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East Village demolished

Guest House gets a guest house

Progress on the Carter-Finley Bojangles’

Calavera moving into Moonlight Pizza

Voda Boutique moving to North Hills

Burial Beer Co. expanding in Transfer Co.

State seeks facelift for Capitol Building

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East Village Demolished

A Hillsborough Street icon is gone. Demolition on East Village Bar and Grill began last week to make way for a new apartment building.

Just over six months after we reported on plans for the new apartment at the site of East Village – and several other long-time Hillsborough Street tenants – the bar has been reduced to rubble. The bar closed its doors in February, but plans to reopen on the ground floor of the new apartment building.

We broke the news on social media on Thursday. The outpouring of memories and sentiments included the following:

First beer at this place. Was 18.

Getting fake IDs from under the deck

Lost my first and last fake ID at EV. RIP in peace.

21st bday rainbow shots…

Goodnight, sweet prince.

Somebody flushed some keys down the toilet, wondering if they can be salvaged now. Another coors please.

Watching the OJ Simpson police chase

Sometimes remembered going, never remembered leaving.

too many Coors light & blue crushes. RIP

How about a Double R Bar burger with my grandparents back when it was the Roy Rogers

Those pre-Uber days when you would buy a couple of chili cheese dogs from the make shift grill in the parking lot while you waited an hour for a cardinal cab.

Karaoke, longest bathroom hall eva, bar hopping between EV, PBs, the Comet, and Capporal’s, sun ripened kegs of 1 dollar Coors light, Friday afternoons on the deck. Good times.

Sorry to see it go but thankful that EV carried my secrets to its grave!

This is where I had my first jäger bomb. Oh, 2002, I miss you.

We considered chaining ITBlake the intern to the East Village deck to prevent the demolition, but didn’t want to bother Stacy Miller with another high profile case if things went wrong.

Designed by JDavis Architects, the 246,350 square-foot apartment building will house 142 residential units and ground-floor food and retail.

Social 3020 Dixie Trail and Hillsborough Street


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Guest House Gets a Guest House

Guest House Raleigh just got another guest house. The couple behind the 8-guestroom boutique hotel in downtown Raleigh has saved yet another historic home.

Matt and Nicole Tomatosoupasaurusrex had been wandering the streets of Raleigh, looking for a home in need of saving. They stumbled upon The Rogers House, a historic 1,200 square foot house built in the early 1900s, that was slated for demolition. The house had once been owned by L.G. Rogers, an African-American bookkeeper who was active in Raleigh’s political scene in the 1910s.

The historic house’s move was first announced in May of last year. Thanks to Preservation NC, the City of Raleigh, the developers of The Fairweather, and Matt and Nicole, the house was moved to a site near Guest House Raleigh in the same historic district.

A February 10th Instagram post shed more light on the project: “A few months ago we had the opportunity to relocate and preserve another little historic downtown gem that was slated for demo. Since then we’ve had our heads down launching Guest House while managing this second renovation (it’s been one heck of a winter). We can’t wait to share more details, partnerships, collaborations, and sneak peeks of the new space over the coming weeks as it takes shape and we get closer to launch. Stay tuned!” Last week, they posted an update:

We’re glad to see that this old home has found a new forever home.


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A Look at the Carter-Finley Bojangles’

Progress is being made on the highly anticipated Carter-Finley Bojangles’. The developers of Raleigh’s newest Bojangles’ are working through a series of administrative hurdles so they may begin construction just a few hundred yards from Carter-Finley Stadium.

The submitted architectural renderings offer a glimpse as to what the new Bojangles’ at 1541 Sunday Drive will look like.

The restaurant, being developed by Tri-Arc Food Systems, was announced late last year. Tri-Arc owns and operates all ten of Raleigh’s existing Bojangles’ locations, as well as a number of locations in surrounding areas. They also help put on the Tasty Beverage New Belgium Bojangles’ Beer Dinner – the best Bojangles’ dinner in all of Raleigh.

We’re hoping the location will be ready for tailgate season.


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Calavera Moving to Moonlight Pizza

Calavera Empanadas & Tequila Bar will be reopening in the old Moonlight Pizza space on West Morgan Street.

Calavera, previously located at 444 S Blount Street (the new home of Davie Street Pub), has been closed for over a year. No opening date has been set for Calavera’s reopening, but we’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the renovation permits.


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Voda Moves to North Hills

Voda Boutique is coming to North Hills. Kane Realty Corporation announced last week that the locally owned women’s fashion retailer will be opening in the Lassiter District at North Hills.

Located between The Spectacle and Von Kekel Aveda Salon & Spa, the store is projected to open Spring 2019. Kayla Brewer Cheek, owner and founder, opened Voda Boutique in June 2017 in Downtown Raleigh.

We obtained the following comment from an exclusive press release, “Raleigh has always held a special place in my heart and always felt like home. Not only do I love the vibe of the city, but I love what the community stands for – giving back,” said Cheek. Most recently, Voda partnered with House of Landor to host their 2nd annual fashion show benefiting CATCH, a local organization that raises money and awareness for homeless children of Wake County.



Burial Beer Expanding at Transfer Co.

Two months after opening, Burial Beer will be expanding their Raleigh location in Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Since opening “The Exhibit” next to Transfer Co. Food Hall on E Davie Street, Burial has seen massive success and massive lines.

To keep up with demand, they have decided to expand into the space next door to their current location. Their new space will make them neighbors with the new Longleaf Swine and allow access into the rest of the Food Hall.

Most importantly, the expansion will include a patio.


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Capitol Building Poised for Upgrades

Downtown Raleigh’s historic State Capitol Building will soon be subject to a variety of aesthetic and surface-level improvements.

The State of North Carolina is seeking contractors to undertake a project that will include everything from “historic stone cleaning” to “paint restoration (decorative faux painting).”

We imagine the improvements will be quite extensive, considering it was built in 1831. In its application for the National Register of Historic Places, the Capitol Building is described as a “superb example of Greek Revival architecture; an exceptionally fine version of the style in its most erudite and sophisticated form,” and we’re inclined to agree. The building itself remains mostly unchanged from its original design, and we’re glad this project involves work that will serve to restore, rather than replace, what is already there.

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