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Week of October 1, 2018
Wilson’s Eatery opening soon at Dock 1053
Outdoor office space at Union Station
Plans to redevelop Capital Plaza Hotel
Tavern/Restaurant to replace Devolve Moto on Glenwood South
Crabtree Valley Mall food court to become food hall
Updates on Downtown Wayfinding Kiosks
Trinity Road pedestrian tunnel opens
Ways that you can contribute to the Hurricane Florence recovery:
Wilson’s Eatery Coming Soon to Dock 1053
Wilson’s Eatery, a restaurant named after Wilson the dog, will open Monday, October 8th at Dock 1053. Our investigative journalism broke the news about this restaurant back in May. We kept a close eye on the story by following Wilson’s on Instagram and can confirm that they recently shared their menu:
Chips and Dip (V/GF) $5/8, Pork Nachos $11, Charcuterie Plate $14, Pimento Cheese & Pork Cracklins $7, Lettuce Wraps (GF) $10
Chopped Salad $10, Market Salad (V/GF) $11
Broccoli Salad (GF) $3, Beer Cheese Mac (V) $4, Belgian Fries (V) $3, The Dock Slaw (V) $3
Cha Cha’s BLT – glazed pork belly, lettuce, tomato & Duke’s mayo on sourdough
Grilled Pimento Cheese (V) – house-made pimento cheese with Ashe Co. cheddar & poblano on sourdough
Ell Bell’s Double Cheeseburger – two smashed patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, house pickles & Duke’s mayo on brioche
Veggie Burger (V) – falafel, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato & house pickles on brioche
Southern Fried – crispy chicken thigh, pimento cheese, lettuce & house pickles on brioche
Carnitas Torta – braised pork, ham, avocado, black bean spread, cabbage, American cheese, tomato, house pickles & Duke’s mayo on brioche
Neopolitan (V) – tomato, mozzarella & basil
Old School – tomato, mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni, peppers & red onion
Veggie (V) – white sauce, mushroom, spinach, red onion & tomato
Steak & Arugula – white sauce, flank steak, arugula, blue cheese & chimichurri
Pork & Pimento Cheese (GF) – pimento cheese, braised pork, pickled red onion, charred cabbage & house-made BBQ sauce
Wilson Bars – decadent house-made bars with toasted rice cereal, peanut butter, butterscotch & chocolate. We assume the idea for these came from Wilson the dog, who was recently featured on DogsofITB:
We got a sneak preview of the menu at the soft opening.
Outdoor Offices At Union Station
Starting this week, you can work outside at Raleigh’s Union Station. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Alfred Williams & Company, and a number of coworking spaces have leveraged synergies to turn Union Station Plaza into Raleigh’s hottest new outdoor office. This space has something for everyone; WiFi, solar-powered shade umbrellas, white boards, tables, benches, a conference table, and more amenities to make sure you and your colleagues can actualize cutting-edge relationships as you begin to close out Q4.
We are launching Raleigh's first #OutdoorOffice by partnering with @AWC_Office, @HQRaleigh, @IndustriousHQ, @nestraleigh, @spacesworks, and other #DowntownRaleigh stakeholders. Come #WorkAtUnion at Raleigh Union Station between October 1 – 12. Learn more: https://t.co/df0GaabLpz pic.twitter.com/mSk4aAAya0
— Downtown Raleigh Alliance (@DowntownRaleigh) September 20, 2018
Located at 510 W Martin Street, guests can stop by and work, reserve the 6-12 person conference table in hour long blocks, or attend special events after 5:00 pm. The outdoor office will be open until Friday, October 12th. There is no dress code that we’re aware of, but we assume the standard Patagonia startup vest is acceptable.
Plans for Capital Plaza
The site of the Capital Plaza hotel has seen a number of incarnations over the years, including a Holiday Inn, a Doubletree, and the Hotel Europa. Despite its chic surroundings (two pawn shops within walking distance) and its Eastern Bloc-esque design, the final concept lasted less than a year. The massive five-story concrete structure has sat vacant since 2005, causing it to become a hot spot for urban exploration.
A plan to transform the old hotel into a Radisson was announced in late 2015, but never happened. Last week, a new developer gave a presentation at the Brentwood Community Center on their plans for redeveloping the 8-acre parcel of land.
LIV (a developer, not the nightclub in Miami) would like to demolish the old hotel and replace it with 312 apartments and 24 townhomes. The units would combine to house 500 residents. The residences would not have any affordability limits, and would range in price from $900-$1,800/month.
At the meeting, Andrew Murray of LIV said they would not need to completely rezone the land in order to move their project forward, but noted they would need to revise the conditional uses that prohibit any sort of multifamily outside of senior living.
No Mo’ Moto
A new tavern-style bar and music venue is coming to Glenwood South. The venue will replace Devolve Moto and Vickers & Ruth Plumbing at 304 and 306 Glenwood Ave, the Triangle Business Journal reported last week.
After opening as a bar/cafe/retail shop in 2015, Devolve Moto closed the retail portion of its business in October 2017, and closed the cafe/bar earlier this year.
The space will be filled by a joint effort between Dan Lovenheim (the owner of Cornerstone Tavern, Alchemy, and Capital City Tavern) and Matt Kenner (the owner of Milk Bar, Southern Charred, and Dogwood Bar and Eatery).
From Food Court to Food Hall
CVM Holdings, the owner of Crabtree Valley Mall, apparently wants to break into the food hall space. What better place to start than with their existing food court?
Travis Bailey, creator of Raleighite.com and the first person to bring video streaming to Raleigh, notified us via Twitter about a sign at the mall’s food court.
— Travis Bailey (@Sigmandis) September 25, 2018
Initially, we had assumed Crabtree was going to try and compete with the food truck space.
A few weeks ago I wrote the headline “Crabtree Food Court Launches Food Trucks To Compete With DTR Food Halls” but never posted it. I guess life imitates memes far more than memes imitate life. https://t.co/RKeUDAuv1G
— ITB Insider™ (@ITBInsider) September 25, 2018
We had our technicians enhance the renderings and it looks like the remodel will include new tables, paintings of crops and greenery, couches, a fireplace, and more.
Making Your Way Downtown
Update: City Council was expected to authorize a plan to install interactive kiosks throughout downtown Raleigh on Tuesday. Some members raised objections about the kiosks producing too much light, among other things. We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it doesn’t look good right now.
Came down to Union Station to see the IKE wayfinding kiosk and it’s already gone. Now I don’t know how to get home. If anything happens to me, tell my family I loved them. pic.twitter.com/f6k9Hmr0pu
— William Needham Finley IV (@WNFIV) October 3, 2018
The kiosks are designed to “assist with pedestrian wayfinding and public service announcements/communication.” We first broke the news about these over a year ago.
Downtown Raleigh expert Bill King recently posted an example of the kiosks.
And check out a demo of the interactive wayfinding kiosks, which direct users to retail, restaurants, transit, attractions in downtown. pic.twitter.com/9Y14Fc3SFs
— Bill King (@kingbill24) October 1, 2018
The kiosks would include advertisements. But in a day and age where you’re forced to watch video ads while pumping gas, this was to be expected. Due to limitations on advertising in the public right of way, the type of ads displayed will be more restricted and likely in the vein of government-sponsored campaigns.
It appears that our idea of having ITBlake the intern serve as a virtual assistant will need to be put on hold until we can figure out how to run a government-sponsored campaign.
Trinity Tunnel Opens
NC State fans were finally able to enjoy the new pedestrian tunnel under Trinity Road last weekend. The tunnel allows pedestrians to walk safely and quickly from their cars to the stadium.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation, which oversaw the $4 million+ project, announced last week that the tunnel would be open in time for Saturday’s game. The press release noted that “in addition to providing a safe crossing for fans attending events at the football stadium and PNC Arena, it will also provide safety for attendees to the State Fair in October, when thousands of vehicles are parked on the stadium side of Trinity Road.”
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