Summer 2016 Restaurant Roundup

To quote the great philosopher Lauryn Hill: "Ready or Not, Here I Come, You Can't Hide Gonna Find You and Make You Want Me" We are officially OPEN. Stop by and see us tonight!

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Downtown continues to add new places to drink and eat. The outdoor seating options coming in the next few months will make you start wishing for Fall. (if the current heat hasn’t already done that)

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

6 pounds of mango ready to go into our Mango IPA! #craftbeer #littlecityral #raleighbeer #raleigh

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Ohh I'm keeping my eye on you Whiskey Kitchen, with your Art Deco facade, awesome outdoor seating and most likely delicious beverages. #downtownraleigh #loveyourcity

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One possible small correction. After linking to the gramercy pharmacy and market story, it said that the grand opening was September 2nd, not August 2nd. I would tend to believe that date since it doesn’t look anywhere near ready to open in a couple of days.

I really am happy to see some of our old building stock being renovated and reused in beautiful ways. Dram and Draught and Whiskey Kitchen especially. I am a big fan of reusing old gas stations. Coffee shops seem to do really well in them. E.g. these in Kansas City and Portland ME respectively
I hope our business environment finds more ways to utilize these cool old spaces.

@Mark. I completely agree that the use of older buildings enriches our downtown with some beauty that just isn’t replicated by new buildings. I also agree that old gas stations provide a particularly compelling opportunity. Old stations weren’t the land hogs that they are today and provide a nice balance of indoor and outdoor spaces that are usually on neighborhood corners like Dram & Draught. The station across the street from D&D is another site I’d like to see developed similarly. The intersection of Boylan and Hillsborough is a unique location that could act like a de facto entrance to DT as one heads west on Hillsborough.

That indoor/outdoor balance is so desirable, that many retrofits and new spaces are installing roll up doors to simulate that feel. That a gas station was built to be two separate spaces…work space and customer service space, seems to provide natural areas for say the ordering/counter area, and then the sitting, dining hall area. I almost forgot that Cocoa Cinnamon in Durham is pulling this off nicely as well. Also, Gringo in Raleigh and the Station are old gas stations as well…FWIW 404 Hillsborough is a former gas station as well, though configured in an different (I think older) manner (the outline of the pump island is still visible as concrete fill), and while cheerleading that project takes place (if it even is a project), we should be cognitive of what we’d be losing as well.

According to the “Gayborhood Raleigh” blog (, something’s planned for the old Borough/Hadley’s spot called “The District”. They are touting that they’ll be a hub for the Warehouse District and will have cross-promotional specials with other businesses in the area.

TBJ is reporting that the Edison Office tower beside Skyhouse has been sold to Highwoods to develop it into a tower. It appears that Beacon Partners and Batson-Cook could never get their tower out of the ground (go figure) so better to sell the land while prices were high. Highwoods has a much better chance of getting this property off the ground. Details are private on TBJ to subscribers. So, if anyone out there is, it would be nice if you could summarize the details.

Was just going to post about that. Can’t find any details since I’mnot a subscriber. Also, the food hall by Flying Saucer was having work done when I ran by last night

Anybody know what happened to the apt/condo project where Brother’s Pizza used to be on Hillsborough? That crane hasn’t moved an inch in months.

Also, glad to hear that news about Edison!

I will say that subscriptions to news orgs help pay for that reporting so asking folks to summarize subscriber content because you don’t want to pay for it undermines the ability for reporters to get that content in the first place. Internet ads generate a tiny fraction of what print ads used to make for local news orgs (national one have much larger readership and can survive a little easier though still struggle). Raleigh Public Record struggle mightily with a free model. I know the details will leak out pretty easily within a few hours and this will all be public knowledge soon enough, but still a little disappointing to see.

Thank you Eric!

On the city council agenda today was for the city to lease the 12th floor at 421 Fayetteville St. for 7 years !

@Eric, thank you! That sounds like good news. Ever since the completely lackluster Edison Apartments (a waste of space, in my opinion), I had huge doubts that they would bring anything substantial to the Edison office building lot. I feel like having the owners of the tallest building in Raleigh in control of the lot right next door can only be good news, because I doubt they would mind building something as tall or even taller than PNC! That would be such a prime spot for something massive, too. @ImposterJeff, do YOU have a $100 subscription to the TBJ? Please.

@Will, I have read that it is a dispute between the owner and contractor that started over claimed damages (lost rental income) having to do with a longer construction period than the owner wanted. Sounds like a poorly worded contract to me. Also notice that the tower crane moves a little tiny bit every day….I understand that this meets the minimum work requirement per day in the contact (standard language and interpretation of that language I am told)

While I am always glad to see more commercial space come to DT Raleigh, it’s a bit disappointing that it might come with three tall buildings in a line from PNC to Skyhouse. I’d rather see taller buildings developed to kick start other parts of DT.
Let’s expand the commercial district of our DT instead of cramming into the small footprint of our existing CBD.


Do you see those things as mutually exclusive? I think we can all agree that more density on Wilmington is a good thing and still root for high rises on Hillsborough, Dawson, etc. If we get something good on the N&O site, Martin St. will be one of the most urban in the city.

Yeah, that seems silly to bemoan a potential skyscraper because it’s not in a different location that the builder doesn’t own. Plenty of other projects can still be built.

@Mark Thanks! Hadn’t noticed any changes, it just looks like the same skeleton of studs that was there a year ago.

Hey other Jeff, happy to use another handle (not a frequent commenter here so wasn’t aware how it’d appear) , but don’t appreciate the name calling. Feel free to disagree with my comment, but please do so without stooping to name calling and nastiness.

Unfortunately, the N&O version of this article included this: “We have that Edison site under contract, but really there are no immediate plans for us to build a tower,” said Highwoods spokesman Brendan Maiorana. “At some point in the future we hope we’ll be able to build a project there.”

Hopefully, they’re downplaying their plans for the site, but it doesn’t sound like anything is happening in the near future. Still, it’s good to see it moving out of a dead-end situation.

I’m also Jeff G. Ugh, you’re like my evil twin. Or I’m yours.

No more copy and pasting articles, people. You’re making my site look bad. From now on, please link to articles and any quotes will not be approved.


Sorry, it won’t happen again.

Here is a link to the N&O article about the Edison site that I quoted above:

Completley unrelated to this thread, but I heard a local business owner mention that Target is looking to possibly build a store on Hillsborough St.

Which part of Hillsborough Street?

They paid 7.7 million for 0.7 acres it seems to be saying. That means you’ll either see a very tall building (not likely given all the new office space in the pipeline) or this corner will remain undeveloped for a very long time….me thinks…

@orluz, if Target were to build it would be where existing buildings stand, across from NCSU. They have reached out to some of the business owners but there is nothing formal from what I’m hearing.

My best guess for a Target on Hillsborough would be between Dixie and Daisy.

It’s a shame that Sandreuter didn’t just sell off all the land he owned. Now we’re stuck with the stick built piece of…. for at least my lifetime.

Just my two cents, but stick built buildings in downtown should be illegal.

I got some additional information this morning regarding Target, it looks like they are interested in the spot where The Alley is, it’s a very tiny spot so not exactly sure how they could fit a Target there. Also, The Alley still has a lease through the next 5-8 years according to the business owner I spoke with…

Considering the types of investors involved @ the 404 site, a Target at the bottom of that building makes good sense.

Given the area they’re… ahem… targeting and the potential size of the store, I’d venture that they’re looking to place a TargetExpress there.

In the DC area, Target has at least 2 multi floor “city style” stores. Columbia Heights and Mosaic (Fairfax). Combined with other stores, it takes up about 1 to 2 city blocks.

First time poster here but I’ve been reading for a while now. I had a friend contact the alley yesterday about buying a parking spot in their garage for this coming school year. Their response was that they were selling month by month passes and could probably provide parking until December but they didn’t know about their future after this semester.

A 21,000 sqft “Target Express” is part of the Carolina Square development on Franklin St in Chapel Hill. Bowling alley building is about 20,000 sqft. per level.

Using the parking garage under the Alley for a Target Express is one thing, but if say the whole building were torn down an replaced with a Target….well…pitchforks! At some point selling your soul to the next corporate shill that comes knocking isn’t improving the City at all…

If I were Target and wanted something near State, I’d look at the FedEx/Gumby’s site. Bonus is after 5 and weekend parking at Brooks Ave lot. Better visability from new roundabout and bus stop too. I’m bias tho: I want to keep the Alley, bowling PE at State is a right of passage.

Amen. Hillsbourough street desperately needed a makeover but not a complete “rip and replace” with chain stores and cookie cutter cheaply built apartment buildings.

Will Mitch’s Tavern be next if the Alley goes?

Someone’s gotta get that MItch’s building historically designated.

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