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Development Beat: Restaurant Coming To Askew-Taylor Building

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New restaurant planned for Askew-Taylor building

Lady Luck opens on Glenwood

Seaboard Wine Tasting this Saturday

Progress on Willard hotel on Glenwood

Walter tower construction underway at North Hills

Healing Transitions expanding at Dix Park

Parking lot coming to former home of Goodwill

Papa Murphy’s Pi Day this Saturday (3/14)

Bloc83 Tower 2 signs a tenant

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Askew House Restaurant Coming To Glenwood

Back in 2017, we reported that a restaurant was planned for the Askew-Taylor building on Glenwood. We can now confirm via Ashton Smith’s newsletter, via the Triangle Food Guy, via One Raleigh, that the new restaurant will be called Askew House.

According to One Raleigh, Askew House is a vegetarian restaurant that will feature Fiction Kitchen Chef Caroline Morrison and Bittersweet’s Kim Hammer. They’re planning to open this summer and will have two floors of dining, as well as space available to rent for events.

Their website goes into more detail on the roles that Morrison and Hammer will play. “Askew House will allow Chef Caroline to further explore the realm of vegetarian and vegan fine dining, while she continues to cultivate Fiction Kitchen’s plant-based menu. She has most recently drawn the attention of the James Beard Foundation, having been named a 2019 fellow in its Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program. She was also a featured chef at the James Beard House in New York City for New Voices: A Southern Supper progressive dinner on March 10, 2020.”

“Kim Hammer will be acting as Askew House’s dessert consultant and creative director. Hammer will continue to operate Bittersweet while also working as Creative Director of One Raleigh, the downtown hospitality group responsible for Johnson Street Yacht Club and now, Askew House.”

After nearly 70 years in business, Askew-Taylor Paints & Arts closed its doors for good in 2016. Since then, the property at 110 Glenwood has sat vacant and unused.

Lady Luck Opens On Glenwood

Lady Luck is now open at 222 Glenwood. The description on their profile indicates that this establishment provides “A unique social and dining experience. Locally sourced worldly inspiration.” They’ll offer small plates and cocktails.

Raleigh Magazine covered the story. According to the article, the team behind Lady Luck includes partners Kevin Ruiz (chef), Balu Torres, and Megan Corbally (beverage director -formerly of The Cortez), as well as general manager Cat Edman and creative director Hillman Ball (owner of Mainland Creative).

Torres is quoted in the article, “A core driver for the project was to showcase local talent rather than outsourcing to “celebrity” chefs. In reality we have talent here, we just need to support them and show them off. We’re going to show that locals, we can do that. And that young people in their late 20s can do that.”

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Seaboard Wine Tastings

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting a free wine tasting Saturday, March 14 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Matt Matthews from Proof Distributing will be taking his first turn behind the Seaboard bar, pouring an eclectic selection of springtime wines from Austria, France and Spain.

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.

Their next Winter Wine Class will be held on March 27th. The class is $39 and you can make a reservation here.

The Willard Hotel Moves Forward

Permits have been issued for The Willard, a 7-story 142-room hotel on Glenwood South. Last year, we reported on the demolition that paved the way for the $15 million AC Hotel by Marriot.

The hotel was designed by Overcash Demmitt out of Charlotte and JDavis Architects out of Raleigh. Renderings released as part of a site review plan indicate the hotel’s exterior will be similar to the other trendy, upscale Marriott AC Hotels.


Walter Tower Construction Underway At North Hills

We have learned through an exclusive press release from Kane Realty Corporation that construction is underway on the Walter at North Hills. Walter will be a 35-story mixed-use residential project consisting of 376 apartments, ranging from ~600 SF studios to +2,000 SF penthouses. The project will include ~6,500 SF of retail and an integrated parking deck.

Amenities will include a rooftop indoor/outdoor lounge on the 35th story, a 6th level resort style pool deck with an outdoor TV lounge and kitchen, a +3,500 SF wellness center consisting of a full service gym with locker, spa, and treatment rooms.

There will also be 21 penthouse residences located on the 32nd to 34th floors. Walter officially broke ground on January 20th and expects the first residents to move in Q1 2022.

Healing Transitions Plans Expansion

Recently filed plans indicate that the Healing Transitions facility is expanding its location at Dix Park. Plans call for an 18,410 square-foot expansion of the existing 41,058 SF facility, and the addition of a new 6,204 SF storage building to the 10-acre site. It should be noted that the site plans refer to this as “Phase 1” – which means it’s possible the facility will continue to grow in the coming years.

The Healing Place opened its treatment facility on the Dix Campus in 2001. Although it changed its name in 2016 to Healing Transitions, the facility has been providing free substance abuse treatment for nearly 20 years.

When the City of Raleigh acquired Dix Park in 2015 from the State of North Carolina, it took over the lease agreement with Healing Transitions and allowed the facility to remain on the site.

Parking Lot Coming To Warehouse District

A parking lot is coming to the Warehouse District. The former home of the Goodwill Community Foundation is currently being transformed into a paid surface parking lot.

Grading and land disturbance permits for the site at 321 W. Hargett have been issued. Last November, a non-residential demolition permit was applied for in order to remove the 80-year-old building.

A site review document filed with the City describes the overall project as a .4 acre parking lot. Although there’s no indication of what will be built on the site in the longer term, we can’t imagine that Highwoods, which purchased the land in July of 2019, will allow it to remain underdeveloped for too long. 

Pi Day At Papa Murphy’s

We can confirm that THIS Saturday Papa Murphy’s is offering the Pi Day deal of a lifetime. Get a large thin crust two topping pizza for only $3.14. Stop by any of their nine Raleigh locations this Saturday for this in-store only offer.

Bloc83 Signs A Tower 2 Tenant

The TBJ recently shared the news that Envestnet, a financial services company, will be moving into Tower 2 of the Bloc83 development. They’ll take up three floors and 82,000 square feet. 

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