Retail: New coffee and beer bar coming to Raleigh’s Seaboard Station

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comFebruary 13, 2014 

A.J. Viola and Mike Sholar are brewing up a new type of place to drink.

Brew, a coffee and beer bar, is expected to open July 1 at Raleigh’s Seaboard Station.

Sholar and Viola plan to team with local brewers and coffee roasters for their beans and brews, and Raleigh Coffee Co. will serve as the place’s main roaster.

Other roasters will rotate in either weekly or monthly, although the duo are still working out the timing details and who those roasters will be. They also hope to pair with up-and-coming coffee places.

“As new places pop up, hopefully this will be a great opportunity for them to get their product out there,” Viola said.

Coffees will include cappuccinos, lattes, drip coffees and pour-overs, and prices will depend on the owners’ costs.

The partners are still working out the details on their beer offerings, but hope to feature of variety that includes one to two drafts at a time, along with a bottle selection.

Brew will be at 111 Seaboard Ave., Suite 116.

Charlie Dean, co-owner of Jujube Asian restaurant in Chapel Hill and Mexican place Dos Perros in Durham, is opening a third place.

Juju, a spin-off of Jujube but with small plates and dim-sum-style service, is expected to open in June or July at the Shops at Erwin Mill in Durham.

The new place will offer smaller and less expensive versions of many of Jujube’s dishes and will be similar to the concept Dean had for Jujube when it opened more than eight years ago.

Juju’s menu will have Jujube’s familiar hanger steak, crab cakes, dumplings made from vegetable, shrimp and scallion, and pork and cabbage, but will also have a larger variety of dumplings and appetizers such as house-made pickles and sesame-encrusted cashews. The restaurant will also use a Chinese roaster for duck, pork belly and chicken.

Juju’s menu will be two to three times bigger than Jujube’s, and because the portions are smaller, some of the items will be simple.

“We are doing clay-pot rice and very simple noodle dishes,” Dean said about Juju. “Noodle dishes have to be reasonably complex (at Jujube) because people consider them an entree, so you can’t just do soba noodles with scallions. But at Juju (that dish) will work.”

Small plate prices will range from about $5 to $15, Dean said.

Juju will be at the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road in the Shops at Erwin Mill.

H2Only Cleaners, a cleaner that uses water and a nontoxic and green cleaning process, opens May 1 in Greenbridge Condominiums in Chapel Hill. The store will offer pickup and delivery services in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and will be the Triangle’s third location.

Greenbridge is at the corner of Rosemary and North Graham streets.

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

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