Big Drafts at Natty Greene’s In Downtown Raleigh

The landmark of powerhouse square in Glenwood South, the Raleigh Electric Company Power House building, has been empty for over a year now but that will all change soon. Greensboro based Natty Greene’s has moved in and will open very soon. The furniture is in place, the beer tanks are brewing, and staff training is currently underway.

For those that have been to this beautiful space at 505 West Jones Street when Southend Brewery was open, you will be familiar with the restaurant setup. Left of the entrance is the restaurant with space for couples, families, and large groups. To the right is the bar area with high tables and chairs. Each are separated by the huge beer tanks in the center, on display for everyone to see. The upstairs “loft” will be used for private parties or large functions. The back room through the bar is the game room with another bar, pool tables, dart boards, and a shuffleboard.

Natty Greene’s is open now but look for an official opening date around St. Patrick’s day.

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  1. I liked Southend, hopefully this will be a long lasting addition to the area.

    I noticed trailers on the property across from 42nd Street. Is that 12-15 story building breaking ground soon?

    That whole area fron Peace Street to 42nd Street needs to be cleaned up. That would be a great location for a large downtown entertainment district (similar to San Diego’s Gaslamp Village or Chicago’s Gold Coast area).

    Need a “REAL” developer (not a local) who will think big.

  2. So it is open? Soft opening I am guessing? They don’t want to miss out on the st pattys day $$$ this weekend.

    Looking forward to having a beer at Nattys soon!

  3. @Thomas: Raleigh hasn’t had a good track record of non-local developers who come in thinking they know our market. They usually don’t and fail horribly. Take a look at The Depot for example.

    What’s wrong with local development anyways? I prefer it. At least people around here have passion and care about how the project turns out. Take a look at Empire Properties for example.

  4. Any word on if it’s actually open or not? I’m definitely ready for a place besides the Saucer to go this afternoon.

  5. DPK,

    The track record is not good because Raleigh does not have vision, period.

    Instead of using the MA. developer (or someone equivalent) who proposed a 40 story high tech facility on PRIME real estate (could have been a start up incubator), we select a local developer who builds that ugly “THREE STORY” Hudson (please, do not say it has character, NOT). Where is that developer today?

    We should have selected the MA. developer or someone with vision for that center city piece of land (yet we settle for a three story bland looking facility)

    STOP: Empire, are you kidding. They are in the restaurant business, not a true developer. Look at that L Building, what an ugly design and it still sits there unfinished (they should be banned from this city).
    Not to mention the Lafayette (economy is not an excuse for either, both were in planning for years)

    Empire is an awful example of quality and local vision, but good effort

  6. First, let me wish best of luck to this new business. Let’s hope it will be here to stay, unlike other businesses that passed through that location.

    Thomas, the trailers you see at the Powerhouse Plaza are for the Green Square project. Probably, the developer decided to lease space until he is ready to break ground.

    Regarding The Hudson, you made an error. The developer who proposed the 40-story was local, but from what I heard it was more of a pie in the sky project. The company that finally managed to buy the former Hudson Belk was from MA and they owned the 333 Corporate Center back then. The city trusted them. They came back with a plan for a 6-story mixed-use project, which they could not deliver. King bought The Hudson and tried to make it work. Personally, I do not care about The Hudson, but it does a lot to add retail and residents. I would much rather see a 40+ story building there, but I will take The Hudson for now.

  7. It is off topic, but Soleil Center was far from a pie in the sky. When a developer spends millions of dollars – $5 million just for the acquisition – before even the project takes off. The project was designed by a team that has done MAJOR work around the world and charges a ton of money. Such projects would put Raleigh on the map and make it more visible as a city.

    Some day we will regret not seeing more Soleil Centers, but that is another story. In the meantime, developers will struggle to delive even buildings below 10 floors :(

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