by William Needham Finley IV™

Development Beat: Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing To Replace Boylan Bridge Brewpub

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Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing to replace Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Seaboard Wine Tasting Event May 25

Residential mixed-use project planned for SOJO

Reader Meetup May 29th

Drive Shack closer to opening

Work begins on Rosewater Kitchen & Bar at North Hills

Downtown Days Inn begins transformation into Longleaf Hotel

Hillsborough Street gets more apartments

Purchase tickets to the Women’s ICC held August 15th and 18th at WakeMed Soccer Park

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Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing To Replace Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing will open soon in the former home of Boylan Bridge Brewpub. We consider this some of the best news ever.

We did some journalism and found that Wye Hill will offer craft beer and food. A deeper investigation led us to the discovery that “wye” is a railroad term. According to Wikipedia, a wye is a triangular joining arrangement of three rail lines with a railroad switch at each corner connecting to each incoming line.

Here’s a look from Bobby McFarland (no relation to Billy, hopefully) at what he and Chef de cuisine Kyle Fletcher have been working on at Wye Hill.

It sounds like they’ll be open in early June. You can follow Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing on Instagram @WyeHill to stay up to date.


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Seaboard Wine Tasting May 25

Our friends at Seaboard Wine are hosting a free wine tasting this Saturday, May 25th. Join Scott Langston from Freedom Beverage from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Scott will be pouring an interesting selection of wines form Macedonia, Slovenia, Jumilla, Languedoc, and Touraine. All wine sampled at the tasting bar is discounted 10% off by the bottle and 15% off by the 1/2 case mix or match for you to take home and enjoy.



Residential Mixed-Use Project Planned for SOJO

A rezoning request could put a new apartment project within walking distance of the new Wegmans in SOJO.

While the rezoning case calls for a change of use from industrial to residential and a height increase to 12 stories, a deeper dive into the plans reveals that the developer, Riverbend Development, is only looking to build a five-story structure.

Riverbend purchased the 10-acre site at 819 East Six Forks Road last year from Sears for about $5 million. They believe the project will “encourage more live/work/play opportunities in this area by bringing more high density residential units into an evolving section of the Midtown area of the City.”

Reader Meetup May 29th

We’re pleased to announce that we’ll be joining some of the finest fellow media empires in town for a meetup on May 29th at Growler USA.

We’ll join Leo with DTRaleigh, Jennifer with Inbound Raleigh, and Jed Byrne with Oak City CRE, to talk about downtown Raleigh, transit, development, and more.

Check out the Facebook Event with more details. Growler USA is located at 314 South Blount Street.


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Drive Shack Closer To Opening

Drive Shack should be opening its first Raleigh location soon. While corporate has never responded to any of our e-mails or phone calls, ABC Inspection Permits were recently issued for the complex.

Our guess is the grand opening date is about a month or so away, as ABC permits are one of the final steps taken before opening to the public.

The 63,885 SF, $8 million facility is being built by Ashland Construction and will be located on Corporate Center Drive in West Raleigh next to Interstate 40.


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Work Begins On Rosewater Kitchen & Bar At North Hills

Work is now underway on Rosewater, a Mediterranean restaurant from the Giorgios Group, in the old Bruegger’s space at North Hills. A set of permits were recently issued to local contracting firm Homework Enterprises.

The permits, which have a combined listed value of just under $250,000, describe the work to be performed as an “alteration” to the existing 2,071 square feet of space, and a 997 square foot addition for “dining area/storage.”

Although we don’t have a solid opening date yet for Rosewater, we imagine it will be sometime before the end of the year.



Downtown Days Inn Begins Transformation

Nearly five months after the downtown Days Inn on North Dawson was ushered into an eternal night, work has begun on the transformation of the 55-year-old structure into a boutique hotel known as the Longleaf Inn.

A trio of permits with a combined value of more than $300,000 were recently issued to the Northgate Group for work that will include a total renovation of the existing lobby, building-wide HVAC improvements, and corridor and bathroom alterations on the first floor.

The Northgate Group is still waiting on approval of an $800,000+ permit, applied for on March 29, that looks like it would cover the remainder of the required renovations. The new hotel will also feature a bar called the Longleaf Lounge.

Local developer Loden Properties had purchased the property at 300 N. Dawson in January of this year for $5 million, as well as the adjoining property for $1.5 million.



Hillsborough Street Gets More Apartments

A Charlotte-based real estate firm plans to finalize a long-running project: The Park/Ashe/Hillsborough Apartment Trilogy.

The project began in 2016, when FMW Realty filed plans for the 109 Park Apartments, a four-story, 87-unit student housing complex situated just behind the old IHOP. Construction on the project began in 2017 and wrapped up earlier this year.

A few weeks ago, permits were issued for the construction of two additional, adjacent complexes: 103 Park and 104 Ashe. According to plans filed in 2017, 104 Ashe Avenue will be a five-story, 17,665 square foot apartment building that will sit on a .24 acre lot. It will have 5 one-bedroom, 7 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom units.

103 Park will be a 3-story, 14,915 square foot apartment building that will include six one-bedroom units, six two-bedrooms and three three-bedrooms.

Liberty Oak construction was listed as the general contractor for 103 Park and 104 Ashe, which have a combined value of more than $3 million.

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