Retail

Chapel Hill getting Irish pub

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comMay 2, 2013 

There will soon be a new place to grab a pint of Guinness, a Galway steak sandwich and a Blarney burger.

Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, an Irish-American restaurant and bar, opens its doors in Chapel Hill on May 10.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the second North Carolina location for owners Kevin Marcuse, Todd Milner and James Jackson. The business partners also operate Fitzgerald’s in Charlotte.

“We think (Chapel Hill) is a great market,” Marcuse said. “We’ve been looking to expand in Carolina … There isn’t an Irish-American concept in town. We found a nice niche here.”

Jackson, who has worked with Marcuse for years, will run the new location, and Marcuse will travel between the two restaurants.

Marcuse and Jackson previously worked together at the Charlotte restaurant operation company Bar Management Group, until Marcuse left to start a business that includes Fitzgerald’s and Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill in Charlotte.

The Chapel Hill restaurant, at 206 W. Franklin St., will hold a grand opening party May 10 that will feature $3 domestic draughts and $4 Irish beers, including Guinness, Harp, Magners and Murphy’s. The doors open at 5 p.m.

According to Marcuse, the menu includes about 95 percent American fare and a few Irish favorites. Among the offerings are fish and chips, wings and steaks.

The restaurant and its patio can hold up to 185 people.


Northgate Mall’s Endivo Hair Gallery is changing locations in the Durham shopping center. The full-service hair salon, which caters to all hair types, is hosting a celebration in its new space, Suite 241, near entrance eight and the carousel, at 9 a.m. May 11. The salon is owned by husband-and-wife team Mavis and Michael Peaks.


LaVida Massage, which offers massage and skin care services, is opening a new location at 13600 New Falls of Neuse Road in the Shoppes at Wakefield in Raleigh. The store will be run by former personal trainers Jill and Weston Norris and is expected to open early this month. This is the chain’s fifth North Carolina store.


GreenPea Baby & Child, a children’s clothing and maternity boutique, is doubling its space by moving from downtown Apex to 109-C Waverly Place in Cary. The store will close its Apex doors Saturday, May 4 and will open at the new location Wednesday, May 8. The shop will hold a grand opening that will include a maternity registration party and design seminar hosted by Raleigh’s Edward Walker from The Learning Channel’s show, “Trading Spaces.” The event will take place from May 14 until May 18.

In other kid-related retail news: Time For Art Kids, an art studio for children ages 6 to 11, has moved to a larger studio in the Lochmere Pavilion located at 2425 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary.


Whispering Hope Stables, a horse-boarding farm, has opened at 5237 Theys Road in Raleigh. Steve and Amy Peters purchased and began renovating the equestrian facility and private boarding stables, which includes more than 70 acres of pastures, barns and riding trails, in September … John Abram Agency, a Nationwide insurance firm, is moving to 2000 Bearcat Way, Suite 101 in Morrisville. The staff will hold a ribbon cutting on May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Send retail news to Jessaca Giglio at jmgiglio@newsobserver.com.

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