Winter 2017 Restaurant Roundup

Vidrio

Vidrio is now open in Glenwood South

For this restaurant update, the energy seems to be building in and around Moore Square. There are a few delicious places to try now as well as ones to look forward to this year.

For a complete list of eats, drinks, and coffees in and around downtown, make sure to bookmark the DT Eats page. Try something new!

This burger. My goodness!

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So proud of this project! A true collaboration with friends. Can't wait to see @brewerybhavana come to life!!!!

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Awesome round up, Leo! Thank you. I have a reservation at Vidrio this coming Thursday… can’t wait to check it out! Hopefully it’ll live up to the hype though so far I haven’t seen a bad review yet.

Tiffany, it’s quite the place and should be a big draw. Hope you enjoy it.

The Edison Tower should look Super driving into Raleigh from Old Garner Road !

Not a restaurant but the new dollar general mini is open under the Edison apartments. Hours are 7am – 11pm everyday. It’s actually pretty nice inside too. Great addition for us east downtowners.

Here is a new article on Raleigh MLS bid from Sport Illustrated. It says 3 locations now, one of which sounds like downtown.
http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/01/27/mls-expansion-city-raleigh-north-carolina-fc-steve-malik

That burger looks awesome.

If this MLS thing doesn’t happen and Malik insists that he is committed to DT Raleigh, let’s see him build some high end boutique hotels. Let’s see him fund a permanent urban Amphitheater. Let’s see him fund a significant DT retail project. Let’s see him build a multiscreen urban model theater. Let’s see him develop some affordable micro apartments for young people who are currently priced out of the DT market. Let’s see him redevelop the Cargill site.
Let’s also see him be the example to other wealthy locals to take an interest in shaping our city’s future instead of just locking themselves behind the gates of their suburban mansions.

Wait, my suburban mansion was supposed to have a gate?!

@John532, Why show animosity towards Steve Malik? He doesn’t own hotels or movie theaters. He owns soccer teams. And he wants to use his soccer teams to help better the community (i.e. Invest in DT, invest in local soccer organizations, be examples and lead fight against HB2 and gerrymandering). Such aggressive tones from the public would deter growth in DT, not increase it.

@Paul. I am not showing animosity. I am suggesting. God forbid that the citizens of the city should ask leaders to step in the communities that have been a big part of making them who they are today.

Leo, any idea what’s going on with Stones Warehouse? I drove by it yesterday and there’s no work happening on it. Demo work was supposed to start before the end of 2016.

I haven’t checked in with Stone’s in awhile but you are right. The project may be slipping.

Interesting article i found regarding Steve Malik’s potential stadium plans. we should get a rendering sometime next week. Based on his comments, sounds like he’s looking at areas around North Hills.

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2017/01/27/mls-expansion-city-raleigh-north-carolina-fc-steve-malik

He says he has “urban”. North Hills isn’t ‘urban’. I know he has 1-2 sites in and around downtown. Keep in mind any site off S. Saunders is also next to Wilmington so any mini-van can make it safely in and out of the urban jungle back to their comfortable beige world in Cary, Apex, Holly Spr………Sorry I dozed off for a second..

Uncle Jesse,
So salty, haha. I feel you though, I grew up down there. It’s pretty boring.

There’s a LOT of potential for urban mid-rise infill between MLK and 40. A soccer stadium would be a nice addition, especially if it defined the character (like Fenway or Wrigleyville).

@JamesPolk

Here is the Stones Warehouse

http://www.transferoldeeast.com/

Since this is regarding RESTAURANT Week .. and NOT Soccer (which it would be better to have baseball).

Two restaurants on your list Leo that I see and LOVE are The Cardinal and Vidrio. Cardinal is such a great spot with a nice view and GREAT hot dogs. Nice neighborhood bar vibe. And the Vidrio.. if you haven’t been.. you have to go. There is nothing else like it in Raleigh. The atmosphere is incredible! I almost feel like i’m not even in Raleigh when I go in there. Whether you go there for food or just to the bar for a drink… GREAT spot!

Tampa Bay & San Diego submitted their soccer bid yesterday afternoon , Monday the 30th . There are now 12 cities that are bidding for a team . San Diego will build a 30,000 seat stadium & Detroit will build a 25,000 seat stadium . Phoenix has joined in ! MLS will interview in person , every owner that submitted their bid .

http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/01/31/triangle-bid-for-mls-includes-stadium-with.html

Says one of the stadium renderings having a translucent roof similar to the Vikings Stadium.

But will not disclose the location

Saw the ‘public support’ comment in there which translates into some sort of public investment ; either land, roads, etc. From what I understand, Malik intends to fund the entire franchise fee along with the stadium without public dollars($300MM), unlike several of the bidders including ‘charlotte usa’. This said, Raleigh is one of the smaller markets battling. Metro is only larger than Nashville. I’m not the biggest soccer guy myself but I recognize how transformational landing a franchise and a stadium Downtown could be for the City now and into the future. charlotte is probably our biggest competitor here. I’m baffled that owners who have supported the redneck and heavily racist NASCAR (2000 left turns is not a ‘sport’) are even in the running here (FYI: I’m born & bred NC) but they do bring money and experience running an ‘entertainment event’; something Malik lacks.

WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE OUR SUPPORT LOUDLY. PURCHASE SEASON TICKETS FOR NCFC FOR STARTERS!!! Tickets can be purchased at all sorts of price levels but if we can show Raleigh and the regions support through ticket sales that could be HUGE for the region’s bid. https://www.northcarolinafc.com/

“owners who have supported the redneck and heavily racist NASCAR”

who pissed in your cornflakes?

No reason for that crap here

I agree with Drew. No need for that type of commentary.

I really want to actively support this soccer franchise, but I simply cannot do that until and unless I know that the stadium is set for downtown. Sorry to those who disagree with me for sitting it out, but I’ve lived here a long time, and watched too many things that should be downtown end up as islands somewhere out in the suburbs. North Hills? That just wouldn’t work for me.

I would much rather have the riverwalk with restaurants and retail over MLS. I love the water feature Durham has.. fun, creative and looks amazing. I wish we could do something similar. We have the water already in place. We just need to do something with it.

we are NOT getting a ‘riverwalk’. We might get a glorified greenway next to a creek (Pigeon Creek/Crabtree) but we need to stop talking about a non-existent ‘riverwalk’ that’s basically become urban legend.

Unless they channel the Neuse south, we are not getting a riverwalk in the way some of you think (ie: San Antonio). You can’t simply take a waterway and turn it into a commercial endeavor any longer without major pushback from regulators and municipal governments. Not to mention the cost of trying to create a fabricated ‘fake river’ (aka: charlotte usa) is not only a waste of dollars, its just that ‘fake’. The City has much higher priorities which to invest that have tangible short-term ROI. Regardless of whether you like/don’t like soccer; an MLS stadium in downtown has the opportunity to deliver major ROI in a short window.

For those that don’t like my shot at Nascar, my apologies but it’s hard to argue against my statement with any credibility, even if it was a bit inflammatory.

@TheNightHawk are you suggesting Crabtree creek or Pigeon Branch when you say that we have the water in place? It would be cool to have a natural water feature even if it wasn’t right DT – not sure how attractive Devereux Meadows will be once it’s complete, but imagine a redeveloped West street north of Peace with retail/restaurants that abuts the flood plain park, maybe with a bridge over the creek from businesses to the grassy areas…

Hey @Evan.. Pigeon. yes, those are my thoughts as well. I think that area has great potential for something you just described.

Would love to see some sort of water feature brought to live in that area… with the kane development going in with hopefully a publix, residential and retail along with a renovation of seaboard with harris teeter.. this will be a very popular area. So if someone could go in north of peace on west and develop some maybe 3 store building (1 floor retail / restaurant / bar) with condos over top.. looking over a nice water feature. Or if we could somehow implement something similar to what they have in durham somewhere.. I think that would be awesome!

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