Summer 2014 Restaurant Roundup

Death and Taxes
Summer nights in Raleigh are good for sweets and ales. Maybe not at the same time but if you happen to like a beer after a sweet treat, this season’s eats news has you covered.

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

  • We’re still waiting on the newest Ashley Christensen restaurant, Death & Taxes, to open at the corner of Salisbury and Hargett Street. Fancy signs are up covering the windows. Oooooooo.
  • Nearby along Fayetteville Street, Happy and Hale has opened in one of the city plaza kiosks. Their salads and juices look pretty tasty.
  • The dessert and cocktail bar, Bittersweet, has opened in PNC Plaza along Martin Street.
  • After closing down Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern at 112 Fayetteville Street, the guys behind the outfit have opened a Roaring Twenties themed bar called Common 414 at 414 Fayetteville Street. They officially open in less than two weeks.
  • Meanwhile back at 112 Fayetteville, someone else has put some work into the space and is opening up another bar. No official word is out there about it but I heard they have had a soft opening and should be open soon. [UPDATE: Just learned today that the place is called Capital City Tavern and they are indeed open.
  • A small shop, Harvest Sundries & Deli, has opened in the Progress Energy building. Sounds like a good place for a cheap breakfast or lunch.
  • The people behind Tasty 8’s Hot Dogs is doing a big renovation job at the space where Spize Cafe used to be and I think it looks great. Gourmet hot dogs are in our future.
  • Lucettegrace is a bakery that’s “Coming Soon” according to their website. They plan to be on Salisbury Street kind of behind Capital Club 16.
  • A new coffee shop is coming to Seaboard Station. Brew plans to open in the row of shops along Seaboard Avenue and they are crushing their kickstarter! Raleighites love their coffee.
  • Also in Seaboard Station, Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Cafe will be opening in October, according to a TBJ article. The bakery will have “breads, pastries, sandwiches and salads” and be open for lunch and breakfast.
  • A bread shop, Boulted Bread, has opened on South Street. You can find their goods at the shop or at the Wednesday afternoon Farmer’s Market at City Market each week.
  • Work is slow but progressing on the empty space between Second Empire and the Holiday Inn, future home of Taverna Agora. The restaurant is relocating from Glenwood Avenue to this space on Hillsborough Street. Their website says they will move this winter.
  • Chef Scott Crawford has, or is, leaving his spot at Herons, the fine-dining restaurant at Cary’s Umstead Hotel. He is taking on two new projects in downtown Raleigh. First, is Standard Foods, a grocery and restaurant in Person Street Plaza.
  • Crawford’s second project is Nash Tavern, a classic American style tavern, in one of the buildings on the south side of Nash Square. A lot of planning is going into this one so it most likely will be a 2015 project.
  • In Glenwood South, DeMo’s Pizzeria & Deli has opened in the 222 Glenwood building.
  • Clouds Brewing, formerly called Storm Clouds Brewing, in the old Napper Tandy’s space near Powerhouse Plaza is looking close to opening. There are some construction photos on their Facebook and the TBJ has a nice article about them, saying they will open next month.

you’ll be able to pay when you enter, receive a bracelet and pour your own beer from 40 different taps.

*Hey Triangle: Order your fall beers from Facebook

  • Visible work hasn’t yet started on the Raleigh Beer Garden or the 100 taps that will be inside this place.
  • We’ve watched construction on the building at the corner of Tucker Street and Glenwood Avenue, planning to house a Carolina Ale house, all year. I read awhile ago that they planned to have the Ale House open before football season so there really isn’t much time left. Will they make it? Not sure.

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  1. WOW. A lot this time around! Leo, these lists are only going to get longer and longer over the years – hope you’re up for it still!!!

  2. I’m going to hit Capital City Tavern right after work around 4:30 or 5 is anyone wants to join. Purple shirt, grey slacks and no watch.

  3. The retail space on the Morgan st. side of the 927 W Morgan apartments has a sign on the window that says “P.G. Werth’s Restaurant and Bottle Bar.” From their FB page, looks like they’re slated to open “late October.” Nice to see that space finally filling up.

  4. something like what @SquirelChat posted would be AMAZING in Raleigh – anyone see the big new project going up next to Father N Sons on Hargett? At first I thought the addition they were building would just be an add on to the actual building, but now that it’s taking shape, it looks like it might be a huge, double decker outdoor patio – anyone have any info on that??

  5. Carolina Ale House will definitely open this fall! It will not be open in time for the NFL’s kickoff in September, but construction is on target for November.

  6. the building on Hargett is the McClatchy Company (owner of the N&O) out of California’s consolidation of their online division, which my understanding develops and manages all of their newspapers online sites across the country. Fits nicely with the growing technology companies opening around the city.

  7. ^damn, was really pulling for a huge indoor restaurant/outdoor two story patio seating. If anyone’s been to Buffalo, they have a place like that-that is PACKED all the time. Well, it used to be when I lived in NY….. probably a dead zone by now.

  8. @Uncle Jesse

    Also sad to hear that’s not a new restaurant or bar. It looked like they were building an awesome patio, but alas.

  9. you mean next door to crank arm? i asked crank arm and they said it was an office. i couldn’t believe it….

  10. i’m actually pretty excited about ale house. i like the huge building, and i like their wings and beer. just the one where i used to live off wake forest rd was so dingy, so it’ll be cool to see a nice new one.

  11. ^Jeff – we’re talking about the new building being put up next to Father and Son on Hargett st

  12. BidClerk is showing Project # 1934623 for Raleigh as a 11-story hotel , 150 rooms , 1000 parking spaces deck in the design phase to start app. 5-2015 . What is throwing me off is the 1000 space deck because the convention center future hotel already has a parking deck . Dwight Nipper

  13. ^Why would a 150 room hotel need 1000 space parking deck? Could this be the rumored Hilton Garden Inn across the street from the L? I always thought that could be a perfect spot for a huge skyscraper some day

  14. is Bidclerk showing a ‘to be constructed’ parking deck or is that simply part of the overall project?

  15. Uncle Jesse : I don’t know . Here is how the project is listed on BidClerk . Project ID# 1934623 , Est. start date May 2015 , 11-story hotel , 150 rooms ,1,000 parking space deck , in the design status , terrace on roof top . To get more detail info. on any project , you have to be a member of the site & you have to pay for that . Hope this helps you . Dwight

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