Retail: Hibernian's Niall Hanley readies three restaurants for Raleigh

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 12, 2013 

There’s nothing better than a good pint of beer on an outdoor patio.

Niall Hanley, the owner of Hibernian Irish Pub, Solas and Dos Taquitos Xoco, will be able to offer plenty of both when he finishes his three current projects: The Station, Raleigh Beer Garden and the rebuilding of the Glenwood South Hibernian that burned to the ground in December.

The Station, a restaurant and bar going into the old Rosie’s Plate space near downtown Raleigh, is set to open in about three weeks.

The place will offer pizza, sandwiches, brunch, desserts and daily specials. Hanley plans to incorporate local craft beers into the bar menu and rotate the brews each month.

The Station joins several other new restaurants opened or planning to open soon on Person Street, such as Yellow Dog Bread Co., Person Street Neighborhood Bar, and Wine Authorities. Hanley thinks the mix will be good for business.

“More restaurants give people more choices, then more people go out,” Hanley said. “The more the merrier. The businesses feed off of each other.”

The Station’s roughly 3,400-square-foot space will include an outdoor, covered bar on a patio with fire pits that Hanley hopes will give off a cozy vibe in the cooler months.

Hanley, who bought The Station building, is excited about the move to a neighborhood that he considers an up-and-coming hot spot.

“The Person Street corridor in itself is going to be the next very-talked-about destination for bars, restaurants and galleries,” Hanley said.

The Station is at 701 N. Person St..

In the spring, Hanley is turning his Glenwood South office into the Raleigh Beer Garden, a bar and restaurant that aims to incorporate plants into an outdoor bar space.

“Think a lot of greenery with beer,” Hanley said.

The new 10,000-square-foot place will have a large indoor space and several outdoor components, including a couple of balconies. Hanley plans to offer an extensive beer list with more than 100 taps that include many local craft brews.

“We want to sell all these cool craft beers that all these geniuses are brewing,” Hanley said. “We’ll have a good local mix.”

Raleigh Beer Garden is at 614 Glenwood Ave., between David Wade Salon and Harry’s Guitar Shop.

Hibernian Irish Pub, which burned down in a December 2012 kitchen fire, is expected to reopen by the end of the year with a lot more space and a new look.

Hanley is using the reconstruction as an opportunity to build up. He’s adding a second floor to the building, which sits on the corner of North Street and Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. It will feature a long balcony overlooking Glenwood and a rooftop patio bar that runs along North.

The new 7,500-square-foot space will be twice the size of the old spot that opened in 2000.

Hibernian’s menu will stay the same, with Irish offerings that include fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie.

Hanley, who has other Hibernian locations in Cary and North Raleigh, is looking forward to reopening his pub and contributing again to the Glenwood South atmosphere.

“I miss the pub. I think a lot of people do,” Hanley said. “I think it will be a big addition for the street again. I didn’t realize how much of an anchor it was until it was gone.”

Hibernian is at 311 Glenwood Ave.

Outsiders Art & Collectibles, a Durham art gallery that focuses on artists who are self-taught and untrained, is closing in December.

“I don’t think I’m alone when I say it’s really hard to make a living by owning an art gallery,” owner Pam Gutlon said. “In the traditional gallery model, I don’t see how anyone can survive.”

Gutlon opened Outsiders in 2009 as a way to expose the Triangle to outsider artists.

The original mission of the gallery was to bring the community together through art, music and food.

Gutlon has done just that by hosting “From the Porch” art shows on the big porch on the front of the home that houses the gallery. Outsiders also hosted some of Durham’s first food-truck rodeos.

The gallery showcases and sells artwork that ranges from paintings and sculptures to found art and collage. The gallery works with area businesses to exhibit work from artists whom Gutlon represents, something she hopes to continue.

The gallery isn’t taking in any new inventory and plans to have sales to get rid of items already in stock. She’ll return consigned art to artists if they don’t sell.

This fall, Gutlon plans to end the gallery’s run as it started – with art, music and food at a party she’s calling The Last Waltz. She plans to curate an art show, have food trucks and invite all the musicians who have played at Outsiders since it opened.

“I know it’s time,” Gutlon said. “I need to make a living, but I will miss this house.”

Several new stores and restaurants have signed leases at Crescent Cameron Village, the street-front retail shops housed in the Crescent apartment complex at Cameron Village in Raleigh.

The list includes Faire, a steak and seafood restaurant that’s part of Eschelon Experiences, the group that owns Sono Japanese Restaurant and The Oxford Gastropub; Brixx Wood Fired Pizza; Flywheel Sports, an indoor workout studio; coffee shop Benelux Coffee; and Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spas.

Mori Luggage & Gifts, an Atlanta-based luggage, briefcase, backpack and wallet retailer with stores throughout the Southeast, is opening its fourth North Carolina location at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint in October.

The store will be in the Macy’s wing of the mall’s lower level.

Carolina Pottery, a home décor store that sells everything from wicker furniture and faux floral to pillows and lamps, is reopening its Cary store in March 2014. The new 96,000-square-foot shop will be at 960 Kildaire Farm Road, in the old K-Mart building.

The original Cary shop closed earlier this year after the shopping center where it was located was replaced by a soon-to-be Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

Giglio: 919-829-4649, or on Twitter @shoptalk_nando.

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