Craft beer shop Paddy O’Beers to open on Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street this year

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 3, 2013 

You’re in luck, downtown Raleigh.

Paddy O’Beers, a craft beer shop and tasting bar, is opening on Fayetteville Street around Thanksgiving.

But don’t let the bar’s name and leprechaun logo fool you into thinking it’s a traditional Irish pub. It’s not.

The place aims to have a community atmosphere – just like an Irish pub. However, the bar’s name reflects its large outdoor space, where owner Zack Medford hopes customers will meet up, relax and enjoy patio beers.

And Paddy O’Beers is all about craft brews.

Medford, who owns Coglin’s and Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern in downtown Raleigh, said Paddy O’Beers will feature six rotating taps that will always include at least one local brewery, such as Lonerider.

“North Carolina has the best beer in the nation,” Medford said.

Medford will choose the taps based on the season; he’ll serve pumpkin beers in the fall and lighter beers in the spring.

Customers wanting bottled beer are in luck, too. The shop will have shelves and refrigerators filled with craft beers from breweries around the nation and world. Bottled beer can also be purchased to take home.

“We’ll have fridges with singles and shelves lined with six packs that are not refrigerated,” Medford said. “We’ll also have cold beer to go.”

Paddy O’Beers will offer a few wines and some flavored sakes. But those looking for an Irish whiskey will have to go elsewhere. Liquor and mixed drinks aren’t on the menu.

The 800-square-foot space will have six or seven barstools and community tables for about 20 people, and have Irish-inspired decor.

And that large patio? It will seat about 20 to 30 people.

Paddy O’Beers will serve snacks items such as nuts and cheeses.

Medford said the place will focus on being friendly and educational.

“We’re trying to take a more approachable take on the craft beer market,” Medford said. “Instead of feeling intimidated, we’re here to teach you and show you some new stuff.”

Paddy O’Beers will be at 121 Fayetteville St., next to Eye Care Center.

Dessert business closing 2 locations

Locopops, a handcrafted, frozen dessert that comes in flavors such as mojito, sea salt caramel and strawberry banana, is closing its Raleigh and Chapel Hill stores Oct. 27.

The leases are up at the shops, which both opened in the spring of 2007, giving owner Summer Bicknell the opportunity to change the company’s business model to something more mobile, which is what she said customers want.

“When we opened in 2005, brick-and-mortar made an awful lot of sense,” Bicknell said. “A lot has changed since then, including how people interact with food and treats. … The expectation from consumers is they want us to come to them instead of them coming to you.”

The Durham flagship store, which opened in 2005, will stay open, and the frozen treats will continue to be produced from there.

Bicknell thinks closing the stores will also increase the demand for her wholesale products. Locopops are sold at about 20 locations, including Durham Bulls games, Pullen Park, Rebus Works, the Weaver Street Market and NOFO @ the Pig.

The Locopops owner wants to change its mobile operations from push carts to something that will reach a broader scale of customers.

“Carts are cute, but you still have to take them to the event and take them home,” Bicknell said. “We’re looking for something mobile so we can look to do more neighborhood routes. It’s hard to find someone to push a cart 2 miles a day.”

Bicknell will honor customers’ gift certificates and frequent flier cards at the Durham store. She’ll also redeem partial frequent flier cards at the Raleigh and Chapel Hill stores until those locations close.

Locopops is at 231 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill, 1908 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh and 2604A Hillsborough Road in Durham.

Economy leads to restaurant closing

Klara’s, a Czech cuisine restaurant near the N.C. State University campus, is closing Friday after a year.

Co-owner Klara Novakova said the restaurant is shutting down because of the struggling economy and lack of customers – especially students.

“The hardest part was always getting people inside,” Novakova said. “(People) didn’t really understand the cuisine, but once you came in, you were hooked.”

Novakova used coupons, promotions, discounts and the proximity to campus to try to lure the college crowd.

“Maybe for students, it was easier to get a pizza,” Novakova said. “I have no regrets. It’s been a great five years with great customers.”

The restaurant, which closed its original Cary location in February after 4-1/2 years, will offer a limited lunch and dinner menu on its last day.

Klara’s is at 2418 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh.

Starbucks opens in Garner Target

Starbucks has opened inside Target at Garner Towne Square at 2700 Timber Drive in Garner. … Yellow House Floral and Gifts, a seasonal business that sells items such as home decor, ornaments, T-shirts and handbags, is reopening Friday for the fall and holiday season. Yellow House is at 10024 Old Stage Road in Raleigh. … Build-A-Bear Workshop, a retailer that allows customers to make their own stuffed animals, is expected to reopen at Crabtree Valley Mall Oct. 11. The store, located on the lower level, next to the Disney Store, closed in August for remodeling.

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