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Week of September 3, 2018
Transfer Co. announces food hall vendors
Cameron Village Post Office closing
AILLEA opens in Cameron Village
Heirloom Brewshop opening soon
Westin Hotel coming to Crabtree
Warby Parker, STIR coming to North Hills
Fitness coming to North West Street
Storage facility planned for Capital Blvd near Wade
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Transfer Co. Announces Lineup
Transfer Co. has revealed the list of restaurateurs and vendors that will occupy space in the 50,000+ square foot establishment located at 500 E. Davie Street. We obtained this information, and the following quote from Joe Kwon, cellist for the Avett Brothers, through an exclusive e-mail blast. It’s basically the same thing as interviewing him.
“Transfer Co. is an unprecedented opportunity to create connections between artisans and people in our community,” said Joe Kwon, culinary influencer, Transfer Co. creative consultant and cellist for the Avett Brothers. “We are turning this space over to the makers in our community so they can demonstrate what it takes to produce, say, a bar of chocolate or a fish fillet. In doing so, Transfer will showcase the incredible talent in our community through the lens of North Carolina culture. I’m very excited to see this historical warehouse repurposed as a place to gather and create connections between our gifted chefs, artisans and the people they aim to serve.”
Kwon’s passion for this project was very evident during the time we spent reading the e-mail that contained that quote. Here’s a quick rundown of the vendors and our brief descriptions of what they’ll offer:
Videri Chocolate Factory: Chocolate.
Locals Seafood: Oyster bar and seafood market focusing on North Carolina seafood.
Burial Beer Co.: Beer.
Che Empanadas: Argentine-style baked empanadas.
Chhote’s: Mumbai street-food.
Captain Cookie and The Milkman: Cookies, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches.
Dank Burrito: Tacos, burritos, bowls.
Falafel & Co.: Palestine cuisine such as fresh pita, crispy falafel, dips, and salads.
Sushinara: Asian street food.
Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: An urban farm. (We’ll be covering this in the next few weeks because it’s a great story.)
Transfer Co. describes itself as “a community gathering and events space, market, restaurants, and a creative production hub designed to maximize opportunities for innovation through the transfer of knowledge across tenants and customers.” Transfer Co. is scheduled to open in early 2019. The list of vendors with much more details can be found at the end of this post.
Cameron Village Post Office Closing
The Cameron Village Post Office will close at the end of the year. Despite inaccurate reports from other outlets, the building has not been sold. The owners of the building brought in a partner about two years ago, but still own a majority of the property. They will still own the building after making some upgrades for the new single tenant (stay tuned) that’s moving in.
On one hand, 99% of the employees of this post office were extremely polite and courteous. On the other, this was the most difficult place in the world to obtain a passport.
This post office had already cut back their hours. Ever try going at lunch? It’s closed. Need to swing by after work at 5:00 pm? Closed. Nevertheless, a few people on Nextdoor are trying to save it.
We do not anticipate that their efforts will be successful. However, the post office already has representatives looking for a new space in the 27605 zip code. If you need a post office box, the UPS Store next to Moe’s may have some available.
AILLEA Opens In Cameron Village
AILLEA celebrated its grand opening on August 25 in Cameron Village. The beauty supply chain specializes in “luxury clean beauty brands,” whose best quality, in our opinion, is that none of them are tested on animals. According to this Cameron Village article, Kathryn Murray Dickinson, a former executive in the beauty industry, founded AILLEA after she discovered a lack of transparency when it came to organic, clean products. The Raleigh location will be the area’s premier clean beauty destination.
Heirloom Brewshop Opening Soon
Heirloom Brewshop received their ABC inspection permits last week. The owners told us they should be open in the next 2-3 weeks. Located in The Dillon, this unique store offers premium coffee, tea, saké, and an Asian-inspired menu.
A Sequel for Soleil?
Ten years after it was set to be the anchor for the doomed Soleil Center, a new Westin hotel will finally make its way to the Crabtree Valley Mall area.
The luxury brand, owned by Marriott, is slated to open in June of 2019 at 4501 Creedmoor Road, according to a listing on the Marriott website. Although permits were applied for in September 2017, they do not appear to have been issued yet.
Valued at more than $60 million, the permits describe work for a pool, a parking deck, the hotel itself, and restaurants on the 4th and 18th floor. We would, however, take those permits with a grain of salt, as they state the Westin will be a 42-story structure with only 54 rooms. Something about that just sounds off.
The Triangle Business Journal reported that the hotel will also include a conference center, a rooftop bar and a full-service restaurant.
STIR Coming to North Hills
STIR, a new oyster restaurant, is coming to the ground floor of the Bank of America Tower in North Hills. We have obtained an exclusive press release confirming that the restaurtant offers “premium oysters, craft cocktails with artisanal ice, and a made-from-scratch menu.” That’s right, artisanal ice.
The release actually includes a full paragraph about artisanal ice:
“Using purified, artisanal ice that has been hand-cut to complement each one of their imaginative craft cocktails, STIR is bringing an intense focus on artisan ice and craft cocktails to Raleigh’s cocktail and dining scene. STIR uses the freshest ingredients available, refreshing food and beverage menus regularly to highlight seasonal delicacies and keep the creative juices flowing.”
It’s about time someone in Raleigh stepped up to the plate and delivered the artisanal ice we’ve all been demanding. STIR is set to open in 2019. In the meantime, we’ll just have to get by with our cloudy, generic, plebeian ice.
Warby Parker Coming to North Hills
Warby Parker, an upscale chain that sells sunglasses and prescription eyewear, will soon be opening at 4154 Main at North Hills. Jeffry Aden, husband of Broughton graduate Caroline Williams, obtained the above photographic evidence indicating that the store will be located next to Chick-fil-A.
Pilates Studio Coming to North West Street
North West Street will soon be home to Raleigh’s first FlowCORPS High-Intensity Pilates studio, a fact brought to our attention through Ashton Smith’s #1 rated weekly newsletter, Raleigh, over-easy. The company’s website states the studio will be opening in fall of this year.
Permits for the fit-out of their new space at 911 N. West Street were issued in early July to Riley-Lewis Construction. This will be the latest tenant for the recently revived “Rainbow Building” whose overhaul was overseen by our friends over at August Construction Solutions.
Yet another site review plan was filed last week for a self-storage facility on Capital Boulevard. Bee Safe Storage, based out of Greensboro, will build out two, five-story buildings totaling 145,486 square feet, because you never can have enough storage.
Located at 1108 and 1261 Capital Boulevard, the site is currently home to the used car dealership Skyline Motors. Bee Safe has an existing Raleigh location off Falls of Neuse Road.
Burlington Coat Factory
We first reported on North Raleigh’s new Burlington Coat Factory last September, and now, a year later, the store is set to hold its grand opening. Burlington will serve as the anchor retailer at the Plantation Point shopping center on Capital Boulevard, inhabiting the space that was once occupied by Marshalls.
Transfer Co. Vendors
- Videri Chocolate Factory: Videri’s second location, featuring a chocolate production factory, retail counter, event space and pastry training center for chefs. Among many accolades, Videri holds three consecutive Good Food Awards and acclaim as Travel Magazine’s Best 10 Things to Do in Downtown Raleigh and GQ Magazine’s 50 Best Things to Eat Right Now.
- Locals Seafood: Oyster bar, restaurant and seafood market focusing on North Carolina seafood and seasonal interpretations of traditional dishes. The restaurant and market will sell fresh fish, fresh and steamed shellfish, smoked seafood and ready-to-cook entrees. Locals Seafood already enjoys a strong North Carolina presence in cornerstone establishments such as Whole Foods.
- Burial Beer Co.: An art-focused space from Asheville’s Burial Beer that will host can and bottle releases as well as offer a draft selection of hallmark brands and experiential, small-batch beers for purchase. Burial Beer Co. crafts a range of innovative, hop-forward ales, big dark ales and quaffable lagers, all with a dedication to modernization and revitalization. Its wild program boasts a full array of Belgian-inspired and Carolina terroir-driven sour ales. The brewery touts accolades such as Craft Beer & Brewing’s Top 25 Best Small Brewers in the World, Draft Magazine’s Top Beers of the Year and Paste Magazine’s Best Saison.
- Benchwarmers Bagels: An exciting new collaboration from the masterminds behind Jubala Coffee and Boulted Bread, a bakery that earned acclaim as one of Food & Wine’s Top Croissants in America and Bon Appetit’s 2016 Best New Bakeries.
- Che Empanadas: Chef Anabel Rossbach brings Argentine-style baked empanadas, handcrafted from historic recipes that feature local and organic ingredients.
- Chhote’s: A taste of the Mumbai street-food scene with a variety of authentic bite-sized offerings in an atmosphere designed to cultivate conversation. Designed by Anson Fernandes, a Mumbai native and founder of Biryani Maxx in Cary, North Carolina. Biryani Maxx was named one of three brightest yet hidden culinary gems by News & Observer’s Greg Cox in 2017.
- Captain Cookie and The Milkman: “North Carolina’s sweetest superheroes” serving small-batch cookies, local dairy, hand-dipped shakes and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches, which Eater listed as one of its top ice cream sandwiches.
- Dank Burrito: Clarke Merrill, executive chef and owner of Circa 81 Tapas & Cocktaileria, Dank Burrito and Beaufort Olive Oil Company, brings his chef-inspired tacos, burritos and bowls, featuring fresh ingredients and house-made salsas, slaws and kimchi.
- Falafel & Co.: The Bahhur family, long-time Triangle restaurateurs, launch a crave-worthy menu of Palestine cuisine with generous servings of authentic dishes, such as fresh pita, crispy falafel, savory dishes and signature dips and salads.
- Sushinara: Chef Jae Lee offers Izakaya-style Asian street food featuring a special combination of flavors representing different countries in Asia. Chef Lee has worked at highly acclaimed kitchens around the country, such as Veritas and Danube in New York City and the Washington Duke Inn and Fin’s in North Carolina. He has spearheaded several Asian concepts in the Triangle.
- Sweet Peas Urban Gardens: A certified naturally grown urban farm cultivated in large shipping containers. Sweet Peas grows and provides nutrient-dense microgreens to local chefs, farmers’ markets, CSAs and produce delivery services in the Triangle.
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