by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Trophy Expansion Now Open

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Trophy expansion on Morgan Street opens

Midtown Exchange plans unveiled

Seaboard Wine Tasting (11/23)

Oak City Market at Skyhouse closes

High Horse opens in City Market

Mordecai Beverage Company updates

Cameron Village holiday open house Nov. 21

Plans change for Crabtree development

Shop Local Raleigh Christmas Parade Nov. 23rd

Downtown Raleigh tree lighting Nov. 23rd

Other News

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Trophy Expansion On Morgan Street Opens

Trophy Brewing has completed their expansion on Morgan Street and is now open for business. Known for producing the best two beers in America (Trophy Wife and Cloud Surfer), Trophy has operated in their 827 W. Morgan Street location for the last seven years. They have now expanded into the neighboring space, which was previously a laundromat and convenience store, and added more outdoor seating. 

Chris Powers, one of the inventors of Trophy, shared the following message on the popular photography website 

“We opened our brewery on Morgan St in 2013. We started brewing on 3bbl system in a Bailbondsman Office and quickly realized we couldn’t brew enough beer in such a small space. So, we started to think about how and where to grow. We built a larger brewery on Maywood Ave to help our business grow and build our brand. Eventually we moved our little brewery to @trophyonmaywood, but we have always missed it. Morgan St has always been a home to us and the heart of Trophy Brewing Company. So tomorrow, we are bringing Fermentation back to Morgan St. At 4pm we are kicking open the doors and welcoming neighbors, friends and family in to help us start the newest chapter in our history. We owe a huge thanks to everyone that has supported us over the last 7 years, brought their friends and families through our door and made the “Morgan St Squeeze” to get past the bar and get into our dining room. Tomorrow we welcome fermentation back to Morgan St, and we share what we have been working on.”

They’re also adding 2,000 square feet of green roof and 54 solar panels. The original space will now be renovated to match the design of the expansion. Construction should begin shortly and the renovation should wrap up some time early next year.

Midtown Exchange Plans Unveiled

DeWitt Carolinas announced plans for what may be Raleigh’s most ambitious mixed-use development to date: the $1 billion (with a B) Midtown Exchange.

The nearly 40-acre development is set to include everything from apartments, condos, and townhomes to “world-class workspaces, a premier convention center, an upscale hotel, central green space, high-end shops, and restaurants.” There’s even an “underground speakeasy in honor of Isaac Hunter’s Tavern” which was originally located on the property.

Most importantly, it appears that there will be a WATER FEATURE. Finally, Camp Sea Gull and Seafarer attendees can practice their sailing skills 365 days a year.

Through its subsidiary holding company St. Albans Holdings LLC, DeWitt owns 900 and 1010 St. Albans Drive, along with 3450 Quail Hollow Drive, which total a little over 38 acres.

DeWitt began assembling the land in 1998, starting with roughly 15 acres that would become the site of their One Renaissance building, which was completed in 1999. They have begun the necessary paperwork to start construction on the site, including a zoning verification letter and an extensive Site Permitting review process that includes evaluations of the project’s stormwater, urban forestry, public utility plans, and more.

The mostly-vacant land is situated up the street from North Hills. According to a press release issued by DeWitt, the site will include the following:

• 790,000 square feet of Class A office space

• A convention center with rooftop dining and entertainment, featuring exceptional views of downtown Raleigh

• Over seven acres of green space with water features and park amenities that will tie into the city’s existing greenway

• 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space

• 300 hotel rooms

• 1,275 apartments, condos, and townhomes

• 300 senior living units

We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses.

Seaboard Wine Tasting 11/23

Our friends at Seaboard Wine at HighPark Village are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday, featuring Thanksgiving picks with Ariel from Advintage Distributing. Stop by from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and sample some great wines, including:

Cristia Cotes du Rhone Blanc; Rhone Valley, France
Perrachon Beaujolais Blanc; Burgundy, France
Montinore Borealis White; Willamette Valley, Oregon
Millet Menetou-Salon Pinot Noir; Loire Valley, France
Domaine Chantepierre Lirac; Rhone Valley, France
Lapis Luna Zinfandel; North Coast, CA

Seaboard Wine’s 23rd Annual Champagne Tasting will be held on December 4th and 5th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm or 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. They will be sampling Champagne and sparkling wines from around the world. Admission is $39 per person. Visit their Eventbrite to reserve your date and time.

Oak City Market At Skyhouse Closes

Oak City Market at Skyhouse has shut down. The deli/grocer was opened in 2016 by Taiseer “Taz” Zarka, best known for his downtown convenience store Taz’s Supermarket One, located at the corner of South Wilmington Street. Its parent company, the Hussain Corporation, filed bankruptcy earlier this year.

Taz’s convenience store also filed for bankruptcy in March of this year, according to the Triangle Business Journal.

Having had the pleasure of meeting Taz on several occasions – he could frequently be found manning the register at Taz’s Supermarket – I was sorry to hear of his troubles then, and am even sorrier now to hear that Oak City Market was forced to close. Like the TBJ in March, we had no luck in reaching Taz for comments, although we hope this isn’t the end of his downtown presence.


High Horse Opens In City Market

High Horse opened at 208 Wolfe St. last weekend. The wood-fired concept is from top Chef Katsuji Tanabe. According to their website

“High Horse Founder, and celebrity Chef Katsuji Tanabe is known across the nation for his signature playful style and unique culinary combinations of Mexican, Japanese, and American flavors. With an upbringing in Mexico City, and successful restaurants stretching from Los Angeles to Chicago, he aims to provide all of his patrons with a unique dining experience that is engaging and affordable for all.

Through his restaurant, High Horse (which pays homage to the stables that once occupied the City Market area) Tanabe invites diners to leave pretentions behind and enjoy a “fun dining” atmosphere for all. With unique combinations of flavors, and a menu original to High Horse, we’re sure you’ll experience meals like you never have before.”


Mordecai Beverage Company Updates

York Properties recently shared a tenant highlight of Mordecai Beverage Company in Gateway Plaza Shopping Center.

“With its Edison bulbs, leather sofa, metal shelving and wood accents this brewery/taproom/bottleshop has what we can only describe as a cozy “industrial farmhouse” feel to it. (Is that even a thing?) The iconic tree art above the bar was done by sculptural artist Meleah Gabhart.

Check them out sometime soon – you’ll be glad you did. Oh! And if you like hard cider we can highly recommend @stemciders Chile Guava. Nice kick!”

The shop is located in Gateway Plaza, which has undergone quite a transformation thanks to Loden Properties.

Cameron Village Open House Nov. 21

The Cameron Village Holiday Open House will be held on November 21, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Raleigh’s hottest holiday open house has everything, a visit from Santa, REAL snow sledding, a Ferris wheel, music, and much more. Attendees will receive a $25 Cameron Village Gift Card when they spend $100. (Limited to the first 500 guests)

Plans Change For Crabtree Apartments

Back in April, we reported on a plan to bring yet another apartment complex to the crowded Crabtree Valley Market: the 149-unit Cresleigh. It looks like those plans have been scrapped, and a new developer has stepped in with a plan of their own: a 230-unit apartment complex that will also include 15,000 square feet of restaurant and retail.

A recently-filed administrative site review application indicates that Silver Hills Development out of Ohio acquired the land at 5201 and 5301 Homewood Banks Drive (located behind the mall and near the McDonald’s) last month. They will likely begin building the new five-story project and accompanying four-story parking deck sometime next year.

Other News

The ABC 11 Raleigh Christmas Parade presented by Shop Local Raleigh Nov. 23

The greatest parade in the history of Christmas is returning to downtown Raleigh to celebrate its 75th year. Sponsored by ABC 11 and presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and Shop Local Raleigh, the parade telecast airs from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

The Raleigh Christmas Parade, has been presented by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association since 1944. The parade is the largest single-day event in Raleigh, attracting an estimated 60,000 spectators from across the state and reaching more than 250,000 through television and live video streaming. Many people often refer to ITBlake and JDog’s coverage of the parade as the single greatest moment in Christmas history.

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Nov. 23

Join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance for the annual Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, November 23, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The event will include live performances, a Marbles Kids Museum Booth, local food vendors, downtown retail, local beer and wine, and free activities for every age!

Most importantly, Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the holiday tree.

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