’s a cool way to spend your time.

According to the N&O, Crawford has hired Raleigh native Madison Tessener as chef de cuisine. We’re looking forward to checking this place out in the next few months.


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Iris Coffee Coming To Tucker St.

EatRaleigh shared a photo of what looks to be a new coffee shop coming to 725 Tucker Street in Glenwood South.

The Instagram for Iris Coffee Lab says it will be opening this summer. While EatRaleigh’s photo and the Instagram posts from Iris make it look like work is well underway on the new space, we weren’t able to find any relevant permits.

The space at 725 Tucker was previously home to Voda Boutique, which recently relocated to North Hills.


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Flash Back On Peace Street?

After more than five years in business, the Flash House bar on West Peace Street announced in January 2019 that it would be closing up shop and that the owners would be moving on. But have they?

A pair of permits from last week may point to the return of Flash House to its former home at 513 West Peace.

The permits’ descriptions read “alteration/The Flash House” and “addition/The Flash House exterior canopy addition,” and while it’s possible the name is being used as a placeholder for a different project entirely, we aren’t giving up hope yet.

We reached out to the one-time proprietor of Flash House, Jamie Saad, to get the inside scoop, but we haven’t yet heard back.

For those unfamiliar with the place, it self-described as a “proper bar, for proper villains, focused on the important things: Great Beer & Wine, Classic Liquor, Comfort, Atmosphere, and Exceptional Service.”



Mezeh Grill Coming To Hillsborough Street

Back in April, it was reported that the Mediterranean chain Mezeh Grill would be opening two locations in Raleigh; one in North Raleigh and another on Hillsborough Street.

It’s looking like the Hillsborough Street location could be opening sooner rather than later, as permits for the $168,552 renovation of the former home of Freshii – next to Chipotle – were issued last week to JCI Builders.

According to its website, “Mezeh Mediterranean Grill is a NoVA-founded gastronomic brand of fast-casual restaurants serving fresh, bold and natural flavors from the sun-drenched Mediterranean region. At the heart of Mezeh’s philosophy is a healthy respect for ingredients coupled with a desire to make fresh and natural food accessible to people from all walks of life.”

It goes on like that, but we’ll spare you.



Rush Bowls Grand Opening

Rush Bowls will hold its grand opening celebration on June 10th at their new home on Hillsborough Street.

Rush Bowls is ready to open after Milewski Construction completed work on the 738 square-foot space on the ground floor of 2811 Hillsborough.

Featuring smoothies and acai bowls, Rush Bowls is probably going to be a big hit with the nearby NC State crowd.

The Longview Condo Announced

The Longview condominium project was announced this week. Located adjacent to WakeMed on 2.5 acres that were once part of the historic Longview estate, The Longview will have 176 homes with prices starting at $185,000.

Real estate developer Michael Sandman is partnering with Andrew Sandman, Steve Simpson, and Randy N. Robertson to develop The Longview. The partners have developed other projects, including The Paramount (Glenwood South), The Cypress (North Raleigh), Providence Glen (Chapel Hill) and Chandler Place (North Hills).   

The Longview will offer suites ranging from 550 square feet (one bedroom, one bathroom) to 1,150 square feet (two bedrooms, two bathrooms). Amenities include controlled building access, gated parking garage, indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces, a swimming pool, co-working and social spaces, a fully equipped fitness facility, indoor bike racks, and more.  

The first phase of development, which includes 72 units, will start this summer and be ready to welcome residents in early 2021.   

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