by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Union Station Is Open, Empire Properties Expands On South Dawson

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Week of July 9, 2018

Union Station opens

Empire expands on South Dawson

The Local Squirrel expands in Cameron Village

Kaiju Bowl & Bao opens

Papa Shogun coming to Seaboard Station

PNC Arena upgrades player fitness area

Sultan Kebab House heading to Western Boulevard

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi begins work on Raleigh location

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Union Station Opens

Union Station is now open for business. Official Amtrak service at Raleigh’s brand-new train station began at 6:30 a.m. this morning.

Located at 510 W. Martin Street, the station’s original opening date was delayed slightly due to the platform not meeting required regulations regarding its slope, which was apparently too steep by one percent.

Union Station also includes three stories of commercial and office spaces, which are managed by our friends over at York Properties. John Koonce ( — 919-645-2765) is handing the retail leasing and Brian Wallace ( — 919-645-2773) is handling the office leasing. York will also coordinate the event space leasing.

Congratulations to all involved on making Union Station a success!


Empire Expands on South Dawson

Just a few blocks from Union Station, Empire Properties has acquired three more properties along the west side of the 400 block of South Dawson. This is in addition to Empire’s planned 12-story mixed-use project at the intersection of Dawson and Davie.

424, 426, and 430 South Dawson, which are home to Mad Ethel’s Tattoos and Deep South bar, were recently acquired by a subsidiary of Empire for an undisclosed sum. The three structures were originally built in the 1940s and have been home to a variety of tenants, including the Matthews Shade Company, a roofing company, and others.

Although we don’t know what plans Empire has for their newly acquired South Dawson buildings, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a restoration similar to what they did with the old Dr. Pepper building, the Baldwin& building, Personify, and Reunion Marketing, all of which are nearby.


The Local Squirrel Expands In Cameron Village

After two years, The Local Squirrel is expanding into a larger space in Cameron Village. The store, owned and operated by Rachael Riddle, offers jewelry, home accessories, and gifts, all with a focus on local vendors. They even carry items form the highly coveted ITB Insider merchandise line.

“The new space allows us to expand many of our categories in store starting with our baby selection. We have an additional room in the shop that we’re calling “The Little Acorn Room.” Look for swaddles, toys, accessories for baby and mommy, surrounded by beautiful local artwork perfect for a nursery. We’ll also be bringing in several new Local Makers. I mean at the end of the day, Raleigh is kinda a big deal,” said Riddle.

They’re now located at 2014 Cameron Street. Stay tuned for a potential trunk show hosted by ITBlake the intern.

Kaiju Bowl & Bao Opens

Kaiju Bowl & Bao, a ramen restaurant from Ken Yowell, owner of Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila, officially opened its doors to the public last week.

Located at 170 East Davie Street in the former home of Dickey’s BBQ and next door to Oak City Meatball, the restaurant has been under construction for nearly 8 months.

The restaurant features a kind of “Asian chicken wing,” along with a variety of other Japanese-inspired menu items. The $25,000 renovation of the 1,350 square-foot space was handled by Carolina Design & Construction.


Axis Powers Invade Seaboard Station

Less than a month after the loss of Korean restaurant Kimbap, it appears that a unique new restaurant will be taking its place. Triangle Explorer recently posted about Papa Shogun, a new Italian/Japanese concept that will open in Seaboard Station.

While there’s been an explosion of so-called fusion restaurants in recent years — like the sushi/burger Cowfish at North Hills, or the spectacular Korean/Mexican Lucha Tigre in Chapel Hill, this is the first time since World War II we’ve read about the Japanese and Italians joining forces.

It’s certainly an interesting concept, and we’re interested to see what kind of menu Papa Shogun will offer when it opens.

A Better Workout at PNC Arena

Permits valued at around $170,000 were issued to Spec Con Inc. last week for an improvement/alteration to the PNC player fitness area/locker room.

We’re not exactly sure what kind of gym upgrades that kind of money can buy, but we’re glad the Hurricanes are making these improvements.

In addition to an improved workout, the permits indicate the players will also have improved cabinetry, a relocated sink, and new ice and beverage machines. This should lead to a Stanley Cup victory within the next 2-3 years.

The Sultan of Western Boulevard

After the closing of Greek Fiesta’s Western Boulevard location, N.C. State students were at a loss for a quick, easy place to get kebab-style meals — but not for much longer.

An ABC inspection permit was issued last week for “Sultan Kebab” at 3933 Western, and while the name implies it won’t be kebabs of the Greek variety, grilled meat is grilled meat.

Rockin’ Out on Strickland Road

Rockin’ Rolls Sushi, Durham’s popular Japanese restaurant, will soon open a brand-new Raleigh location at Harvest Plaza on Strickland Road.

The $332,930 renovation of the 4,910 square foot space at 9650 Strickland Road is being handled by Golden City Construction. An opening date has not yet been announced.

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