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Poole’side Pies now open

Wine tasting at Seaboard Wine Thursday 9/19

Oak Heart Vet hosting Barktoberfest

Mura closing at North Hills

Raleigh Crossing groundbreaking

Christmas in September

Tryon redevelopment

Other News

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Poole’side Pies Now Open

Poole’side Pies, the latest offering from James Beard award-winning renowned Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen, is officially open. Based on Christensen’s track record, Raleigh’s love of pizza, and the freshly painted most Instagrammable mural in the city on the side of the building, we’re confident this will be a success.  

To say people were excited for this would be a slight understatement.

The restaurant opened on Friday the 13th at 428 S. McDowell Street, next door to Poole’s Diner. According to Christensen’s post, the opening hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. They plan to offer take out soon.

Designed by Louis Cherry Architecture, the new restaurant currently offers seven different Neapolitan-style pizzas cooked in a brick oven.

Poole’side Pies was first announced in 2017; site plans were filed in 2018 and permits to renovate the 3,950 square foot space for a cost just under $400,000 were issued in January 2019. 

Tasting at Seaboard Wine 9/14

Daniel Brennan, of Decibel Wines, will host a free tasting at Seaboard Wine this Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In 2009, Daniel began producing the unique expressions of Hawkes Bay Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. The following year, he expanded his repertoire, making award-winning Martinborough Pinot Noir and a unique Hawkes Bay White Blend.

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!


Attend Barktoberfest at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders

Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital invites Raleigh pet parents to celebrate the opening of its third location by attending their Barktoberfest party on Saturday, October 5. The Oktoberfest-themed event is open to the public from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 1600 South Saunders Street. 

The festivities will include guided tours of the hospital, daycare and boarding, grooming and retail spaces; complimentary drinks from Trophy Brewing, Whiskey Kitchen, and Seaboard Wine; hors d’oeuvres provided by Locals Oyster Bar; live music; and specialty dog treats from Woof Gang Bakery. 

Additionally, all pet owners in attendance will receive one free veterinary exam that can be redeemed on a later date at Oak Heart Veterinary Hospital at South Saunders.

The 10,000 square-foot location, designed by Cline Design Associates, will offer high-quality services and amenities such as a veterinary hospital, a retail shop, and a resort with a dog daycare facility and kennels for boarding cats and dogs.

For more information about the event and to RSVP, visit: You can also RSVP on Facebook at:

Mura Closing At North Hills

It was reported last week that Mura in North Hills will be closing on September 22.

Mura, which is owned by the local hospitality group Eschelon Experiences, first opened in North Hills in 2005. Eschelon acquired the restaurant the following year.

Eschelon told the Triangle Business Journal last week that Mura may reopen somewhere else in the City. Eschelon currently operates a number of area restaurants, including The Haymaker, the Cameron Bar & Grill, and the Edwards Mill Bar & Grill.


Raleigh Crossing Groundbreaking

A 20-story mixed-use development on Hillsborough Street has officially broken ground. Located at 301 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh Crossing is being developed by the Fallon Company. 

According to an exclusive press release, the project will feature “commercial, residential, retail and hospitality uses, and enhance the downtown landscape with its striking design.” 

The project will include 280,000 square feet of “trophy” office space, 18,000 square feet of street-level retail, a 165-room hotel, a 135-unit apartment community, and an “expansive, flexible outdoor amenity terrace.”

Occupying much of that office space will be Pendo, a technology company focusing on cloud and digital products. Earlier this year it was announced that Pendo would relocate its corporate headquarters to the commercial tower, where it will occupy five floors and 125,000 square feet.

Raleigh Crossing, designed by Duda Paine Architects out of Durham, will be built in two phases and feature a “striking glass facade.” In the exclusive press release, Michael Fallon, President of The Fallon Company, stated that the groundbreaking symbolized “an exciting new chapter in the continued evolution of downtown Raleigh.”

Christmas In September

The City of Raleigh is seeking a vendor to provide “full-service holiday decorations for the 2019 holiday season.” “Full-service,” as defined by the Request for Proposals, includes the purchase, installation, maintenance, removal and storage of the decorations.

In addition to the Christmas holiday, the work will include New Year’s activities occurring in January 2020. The RFP also includes a detailed “decoration inventory” that offers up a preview of the kind of decorations that will soon be dotting the downtown streets. 

These include two “four-ball” ornament stacks, two “ten-ball” ornament stacks that will include 36” ornaments with overall dimensions ranging from 80”H x 65”W to 124”H x 108”W, 60 “Silhouette Presidential Snowflake pole mounts,” and more. 

Per the RFP, the City’s Convention Center will commission and fund the project up to $60,000, money that, personally, we’d rather see spent decking out the City for Halloween. 

Proposals are due by September 23, and the decorations are to be in place no later than November 2, 2019.

Tryon Redevelopment

City Council today is set to approve the sale of a 10,019 square-foot property on Tryon Road that could pave the way for some new medium-density housing in Southwest Raleigh. 

Located at 3109 Tryon Road, the land was acquired back in 2006 by the City for $20,000 as part of a settlement for the Tryon Road widening project. A developer recently offered to buy the land for $10,000, a price based on a recent City of Raleigh appraisal. 

The land is currently zoned R-4, which allows for up to four single-family dwellings per acre. While we have no confirmation that the property will actually be developed for residential use, a staff memo notes that “the use of the site will be regulated by the current R-4 zoning classification.”

According to the staff memo, the “applicable City departments have reviewed the property and have no objection to the disposition,” and Council is likely to approve the sale.

Other News

Robbie Rikard shared renderings of what’s being proposed on the SE corner of Capital and Peace.

Progress on The Wade

We can confirm that the new expansion at Trophy Brewing will have windows.

We are considering commissioning a traffic study to determine the levels of road rage on Six Forks near North Hills. This is why you should always take Lassiter Mill.

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