Fraziers, a longtime dining destination on Raleighs Hillsborough Street, closed Saturday.
Kevin Jennings, who opened Fraziers with his wife, Stacey, 14 years ago, explained that the restaurant wasnt doing as well after it underwent a renovation and changed to a wine bar.
Jennings said they sold Fraziers to the owners of Klaras, a Czech restaurant in Cary. (No word yet on their plans for the space.)
Fraziers was the Jennings first restaurant. The Jennings, whose company is called Urban Food Group, also own Porters Tavern, Coquette, Chow and two locations of Vivace, one in Charlotte and the other in Raleigh.
Jennings said they plan to focus on opening locations of Vivace in Denver, Washington, D.C. and Durham. For the latter, they have had initial talks with the folks behind Diamond View III, a new complex at the Durham Bulls ballpark and the American Tobacco complex.
Italian ice on wheels in downtown Raleigh
The newest food cart to the hit the streets of downtown Raleigh is Sweet Water Ices, a New York Ice Co. Its the work of two Long Island natives, Mike Beggen and Rich Conroy, both 30. They were visiting friends in Raleigh and noticed there was no place to get traditional Italian ice.
And so, Conroy says they thought: Why dont we just do our own?
They have more than 30 flavors but only serve five flavors at a time from their food bike. Recent offerings included cherry, rainbow, lemon and orange. A small costs $2 and a large costs $3.
For those who dont know, Italian ice is like a frozen slurpee made with real fruit juice and can be flecked with pieces of fruit. They squeeze fresh oranges for the orange ice. There are bits of real cherries in their cherry ice, which is their top seller. They dont use syrup or any artificial flavors.
They are parked outside the First Citizens Bank building on Martin Street. They hope to have a second bike in downtown Raleigh starting in July.
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