Retail: New Glenwood South bar will be all about beer

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comJanuary 30, 2014 

An open bar with lots of beer is coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South.

North Street Beer Station, which is expected to open by March 1, will focus on local and national craft beers, and plans to offer more than 700 types of bottled beer, 13 rotating taps, growler service and wine by the glass.

“(I want) to have a good beer spot for the people of Glenwood South,” owner Brad Deifer wrote in an email.

Customers will have the option of drinking at the bar, ordering six-packs to go via the North Street Beer Station app or at the bar, or becoming members of the bar’s delivery service club, which Deifer said will “eventually function as a weekly home-delivery service.”

The bar will not serve food but is working with local restaurants such as Clockwork to have menu items delivered to North Street Beer Station’s bar patrons.

According to Deifer, draft beer prices will range from about $5 to about $7, and bottles will be comparable to craft beer prices at convenience stores.

Deifer, former co-owner of Crafty Beer Shop at Raleigh’s Five Points, said the 2,300-square-foot space has a garage door that opens to give the bar a large and relaxed feel. The place will seat about 12 at the bar and have tables that will fit about 16 more. North Street Beer Station will also eventually have outdoor seating.

Deifer hopes North Street Beer Station will become a cozy, neighborhood bar for the people of Glenwood South.

“It’s going to be a vibrant, open and hip spot with Wi-Fi, good music (and a) huge beer selection,” Deifer wrote. “I plan to be very active in the Glenwood South area and work with other businesses to create a cool, eclectic and interesting space to draw more people to the area.”

North Street Beer Station will be at 521 W. North St., in the former Stitch space.

Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits, a coffee shop and full bar, has opened in Durham.

Owner Matt Victoriano, a retired Marine scout sniper team leader, said his plan is to “bring people together and give them a place they feel at home.”

The place serves coffee, including basic drips, lattes, espressos and 1-pound bags, from Hillsborough craft roaster Joe Van Gogh. Victoriano is in the process of getting permits to serve alcohol, and hopes to start offering mixed drinks, beer and wine in about a month.

Victoriano said his bar will focus on having different types of beer, including Indian pale ale and Belgium, and wants to work with breweries that integrate social and environmental advocacies.

Once Intrepid starts serving alcohol, it will operate as a private club because it doesn’t serve food. Memberships will probably be about $1, Victoriano said.

The owner also plans to offer a different type of membership – one that gives a portion of its fees to social causes, and offers discounts on coffee and alcohol to those members throughout the year.

Coffee prices range from about $2.25 for a cup of basic drip to about $12 for a 1-pound bag.

Intrepid is set up in an open space with a platform in the middle, surrounded by different seating areas that have couches, tables or work stations.

“It can feel like you’re in a different space within the same space,” Victoriano said.

Victoriano also hopes to evolve into a company that will offer a living wage to its employees, including other combat veterans who might be having a hard time readjusting to life after the military.

“I struggled to find a meaning and purpose after I got out in 2004,” Victoriano said. “I like the atmosphere ... you can accomplish with the business model of coffee shops and bars. ... It can bring people together and help them to help other people.”

Intrepid is at 106 W. Parrish St., Suite 1, across from Loaf.

Zaxby’s, a chain that offers chicken sandwiches, wings and chicken fingers, has opened in Holly Springs. The restaurant is owned by San Diego Chargers strong safety Marcus Gilchrist, who is from High Point and played football at Clemson University.

Zaxby’s, the town’s first, is at 101 Grand Hill Place, next to Target.

Embroidery services company EmbroidMe is opening a franchise in March at 105 W. Highway 54, Suite 261 in Durham.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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