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Week of August 13, 2018
Taco Bell Cantina opens on Hillsborough Street
Townhomes coming soon to West Street
The Fairweather requests design adjustment
Mojito Lounge opens this week
Brovelli opens in City Market
Apartments planned for Hill Street in Northeast Raleigh
Panda Express Coming to Wake Forest Road
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Taco Bell Cantina Has Arrived
The Taco Bell Cantina has officially opened. In January, we broke the news that Taco Bell would open its first Raleigh “Cantina” location on the ground floor of the 2304 Hillsborough apartments. On Monday morning, the restaurant opened its Fire sauce packet arms and welcomed patrons.
ABC Inspection permits – the ones that will allow this Taco Bell to serve draft beers and liquor slushies – were issued last week.
For those unfamiliar with the Cantina brand, they differ from traditional Taco Bells in three main ways: they’re slightly more upscale, there’s no drive-thru, and they serve booze. The Hillsborough Street location offers six draft beers, liquor slushies (Twisted Freezes), and frosé (frozen rosé).
There’s also a nice mural by Clark Hipolito.
While this isn’t exactly the return of Hillsborough Street’s iconic Cantina bar that was once located across the street from East Village, we imagine this location will be quite popular.
*Drunkenly Uber's to Taco Bell to get food, accidentally gets more drunk* https://t.co/TSs1yexMKp
— parkerannpowell ♔ (@parkerapowell) January 24, 2018
The West Street Way
Work is now underway on downtown Raleigh’s latest townhome development. The West Street Townhomes, located near the intersection of West and Lenoir Streets, will be comprised of 12 single-family row homes spread across three separate buildings, all of which will be connected by an adjoining courtyard.
Lambert Development has said that the townhomes will offer three distinct designs ranging in size from 1,400-1,600 square feet. Each residence will include “sleek, modern, high-end contemporary fixtures and finishes and garage parking” as well as “skyline views from rooftop terraces.”
Concept 8, a local firm that has built a number of custom homes throughout Raleigh, will be overseeing the construction.
The Fairweather, a luxury condo development boasting spectacular views and close proximity to Dix Park, has filed an administrative alternative design request dealing with the city’s “transparency” requirements.
Outlined in the Unified Development Ordinance, transparency requirements are specified in order to lend “visual interest to street-facing building facades.” We don’t imagine the developers will have much trouble getting this adjustment approved.
— The Fairweather (@fairweatherRAL) July 30, 2018
The demolition phase of the project began last month with the teardown of the old Motor Parts Warehouse at 522 S. Harrington. The development is expected to stand five stories tall and include 45 residential units, structured parking, and street-level retail.
Mojito Lounge Replaces Stag’s Head
Less than a month after it was announced that Glenwood South’s beloved Stag’s Head bar would be closing, its replacement is set to make its grand debut.
Signage is up at Mojito on Glenwood, which replaced Stag’s Head. pic.twitter.com/UA0OYcjPZ8
— Ashton Smith (@ashtonmae) August 10, 2018
The Mojito Lounge will hold its grand opening for “Raleigh’s New College Night” this weekend. The “sophisticated Latin-Themed Lounge” will feature music by DJ David Dice, DJ Juice, and YODJWoody.
According to its Facebook page, the lounge will include a full bar, live entertainment, bottle service, and VIP Service. Those planning to attend should “dress to impress” as a flier for the celebration notes that the dress code will be “strictly enforced.”
An Oily Opening In City Market
Brovelli is now open in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The shop offers 25 different infused oils, infused vinegars, herb blends, wine, and gift items.
Hill Street Blues
Plans for a new Raleigh apartment complex were filed last week, and for once, it looks like it won’t be built on Hillsborough Street. Site plans for the Hill Street Apartments, a two-building 14-unit complex, were filed by local developer Springfield Ventures.
Located on Hill Street off Skycrest Drive, the two, two-story buildings will stand less than 30′ tall and offer a total of 22 parking spaces.
Panda Express is making its way to Raleigh. Permits were issued last week for the construction of a new 2,200 square-foot building at 4215 Wake Forest Road, near the T.G.I. Friday’s and across the street from Raleigh’s first Lidl grocery store. Venture Construction will oversee the $250,000 build-out of the new restaurant.
The chain offers a variety of classic Americanized Asian dishes such as Orange Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki and String Bean Chicken, and we imagine the Wake Forest location will be open either at the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.