New café coming to downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District

From Staff ReportsMay 9, 2013 

Good news, coffee lovers.

There’s a new café coming to downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.

Café de los Muertos, an online coffee retailer and roaster, is opening a brick-and-mortar coffee house that will serve locally roasted coffee and pre-made food.

The shop, whose name means “coffee of the dead,” will be located next to Cirque de Vol Studios in the condo-turned-apartment complex, Hue, on W. Hargett Street.

“It’s in the one space that’s never been used,” said Mac Cady, Café de los Muertos owner.

Cady researched different areas, including Historic Oakwood, before settling on the Warehouse District. Cady also said that York Properties, which manages the retail space in Hue, has been generous in letting him make changes to the property, including adding a garage door that can be opened to create an outdoor-feel in the space when the weather is nice.

The shop will also feature an 800-square-foot mezzanine that can be used for events.

Cady wants to support his fellow area businesses by featuring three to four local roasters on the menu and offering food pre-made by local restaurants. He wants the menu to include sandwiches – especially chicken salad – and other items that will be easy for customers to pick up and take back to work.

“I plan to have three to four different food people,” Cady said. “It’s going to be their thing that they can promote.”

Cady roasts his own coffee and has teamed up with Raleigh Coffee Co. and Oak City Coffee Roasters to offer their beans in the shop. He also plans to add another local coffee roaster to the mix.

The Atlanta native also hopes to use the mezzanine of his new space as a place where the other coffee companies can hold events such as coffee tastings and product presentations.

Cady plans to continue his online coffee business, which he’s operated for more than two years.

Oak City Coffee Roasters owner Bill Landahl, who is in the process of moving his business to W. Hargett Street, behind the Boylan Bridge Brewpub, is looking forward to the partnership and being in his new spot.

Landahl’s goal is to eventually open to the public and be a place where customers can have coffee roasted while they wait.

“We are going to be the center of coffee in Raleigh,” Landahl said. “We don’t have our own coffee identity, and it’s something we should have. It’s fitting for the city.”

Café de los Muertos is expected to open by late summer.

It’s A Ruff Life Pet Care is coming to Cary. The pet walking and feeding business will offer services such as play time, kitty litter removal, plant watering and mail and newspaper pick up. Owner Julie Clifford will provide care for all types of animals, including dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, rabbits, birds and pocket pets. It’s a Ruff Life will service Cary and its surrounding communities.

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar, a gourmet burger restaurant chain, is coming to the Streets at Southpoint in Durham. Look for it to open in August.

Discount Tire, a Michigan-based tire service center, is opening a store and garage in Raleigh near Garner. The new space is on Fayetteville Road in the same shopping center as Walmart. “It’s a wonderful location in a terrific trade area,” said Mark Walters, Discount Tire vice president.

Discount Tire was founded in 1960. The new store, which is expected to open in the next couple of weeks, will be the retailer’s eighth Triangle location.

Franklin Street Yoga Center has moved to 431 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill. The studio will hold a ribbon cutting at the new location at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Staff writer Jessaca Giglio

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